Animal health firm buys second factory

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AN ANIMAL heath company expects to increase its workforce by another 75 per cent after taking on a second factory.

Stanton-based Animax Ltd has already undergone mass expansion. Despite the global recession, it has increased its workforce from 37 to 83, over the past two years.

Now it has bought a 16,500sqft factory next to its existing 20,000sqft site.

Veterinarian Les Porter, who founded the company in 1982, said: “We would expect to increase our workforce with up to 60 additional jobs over the next two to two-and-half years.”

The company specialises as the only manufacturer of leaching slow-release trace element boluses (large pills) for livestock.

The second factory will allow it to significantly increase its production and keep pace with the increased demand for its products from farmers.

Mr Porter said the move will allow Animax to ‘remain at the forefront of our sector’.

“The number of vessels used in production of our boluses has increased eightfold in the last five years. At the present rate of increase we are anticipating a minimum of doubling in the immediate future.

“The additional factory means that our growth can be optimised,” said Mr Porter.

He said trace elements are becoming a major market in animal health, as farmers see the benefits behind Animax’s technology.

“Farmers are realising that leaching bolus technology is an effective and safe means of getting correct doses of essential elements into cattle and sheep,” said Mr Porter.

The slow release boluses are the result of years or research, while Animax remains heavily involved in research and development of new products and concepts within the animal health market.

“It gives me great satisfaction to grow the business in a vibrant market,” Mr Porter said.

The company also makes sheep dips and disinfectants. For more visit www.animax-vet.com