eading automotive plastic component supplier Nifco UK called on Rubb to design and construct a custom storage

building solution. Nifco UK is based close to Rubb in Stockton-on-Tees and has been in business since 1967, formerly known as Elta Plastics Ltd. Nifco is a global company employing over 10,000 people in 17 countries. The company specialises in designing and manufacturing plastic components for the global automotive industry, which are used in the interior, exterior and engines of vehicles. Rubb supplied Nifco UK with a custom designed structure

Johnson Matthey is a global leader in speciality chemicals and sustainable technologies. The UK based company applies science to find solutions to the world’s big challenges including clean air and a more efficient use of the planet’s natural resources


ohnson Matthey were in need of a canopy structure to create a covered

loading area for trailers due to concerns that the wind around the trailer posts could cause whiplash and become a safety risk for employees. After searching online, the team at

Johnson Matthey had contacted three UK canopy providers. CopriSystems proved to be the best choice as Johnson Matthey were impressed with the company’s in depth knowledge, competitive prices and how easy the team were to deal with. Sarah Brown, logistics manager at

Johnson Matthey commented that the organisation were very happy with how the team at CopriSystems were able to “guide them through the process” as they themselves were initially unsure of what kind of temporary structure they needed. CopriSystems proposed a scheme bespoke for them and available for rental which could be installed with minimum delay and disruption on the site. The rental agreement was tailored to a five year term with option to purchase at the end and enabled the facility to be funded from a revenue budget. The facility, measuring 36m wide with a

length of 18m is in two sections. The main section, used for loading of vehicles, has a width of 24m, a length of 18m and an internal height of 5.57m. A storage section on one side has a width of 12m, a length of 18m and a height of 4.3m. The frame is of hot-dipped galvanised steel with a heavy duty PVC coated polyester fabric under tension to increase longevity. The front access is


provided by full width steel-reinforced sliding curtains of the same fabric running in a steel-lined chase in the concrete base. The rear has a fixed curtain using the same design. A roller shutter door was provided in one side together with a pedestrian side exit door. Lighting was also supplied to 150 lux. Since CopriSystems installed the structures they have required very little maintenance. In fact, the team at Johnson Matthey have only needed to tighten the canopy’s Velcro straps which are attached to the steel structure underneath. Since the installation, the canopy has

withstood harsh weather conditions and also an attempted break in. According to Brown, “burglars tried to cut their way in” but were unsuccessful. Afterwards, the tears in the canopy were sealed using patches on the inside which have held together well and can’t be seen from the outside. Johnson Matthey took a further step to getting the most out of their canopy by deciding to build an office inside the structure. This has made work flow much more efficient which was “an unexpected benefit”, says Brown. When asked about her experience with

CopriSystems’ installation crew, Brown commented that they were “quick, easy and worked safely”. The crew also worked through all the onsite systems which Johnson Matthey found to be a “major bonus”. Brown also said that she was impressed with CopriSystems’ ability to offer a quick process from start to finish.


to maximise available space. The storage warehouse measures 28.3m wide x 48 long with an eaves high of 6.5m for the clearance of lorries and internal racking units. The building was also designed with two fire access doors and a guttering system. With the building construction being so close to an existing canopy, the Rubb team had to make sure the space in between the buildings was weather tight, with a PVC fabric, sealed termination cover. The steel frame of the building is hot dip galvanized after

production to eliminate any chance of corrosion. The frame comes with a 25-year warranty and the PVC coated, light weight fabric cladding requires very low maintenance and comes with a manufacturers’ warranty of 10 years. While constructing the new Rubb storage facility, the

team worked around the normal day-to-day running of the Nifco business. As well as serving as a pallet storage facility, the building has two 6m wide x 6m high openings at each end to accommodate the entrance and exit of the transport through road. As the structure was being built across a busy area of the business, the Rubb team needed to adapt the building plan to fit in with working hours and area usage to cancel out any downtime. The Rubb team worked closely with Nifco plant engineering

manager, Jim Bell, to make sure the proposed structure was going to be the perfect solution for Nifco’s pallet storage needs. Bell said: “There were a number of reasons why Nifco went with a Rubb structure. The design of the building and the way it was manufactured demonstrated that this structure was built with longevity in mind. The building is easily adaptable to accommodate accessories needed for the building to perform. The Rubb company is local to us in the North East, and like Rubb, Nifco is a firm believer of supporting local business.”

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