Hambleside Danelaw mainly earns its crust by designing and manufacturing products for the building industry from glass reinforced polyester (GRP) and injection moulded or vacuum formed plastics. But in the true traditions of many British manufacturers, it has always been innovative and flexible in responding to challenging demands elsewhere.
Hambleside Danelaws sister company, Hambleside Merchandise picked up an unusual online procurement request from Twinings last July for making bespoke tea storage jars or caddies for Costa coffee shops. Hambleside Merchandise approached Hambleside Danelaw with the brief from Twinings following several unsuccessful trials with 15 prototypes hand fabricated from cast acrylic. Using acrylic for the tea caddies was the original idea from Twinings but it was too heavy, costly and fragile for the practicalities of working in the Costa environment. A lightweight more robust material was needed and Danelaw established with the customer that injection moulded polycarbonate was a better alternative to hand fabricated acrylic for this application. Not only was it lightweight but a third of the cost, clear, robust and shatterproof. With proven in-house capability for design, detailed technical drawings and for seeking approval of technical data for safety certification, Hambleside Danelaw was able to undertake manufacturing at its own British facilities.