Marine blind specialist Oceanair has expanded its design and production facilities at its West Sussex facility. The UK manufacturer has recently taken delivery of a new state of the art cutting table. Measuring just over 5m by 4m in size, the new table offers higher levels of productivity and Oceanair now has the capacity to make its largest roller blinds to date.

Oceanair also says that due to a large increase in orders for its SKYVENETIAN Leather blinds, it has expanded the leather Venetian manufacturing area of the factory. A new leather work table, new powered testing rig and three new members of staff now provide quicker lead times.

Oceanair’s design team has also acquired a new piece of equipment to aid product development. The Makerbot 2X is a new 3D printer allowing the team to develop and test concepts and samples very quickly in-house. Previously having to outsource the making of sample components had cost implications, which meant that some ideas were not always tried and developed. However, now a sample can be created and printed in about 30-60 minutes depending on the size, and components can be tested and further developed if required. Additionally the printer cuts down on valuable design and development time as a sample no longer has to be sent away to be made.