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National Timber Group opens up doorset acquisition

National Timber Group, the  timber distribution and processing group which owns Arnold Laver and Rembrandt Timber has bought acquires Cotswold Manufacturing, to boost it’s strength in the UK timber interior door-set market.

Established in 2005, Cotswold Manufacturing is a specialist manufacturer of timber fire and acoustic doors, doorsets, door kits and screens for the commercial, residential, education and leisure markets. Operating from an 80,000 square foot facility in Thornaby, near Stockton-on-Tees, the business has invested heavily in leading edge CNC technology, lamination and priming lines. This means it can produce a full range of fully finished doors and doorsets from a single site.

This acquisition offers National Timber Group the strategic opportunity to increase its manufacturing capacity to the benefit of existing and new customers of its joinery products.

The business will continue to operate from the Thornaby site which will become a centre of excellence for doorset production. Ken Napper, the current owner of Cotswold Manufacturing will continue to lead the business reporting to Rob Barclay, chief executive of National Timber Group, who said: “I am delighted to welcome Cotswold Manufacturing into the Group. We have many values in common and share an ambition to be the leading manufacturer of high quality timber doorsets in the UK. Cotswold Manufacturing is an innovative, well-invested company so this transaction is highly complementary and allows us to expand our business to the benefit of our customers, as well as creating more employment opportunities in Teesside.”

Napper added: “The coming together of Cotswold Manufacturing and National Timber Group is the logical progression for the strong business that I have developed over many years. The alignment of our goals, values and vision, offers significant benefits for both companies. I am delighted that we have been able to secure jobs and career development opportunities for 45 people at Thornaby and look forward to growing this business with the support of the National Timber Group.”

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