Increased customer demand has driven a dramatic expansion in the premises of plastic colourant and additive manufacturing specialists ColorMatrix, located in Knowsley Business Park, Knowsley, Prescot.
The expansion has comprised a number of construction contracts including extension of the company’s existing European offices, the refurbishment of accommodation within the company’s global technology centre, the provision of additional office and laboratory accommodation, the construction of a new goods yard, and the reconfiguration of the firm’s manufacturing facility.
The two storey extension, completed in April 2011, was constructed on an empty site and is structured around a steel frame with external elevations in white coloured metal cladding to match the other buildings on the business park. External works included the creation of a new landscaped garden with patio area to the rear of the building and new paving.
“Everybody thinks the new extension is wonderful” said Caroline Porter of ColorMatrix.
The construction of the new extension sparked another project carried out by White Space Interiors – to internally refurbish the existing building to which it is attached, to make the new and old elements read as one. These works included re-decoration, the installation of new fixtures and fittings and re-carpeting.
Two further projects, carried out by Adrian Lewis, involved the refurbishment of the company’s existing global technology centre and the provision of additional accommodation, The improvements to the global technology centre were undertaken within the centre’s equipment storage hall which houses the equipment used by the company’s research and development team.
The building was stripped back to core state, with the works including the installation of new building services such as heating, lighting, electrics and drainage, the creation of new employee welfare facilities, and a new laboratory area, re-decoration and the re-location of equipment, including heavy items.
A new Portacabin type building containing laboratories on the ground floor and offices on the first floor and has also been erected next to the global technology centre, providing additional accommodation.
“The upgraded premises are now a much nicer place to work – light, bright and airy” said Carol Porter.
A third phase of works, now underway, involves the creation of a new goods yard to the rear of the company’s premises, replacing a former goods yard to the front of the building. These works, which include the construction of a bridge system over natural water channels on the site and the construction of concrete loading platforms, are also being carried out by Sutcliffe Construction. The works are being undertaken mindful of the needs of indigenous water voles on the site.
The final phase of work involves the internal reconfiguration of the company’s manufacturing facility to create more space, made available by the relocation of offices to the Portacabin type building.
ColorMatrix is dedicated to advancing the potential of plastics. Their advanced colorant and additive technologies are engineered to improve the aesthetics, sustainability, performance and processing of plastic products. Their additives also play an important role in protecting products that are contained in plastic.
Working closely with customers, ColorMatrix develop a deep understanding of each client’s production systems. This, combined with the company’s extensive knowledge of polymer processing, enables them to deliver technologies that can add real value.
With a strong focus on innovation and more than 30 global patents, ColorMatrix is now widely considered to be the leader in the research and development of liquid colorant and additives for thermoplastics.
Using state-of-the-art analytical equipment their dedicated R&D teams undertake detailed material analysis, rheological testing and production trials. Their expertise in engineering advanced carrier systems and functional additives is unrivalled.
ColorMatrix has a strong focus on innovating technologies that help their customers to become more sustainable. In the PET packaging sector in particular, ColourMatrix has made advances throughout the PET processing pipeline to improve container recyclability, improve energy efficiencies during processing, reduce material consumption by enabling container lightweighting and developing advanced colorant and additive systems that drive down waste and inventory.