New Sapphire Curtains machine
Sapphire Curtains & Cargo Control has made a significant investment into a new and bespoke curtain strapping machine.

£700k investment sees Sapphire Curtains set up with ‘game-changing’ technology

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Sapphire Curtains & Cargo Control has made a £700,000 investment into a bespoke curtain strapping machine and alterations to its headquarters to accommodate it.

Measuring 4.2 metres, the automated machine installed at the Stoke-on-Trent-based firm is the largest of its type in the world.

The company says the substantial size is suited for seamlessly securing max-height curtains and extensive modifications – including raising the height of the ceiling and installing new ducting for heat dissipation – have been made to fit it in.

Its production capacity of up to 32 pairs of curtains per day will ensure prompt fulfilment of customer orders.

Sapphire Curtains new strapping machine
The new machine set up in Stoke-on-Trent.

“With this ground-breaking investment, Sapphire Curtains & Cargo Control reaffirms its commitment to innovation and excellence in the commercial vehicle industry,” said Mark Wayman, Manager at Sapphire Curtains & Cargo Control.

“Our new automated curtain strapping machine not only enhances productivity and efficiency but also underscores our dedication to delivering superior products that meet the most stringent standards of quality and performance.”

One of the machine’s unusual features is its seamless reel transition system, facilitated by a series of twin 300-meter webbing reels that allow uninterrupted operation during reel changes. This automation eliminates the need for manual intervention and ensures a smooth, continuous workflow.

Sapphire Curtains & Cargo Control, which supplies products and services such as commercial vehicle side curtains and load restraint systems, is a key subsidiary of Don-Bur Group, also based in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent.

Last year, Sapphire invested £750,000 into a new UV LED printer, which led to throughput shooting up 700 per cent.

Dave Burton, Don Bur Group

Don Bur Group Managing Director Dave Burton, pictured above, said: “We are thrilled to introduce this game-changing technology to the market.

“Our investment in this cutting-edge machine not only positions us at the forefront of innovation but also reinforces our commitment to providing our customers with superior products and services.”

Hayley Johnson

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