Derbyshire manufacturer announces plans to leave county

Abru Ladders' Belper base at the Derwentside Industrial Park (Photo: Google).
Abru Ladders' Belper base at the Derwentside Industrial Park (Photo: Google).

A major Derbyshire manufacturer which until recently employed 120 people has announced it is to finally leave the county later this year.

Belper-based Abru Ladders, which is based at the Derwentside Industrial Park on Derby Road, will end all production at the site by September this year - moving manufacturing to its Essex plant at Maldon.

The move, announced by Abru’s parent company Werner UK, comes hot on the heels of Belper clothing giant Courtaulds’ administration, which itself led to the loss of more than 300 jobs.

A statement from the company said: “Werner UK has announced that it will cease manufacturing operations at its Belper facility in Derbyshire, UK and consolidate all its ladder manufacturing for the UK market into its other world-wide manufacturing operations including Maldon, Essex. This process will reach completion by September 2016.

“The primary reason for this decision is for the company to leverage its global manufacturing facilities as efficiently as possible in the face of increasing pressure from worldwide competitors.

“Werner UK and Abru Ladders are grateful for the dedication of their employees, and will work closely with unions and employees to ensure a smooth transition.

“During the coming weeks all employees will be given more information with regard to how this transition will affect them. The Maldon, UK facility will continue its current operations as a centre of excellence for tower based products in addition to certain ladder ranges for the UK market.

“The existing warehousing and distribution facilities operated out of Belper will relocate to an appropriate location and expand to include all ladders for distribution in the UK market. Werner UK is passionate about providing safe, reliable products that meet UK and European standards and will maintain these standards through continued rigorous quality control systems.”