In between there are separate departments for ; Wood Machining – to cut, drill, laminate, shape and sand the wood sheets and laminates into furniture panels and components. Polishing – to sand, stain and varnish these panels and components into fully finished items ready for assembly. This department also produces the Ambic signature polished waterproof edges. Welding – this shop uses lengths of steel tube which are cut and welded into substantial frames for furniture items, tables and desks. This department has the latest CNC tube bending machine to produce the smooth rounded furniture without sharp corners necessary within schools. Sheet Metalwork – using flat sheets of steel guillotined, formed and fabricated into metal components used in the manufacture and assembly of furniture and incorporated to improve the strength and rigidity of Ambic furniture not found in lesser quality suppliers. Powder coating & Painting – Used to produce a hard wearing durable finish which complements the high standards maintained in the products of the company as this facility is in house the process enables a more rapid delivery schedule and allows the company to maintain its quality standards. Precision Engineering & Tool Making – Supports the factory manufacturing equipment and produces bespoke precision components. Assembly area with installation teams – All Ambic furniture is delivered fully assembled either in the factory or on site by our site fitting teams where fitted furniture has been specified. This department is supported by our fleet of 10 vehicles covering England, Scotland, and Wales.
Solid Grade Laminate Fabrication (Trespa) – produces toilet cubicles, wet areas laboratories, kitchen areas, Solid Surfacing Fabrication (Corian, Staron) – produces food server counters, laboratories and high specification installations. Plastics Fabrication (Perspex, Polyethylene, PVC). Sand Blasting – Renovation of metal items our customers wish to have refurbished, Vinyl Cutting – In house facility to cut out coloured animal shapes, plant shapes and lettering. Stores – stock of furniture components, building, plumbing, drainage, plastering, decorating, flooring, ceiling and electrical materials.
Current Business Model
To date the business has expanded by personal recommendation and has mainly been confined to the North East of England covering an area of approximately 320 sq miles. The customers are 90% educational however we do supply the pharmaceutical industry, industrial laboratories and we have supplied larger customers with bespoke items including Siemens, Rolls Royce, Nissan, British Rail and the National Services supply industry.
This business model achieved an average expansion rate of 22% for 27 years and since the recession with some diversification and investment in marketing, the business expansion rates are now returning to our traditional levels.