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Future of Liverpool gas fire manufacturer is secured

The future of Liverpool gas fire manufacturer Robinson Willey has been secured after global heating firm Glen Dimplex bought it out of administration.

It was feared that the Robinson Willey factory at Trinity Park in Merseyside would have to close after the company called in administrators earlier this month.

However, GDC Group, the UK heating arm of Glen Dimplex, has bought the company and plans to continue to operate it as a standalone business from its manufacturing site in Liverpool.

GDC Group has bought the fixed assets, inventory and intellectual property including the brand name of Robinson Willey. The company makes gas and electric fires, fire surrounds and heating products for the social housing, new build and commercial markets. Robinson Willey will aim to expand its presence in both existing and new energy markets.

Robinson Willey managing director Colin Pemberton said that the deal meant the Merseyside-based company would get a major boost from coming under the GDC Group and Glen Dimplex umbrella.

He said: “After decades of successful manufacture and brand development, we are delighted that Robinson Willey will now form part of the world’s largest electrical heating business. The acquisition of RW’s assets by The GDC Group Ltd will enable the company to take advantage of valuable resources and significant investment in product innovation in order to continue building the RW brand.”

Robinson Willey, which has been making gas fires since 1962, called in administrators at Begbies Traynor last month to find a buyer for the business and its assets.

The multinational Glen Dimplex Group is privately owned with 8,500 employees.

 

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