Sound investment for family-run Burry Port manufacturer

Posted on 1 Feb 2016 by Callum Bentley

A family-run manufacturer of sound-proof enclosures has secured a £300,000 funding package to help significantly increase capacity and grow its customer base.

(Amcanu) L-R Dave Williams%2c Owain Davies
(L to R) David Williams, manufacturing relationship manager (Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking) and Owain Davies, managing director (Amcanu Limited).

Amcanu Limited – established in 1975 and based in Burry Port – specialises in building industrial sound enclosures for the quarrying, construction, manufacturing and energy industries across Europe, Australia and South Africa.

After recognising the need to upgrade its existing equipment to improve its operational efficiency, the company approached long-term banking partner, Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking for support.

The bank provided a £50,000 asset finance facility, enabling Amcanu to buy two new fork-lifts, as well as access funds against the value of the machinery.

The bank also offered a £250,000 commercial loan to support with the purchase of a new powder coating plant, which is due to be installed in February.

Once implemented, the plant will reduce current production time by half to 20 mins, allowing the business to significantly increase capacity, and ultimately grow its customer base.

To support with the operation and maintenance of the plant, the company has recruited two new mechanics, bringing the total headcount to 33.

Owain Davies, managing director at Amcanu Limited, commented: “Our existing plant had been in place for more than 20 years, and updating it was the next step in our growth strategy.

“The forklifts will also help us increase the speed of our day-to-day operations.

“The funding Lloyds Bank provided has been instrumental in securing the machinery and we’re grateful for their ongoing support as we plan for future growth.”

David Williams, manufacturing relationship manager at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, said: “Over the past 40 years, Amcanu has become a leading manufacturer in its field, so it’s important it has access to the finance that enables them to retain this position moving forward.

“Through our knowledge of the sector, we’ve been able to provide a tailored funding solution which has helped the business purchase this high-quality piece of machinery that will form a solid foundation for future growth.”