20 July 2024, 14:03
By Furniture News Feb 20, 2022

GNG outlines expansion plans for Mattress Division

GNG Group, manufacturer of performance products for the healthcare, sports, safety, consumer and contract mattress sectors, has confirmed its latest expansion plans, with a new 40,000 sqft factory and warehouse unit in Normanton, West Yorkshire.

The new unit, due to be operational from April, will accommodate the company’s growing medical and consumer mattress manufacturing division, enabling it to expand its production capacity by more than +300%. GNG will also be looking to create at least 50 new jobs in the region over the next three years, to fully support this expansion and planned export reach.

The existing 30,000 sqft warehouse at Navigation Yard in Wakefield will be utilised for GNG's Sports & Safety Division, increasing floor space and production capacity to meet the growing demand for specialist products in this sector. The company markets to a diverse range of businesses, and is a leading UK supplier of foam-based gym equipment into Europe and the US.

The group has seen business increase by +70% throughout the pandemic, as the company remained fully operational during lockdown to meet the unprecedented demand from the NHS critical care supply chain. This was combined with the relaunch of the Komfi mattress brand to the UK consumer market.

Komfi's sales director, Stuart Hibbert, says: "This move for the Mattress Division is paramount to the continued success of our Komfi vacuum-packed mattress range – particularly our new eco collections, which have been designed and developed to look at alternative comfort fillings to more traditional foams. We want to manufacture products that are designed to be more sustainable and recyclable, taking end-of-life mattresses out of landfill and back into the recycling chain. Our new Rhea Collection features our exclusive Ecofoam and EcoAdvance, plus two carbon neutral models, which are creating a huge amount of interest from our retail customers and group accounts, who are looking to meet the demands of today's eco-conscious consumer."

Having achieved carbon neutral certification in 2019, GNG will be equipping the Normanton site with the latest low-energy lighting, solar power and electric fork trucks, along with additional investment in machinery to maximise production and efficiency to reduce its carbon footprint even further. The company considers this essential to enable less offsetting in future years.

Group MD Darren Potterton, who has spearheaded the expansion plans, comments: “I’m delighted at the group's performance and staff commitment throughout these turbulent times, and can see a bright future for the company, following the new investment and support from key Government manufacturing initiatives. The facility will be ready in time for our new business demands and pivotal to growing existing and new export opportunities. British manufacturing is at an exciting time and I’m really looking forward to establishing GNG as a market leader in dynamic, eco-friendly medical and consumer mattress design and supply in the UK and beyond."

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