North East-based manufacturer, Ebac will welcome His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent when he opens their new washing machine production line on November 5.
The line has been developed with support of £1m from a Regional Growth Fund (RGF) grant from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and £6m of the company’s own funds to make this the only line of British made washing machines.
The production line has taken five years of planning and ongoing research and development,which includes the views of thousands of consumers.
After saving the Norfrost chest freezer brand from administration and restoring the UK-based manufacture of the product, the company aims to secure and double the current workforce of 200.
Ebac has been producing dehumdifiers and water cooling technologies for more than 40 and 20 years respectively and the company is now gearing up for the busy winter period.
With the recent launch of the Norfrost by Ebac chest freezer the production of washing machines is the next step in Ebac’s 10 year plan to become a household name in the white goods sector.
The chairman of Ebac, John Elliott MBE, will welcome His Royal Highness to the factory.
Elliott commented: “We are honoured and delighted that His Royal Highness is taking the time to visit the factory to open the washing machine production facility, which will bring manufacturing of these appliances back to the UK.
“It is so important that UK manufacturing receives support and recognition for the vital role it plays in the economy.
“Ebac is very proud of its heritage as a manufacturer of dehumidifiers and water-coolers and this next stage of its history has received a real boost with the interest shown by His Royal Highness and his support for British manufacturing.”