A Black Country manufacturer is opening a new factory following a recent period of growth and to support a contract it has won in the United Arab Emirates.
Ramfoam is investing £3 million in the 80,000 sq ft facility in Tividale where the company was founded in 1995.
The new facility is due to be open by the end of this year and will create 50 new jobs.
Ramfoam specialises in making polyethylene-grade foam products for use in packaging, medical devices, aerospace and military applications and earlier this year started supplying reusable protective headbands to NHS staff to help combat the spread of covid-19 after.
The headbands are connected to an anti-fog visor and the company ramped up production to three million units a day but since then has taken it to the commercial market which has required further increases in production.
Separately, Ramfoam has won a new contract in the UAE which has required the opening of new offices and a warehouse in Dubai.
The company currently operates two sites in Tividale, its main head office and a dedicated PPE facility.
International director Tim Mulqueen said: “We are excited to move to our new site by Christmas and currently have a team of local developers extensively refitting the building to suit our needs.
“We’re proud of our roots in Sandwell – it was important to us that we stayed in the area as we are committed to investing in the region and supporting Midlands manufacturing.
“We will be investing in specialised product innovation and development, operational and technical staff to join the team and help us continue our business growth in the West Midlands.
“We are taking on 50 people for when the new factory goes into full production and we are finding some amazing talent right on our doorstep.
“We will also be adding cutting-edge design and manufacturing technologies into the business too.”