Scott Bader celebrates anniversary, expansion of French facility

The Amiens, France, facility, which makes resins and adhesives, opened in 1966 and has undergone a €4.2 million expansion.

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Scott Bader (Wollaston, Northamptonshire, UK) recently celebrated the 50th anniversary and expansion of its Amiens, France, facility. The plant, which opened in 1966, has undergone a €4.2 million expansion and modernisation, with a new and bigger warehouse and a new administration building. The expansion was completed and operational in late 2015. This major site expansion has provided Scott Bader France with an additional 13,000m2, almost doubling the size of the production site to just less than 28,000m2.

Customers have experienced an improved distribution service from a new state-of the-art logistics centere, complete with all-weather covered loading bays. There is also more space for stockholding of raw materials and finished goods in the new 2,500m2 purpose-built, OHSAS 18001-certified high-rise warehouse, designed for efficiently handling palletised, drum, keg and IBC-packaged composites and specialty polymer products. 

Jean-Marc Bain, the president of Scott Bader France, says, “The original site enabled us to grow our business over the last 50 years, but for continued growth we needed to expand. We were delighted to finally secure a deal for the land next door and to get the financial backing from the Scott Bader Group Board to enable the Amiens site expansion to become a reality. This is very good news for today and the future. We have not only significantly improved our operational facilities and working environment, but the site expansion has freed up space on the original site for installing additional reactors and mixers, so we can increase our production capacity to keep pace with market growth and customer demand going forward.” 

The Amiens plant manufactures unsaturated polyester resins, advanced gelcoats and structural adhesives, as well as a wide range of speciality chemical products using water-based and solvent-borne polymer technologies.