Frank Gaunt Senior born.
In the beginning when it all started.
Frank Gaunt Senior born.
Frank Gaunt Senior becomes apprentice joiner and cabinet maker to George Taylor.
George Taylor dies. The business becomes Haigh & Gaunt Joiners.
Haigh & Gaunt partnership dissolved. Frank Gaunt - joiners, undertakers and cabinet makers established in the village of Shelley, 6 miles south of Huddersfield.
During the 1st world war the business manufactured ammunition boxes as well as continuing in the joinery and undertaking trades.
The business moves to larger premises located at 150, Penistone Road, Shelley.
The business expands employing up to 20 joiners with many contracts with local textile mills maintaining buildings and machinery.
Frank Gaunt Jnr joins his father in the business at age 16.
Frank Gaunt Jnr enlists in the army and serves until 1946.
Trevor Metcalfe, aged 14, becomes apprentice joiner to Frank Gaunt.
Business is renamed Frank Gaunt & Son.
A second premises is bought, Brook Street, Huddersfield, which is used solely to manufacture coffins under the trade name Huddersfield Funeral Supplies.
Trevor Metcalfe returns from National Service to become sales representative for Huddersfield Funeral Supplies, moving on to become General Manager.
Huddersfield Funeral Supplies moves to larger premises at Viaduct Street, Huddersfield.
New purpose built factory opens at Crosland Road, Huddersfield. Business incorporates into a Limited company—Funeral Supplies (Huddersfield) Limited—with Trevor Metcalfe becoming a shareholding director. Further investment sees the installation of a multi—daylight veneering press.
A great partnership for the future
Stephen Gaunt (Son of Frank Gaunt Jnr) joins the business.
Frank Gaunt Snr passes away.
Installation of the first synthetic veneer laminating line to press PVC foils.
Introduction of trade name, Decorative Panels, under which laminated board materials are supplied to the furniture and allied industries.
Lamination commences of the first heavy weight post impregnated paper foils by Decorative Panels.
Short cycle through feed press added to existing roller laminating line.
Christopher Gaunt joins the business.
Flat Pack furniture business, Astra Pack, started in Wigan, Lancashire.
Guy Metcalfe joins the business working at Astra Pack.
First Hymmen hot roll laminating line installed in Huddersfield giving huge increase in output and improvement of quality.
The manufacture of component parts begins.
Astra Pack Furniture sold to management. Guy Metcalfe returns to Huddersfield as Sales Manager.
Changes to expand our operations
Changes are made in the Board of Directors:
Trevor Metcalfe - Chairman
Stephen Gaunt - Managing Director
Christopher Gaunt - Financial Director
Guy Metcalfe - Sales Director
Company name is changed to Decorative Panels Limited. Completion of additional factory buildings doubles space availability enabling significant growth.
Trevor Metcalfe retires from the business.
First wide Hymmen hot roll laminating line installed to satisfy Decorative Panels growth.
Two further sites in Huddersfield (Milnsbridge and Longwood) acquired to facilitate expansion.
Coffin Manufacture ceases.
The Company is split into:
Decorative Panels Holdings Ltd
Decorative Panels Lamination Ltd
Decorative Panels Components Ltd
Decorative Panels Lamination opens the site Lowfields I—a state of the art manufacturing facility—and install a second wide Hymmen hot roll laminating line.
Phil Dalton (Son in Law of Stephen Gaunt) joins the business.
Changes to expand our operations
Installation of sheet hollowcore board production line to produce dp-lite.
Decorative Panels Group acquires flat pack furniture business in Teesside and rename it as Decorative Panels Furniture Ltd.
Decorative Panels Lamination installs a Hymmen high Gloss lamination line.
Decorative Panels Furniture open the site Teesside II doubling available production.
State of the art manufacturing
Charlotte Metcalfe (Daughter of Guy Metcalfe) joins the business.
Decorative Panels Components open the site Lowfields II—a state of the art manufacturing facility.
Group Marketing Suite opened on the Lowfields II site.
DPF Ltd install a Vitap Eclipse semi-automatic shaped edgebander, complete with integral glue pot and trimming station.
DPF see capital equipment investment in a new high speed first and second pass edgebanding line, a full extraction system to Factory 1, a shaped panel production cell, further drilling equipment, enhancements to online printing on all packing lines and two state of the art fully automatic precision measurement tables.
DPC invest in fully automatic drilling and dowel insertion line.
Frank Gaunt Jnr passes away.
The Prime Minister, David Cameron calls to see The Decorative Panels Group.
DPC install another automated Biesse Stream Edgebanding Line increasing capacity to over 600,000 panels per week.
DPC install the very latest Biesse Techno Kernel boring machine linked to RBO feeding and stacking – a completely automated high speed solution.
The Group host a charity fun day for customers and staff.
DPC add three new machines to the factory – a Homag tenoning machine (DET) a further Skipper point to point drilling machine and a Holzma cross cut saw.
dp-limitless is launched. A bespoke flat sheet laminating line is added to the dp-specialist products production hall. Any surface, any substrate and any volume – the only limit is your imagination.
DPF install a state-of-the-art new Weeke 800 drilling line with an automatically fed and stacked line comprising of two high power in-line drills for maximum throughput efficiency. In addition, a splitting unit is included to enable double output on smaller panels.
DPF install a new Biesse Rover A Edge machine allowing the flat pack furniture division to further focus on the development and production of shaped panels.
DPL become part of the RIBA Insight and NBS+ providing technical information and testing results to a wider market.
DPC install the ultimate fully automated edgebanding line - dp-seamless - measuring 59 metres. Panels are automatically fed, sized, edgebanded all round through linked first and second pass machines, grooved if required, cleaned and then automatically stacked at speeds of up to 32 parts per minute. A further single sided dp-seamless line is installed to facilitate small panel manufacture.
The future is maintaining a strong brand with a knowledgeable team supporting it.
Our experience, in-depth market knowledge, and continual investment in infrastructure, people and machinery has produced a solid financial and ethical foundation from which to grow. As a family business our long-standing commitment to customer service has enabled us to develop into a company who always puts customers first.
designs held in stock
pallets of finished components delivered every week
of manufacturing and distribution facility
Europe’s leading supplier of
decorative faced sheet materials,
panel components and flat pack furniture.
Leading the way in the production
of laminated products supplying
the widest possible marketplaces
in the UK and internationally.
One of the largest trade converters
of wood based panels in the world,
supplying cut, edged, drilled
and shaped components.
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