Harrison Spinks, an established and innovative British bed maker, has bolstered its sustainable, eco-friendly credentials by designing and manufacturing new machinery, which will help triple its hemp processing abilities following a 32% increase in orders over the last year.
The new machinery will allow Harrison Spinks to streamline its hemp processing, increasing its output from three tonnes to nine tonnes per week. This means the company, which prides itself on being the world’s most vertically integrated and sustainable bed manufacturers, can produce more volume on-site in Yorkshire.
Hemp is just one of the natural mattress fillings grown on Harrison Spinks’ 300-acre farm in Yorkshire. A new bale opener has been installed to help complete a formerly manual process, as well as a new dust plant, ensuring employees continue to operate in a safe working environment. After it has been left to ret in the fields, the hemp bales will be torn and cleaned by a new, high-tech machine. The expert bed maker has also invested in a new step cleaner to shake the hemp and ensure any foreign materials are effectively removed.
“As the most vertically integrated and sustainable bed manufacturers in the world, we’re passionate about operating in a way that is as eco-friendly as possible,” says Richard Essery, managing director of Harrison Spinks’ Components Division. “Our dedication to sustainability, as well as our spring technology, has been commended by HM Queen Elizabeth II, with two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in Innovation and Sustainable Development.
“Our decision to replace traditional fillings in our mattresses with natural fibres demonstrates how we are setting a benchmark for the production of mattresses in the UK. We’re constantly innovating and developing new ideas that will help us speed up and improve our in-house processes to ultimately change the way people sleep.
“Following a really successful year, which has seen orders increase by 32%, more efficient hemp processing will help us meet demand whilst enhancing our sustainable credentials.”