New force in aluminium


Roger Hartshorn

Roger Hartshorn's latest venture, Garner Aluminium, has taken delivery of an aluminium extrusion press. Part of a total investment of £9m the press was delivered to Firs works in Heage which a Garner spokesman described as “Its temporary home.” Firs works was the former site of LB Plastics. Manufactured in Germany, the giant press will now be assemble on site by the manufacturer's engineers.


Garner Aluminium will trade as Garnalex and sees Hartshorn switch from a long career in PVC-U extrusion supplying aluminium profiles. One of Garnalex' first customers is said to be Hartshorn's old company Liniar.


Hartshorn says: “Garnalex is a really exciting new business and this initial investment is just the start of the journey. The aluminium extrusion service will initially supply local companies and then eventually branch out into our own range of products. In 2018 the UK consumed 190,000 tons of aluminium extrusions, but only 110,000 tons of this was produced in the UK. The huge benefit we will have is speed of response to supply customers from a UK source from the highest quality with latest technology SMS low energy plant, into an industry and a customer base that we have supplied for over 30 years.


In line with my continued philosophy, we have exciting plans for further investment in premises, equipment and plant to further develop the new business.


I’m excited with the prospects of Garnalex. The Amber Valley region in particular is already a successful location for innovation and development in manufacturing and we’ve been lucky enough to attract some of the best people in the area to join the team.”