Imperial Sanitaryware Ltd has bought fellow bathroom manufacturer Ideal Standard’s factory in Middlewich, Cheshire.
The factory will be run under the Imperial subsidiary Ours Sanitary Ware Ltd with the aim of employing 150 people by May 2012. Ours Sanitary Ware Ltd is a sister company to the UK based Impulse Bathroom Products Ltd; both are members of Imperial Sanitary Ware Ltd which is itself subsidiary of the Hong Kong based multi-national HKR International Ltd
Ideal Standard closed the factory in January when it slashed 20% of its workforce, blaming worsening economic conditions in the bathroom market.
Imperial managing director Jan Klomp says: “This deal will restore a Manufacturing facility and many Employment opportunities in a community that has served this business site for many generations. It will bring back skill requirements that were thought to have left the North West many years ago.
“We are proud to be re-entering the UK market as a Manufacturer and have been overwhelmed by all the support and assistance.”
Imperial is an international bathroom products company based in Hong Kong with manufacturing facilities in Zhongshan (Guangdong), China and distribution subsidiaries in several countries. Its products are marketed mainly to Australia, the UK, the US, and China and is a division of HKR International Limited, a public listed company in Hong Kong.