A clayware firm formed more than a century ago is set to create more than 30 jobs by introducing 21st century “green” technology.

Naylor Industries, which draws many of its 220 employees from the Kirklees area, has secured six-figure funding towards a £2.5m project to increase capacity and reduce energy consumption in its Cawthorne factory.

The company, formed in 1890 has five factories in South and West Yorkshire, Fife and the West Midlands and mainly makes products for the construction industry.

The company said the project will boost sales, create jobs and reduce the company’s carbon footprint.

It said the £650,000 grant funding from the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership will enable the firm to progress ambitious plans to grow internationally and create a more sustainable business for the future.

Finance director Andrew Trippitt said “Over recent years, we have made great progress in developing export sales of our specialist pipe systems for the chemical drainage and trenchless technology sectors. At the same time, capacity constraints and rising energy costs have posed a threat to future growth.

“This project will allow us to expand our international sales whilst allowing careful control of energy consumption.

Edward Naylor (left), chief executive of Naylor Industries, with chief operating officer Bridie Warner-Adsetts and financial director Andrew Trippitt
Edward Naylor (left), chief executive of Naylor Industries, with chief operating officer Bridie Warner-Adsetts and financial director Andrew Trippitt
 

“The project plan is all about enabling us to develop and grow our export business in a sustainable manner whilst creating employment opportunities.”

Naylor’s products include clay and plastic pipes as well as decorative garden pots. The company has sold onto every continent and into 49 different countries. The firm is seeking to expand its export markets and has identified opportunities particularly in markets that are fast-growing markets such as Indonesia and the Philippines.

The history of the Naylor Group dates back to 1890, when the great-grandfather of current chief executive Edward Naylor, a civil engineer, built a railway viaduct in Denby Dale, West Yorkshire.

The discovery of a rich seam of clay led to the foundation of a clay brick and pipe factory, which has evolved into a modern-day business with a group turnover approaching £50m.

The £2.5m investment project aims to “dramatically reduce” the company’s carbon footprint. Smart utility metering will allow the production team to optimise and control energy consumption; an in-house plastics reprocessing plant will mean the firm can reuse its own waste on site and energy-efficient lighting will be installed.

At the same time, commissioning of a new energy-efficient kiln and dryer will allow the company to increase capacity and create more than 30 jobs.