Commercial vehicle accessory manufacturer Rhino Products is to build an 87,250sqft factory in Deeside, North Wales.

The company, which makes a range of products including van roof bars, roof racks, ladder handling systems, steps and rear door ladders, was formed 15 years ago.

Rhino Products managing director Steve Egerton said work is due to start on this project within the next few weeks, the new premises are scheduled to open in early 2019.

The new factory is located seven miles from the existing 55,000sqft Rhino Products factory in Deeside Industrial Park which will remain open, taking the group's total floor space to over 175,000sqft.

The new site will support product and service development for Rhino customers in UK, Europe and growing export markets.
This announcement comes almost exactly a year on from the news that Rhino Products had completed the acquisition of AVS Steps, a leading manufacturer of manual and electric side access steps for taxis, minibuses, ambulances and mobility vehicles.

Having incorporated production of all AVS Steps product lines into the Deeside site by building an extension, the company is close to outgrowing this facility, which also ships orders for three group European divisions and wider export markets.

The first of the European divisions, Rhino Products BV, was established in Venlo in the Netherlands in 2010, while Rhino Products Nordic, in Gothenburg, Sweden and Rhino Products Poland, in Krakow, each opened in 2016.

Steve Egerton said: 'The next few years are looking extremely positive for the business. With five companies in the group and staff levels at a record high of 125 people across all divisions, we are moving from strength to strength by providing our customers with sector-leading products and support.

'This will be one of the most exciting chapters in your working career. Rhino will continue to evolve and strive to be the best; and everyone in this room can be a part of the journey.

'Our customers recognise Rhino as industry leaders because of the quality and passion of our team and it is through our shared belief and determination that we will make the opening of our new factory another rousing Rhino success'