1881-1945

In the beginning when it all started.

1881

Frank Gaunt Senior born.

Frank Gaunt Senior

1897

Frank Gaunt Senior becomes apprentice joiner and cabinet maker to George Taylor.

1907

George Taylor dies. The business becomes Haigh & Gaunt Joiners.

Frank Gaunt Senior

1909

Haigh & Gaunt partnership dissolved. Frank Gaunt - joiners, undertakers and cabinet makers established in the village of Shelley, 6 miles south of Huddersfield.

1914-1918

During the 1st world war the business manufactured ammunition boxes as well as continuing in the joinery and undertaking trades.

1919

The business moves to larger premises located at 150, Penistone Road, Shelley.

Frank Gaunt Senior

1932

The business expands employing up to 20 joiners with many contracts with local textile mills maintaining buildings and machinery.

1937

Frank Gaunt Jnr joins his father in the business at age 16.

Frank Gaunt Junior

1939

Frank Gaunt Jnr enlists in the army and serves until 1946.

1945

Trevor Metcalfe, aged 14, becomes apprentice joiner to Frank Gaunt.

Frank Gaunt Junior

1946

Business is renamed Frank Gaunt & Son.

Frank Gaunt Junior

1952

A second premises is bought, Brook Street, Huddersfield, which is used solely to manufacture coffins under the trade name Huddersfield Funeral Supplies.

1954

Trevor Metcalfe returns from National Service to become sales representative for Huddersfield Funeral Supplies, moving on to become General Manager.

1956

Huddersfield Funeral Supplies moves to larger premises at Viaduct Street, Huddersfield.

Frank Gaunt Junior
Frank Gaunt Junior

1964

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.

1967-1989

A great partnership for the future

1967

Stephen Gaunt (Son of Frank Gaunt Jnr) joins the business.

Frank Gaunt Junior

1968

Frank Gaunt Snr passes away.

1971

Installation of the first synthetic veneer laminating line to press PVC foils.

Frank Gaunt Junior
Frank Gaunt Junior

1972

Introduction of trade name, Decorative Panels, under which laminated board materials are supplied to the furniture and allied industries.

1973

Lamination commences of the first heavy weight post impregnated paper foils by Decorative Panels.

Frank Gaunt Junior

1975

Short cycle through feed press added to existing roller laminating line.

1979

Christopher Gaunt joins the business.

Frank Gaunt Junior

1980

Flat Pack furniture business, Astra Pack, started in Wigan, Lancashire.

1982

Guy Metcalfe joins the business working at Astra Pack.

Frank Gaunt Junior

1985

First Hymmen hot roll laminating line installed in Huddersfield giving huge increase in output and improvement of quality.

Frank Gaunt Junior

1985

The manufacture of component parts begins.

1987

Astra Pack Furniture sold to management. Guy Metcalfe returns to Huddersfield as Sales Manager.

1989-2006

Changes to expand our operations

1989

Changes are made in the Board of Directors:


Trevor Metcalfe - Chairman
Stephen Gaunt - Managing Director
Christopher Gaunt - Financial Director
Guy Metcalfe - Sales Director

Frank Gaunt Junior

1990

Company name is changed to Decorative Panels Limited. Completion of additional factory buildings doubles space availability enabling significant growth.

1991

Trevor Metcalfe retires from the business.

1992

First wide Hymmen hot roll laminating line installed to satisfy Decorative Panels growth.

Frank Gaunt Junior
Frank Gaunt Junior

1993

Two further sites in Huddersfield (Milnsbridge and Longwood) acquired to facilitate expansion.

1999

Coffin Manufacture ceases.

2001

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.

Frank Gaunt Junior

2002

Phil Dalton (Son in Law of Stephen Gaunt) joins the business.

Frank Gaunt Junior

2007-2011

Changes to expand our operations

2007

Installation of sheet hollowcore board production line to produce dp-lite.

Frank Gaunt Junior
Frank Gaunt Junior

2009

Decorative Panels Group acquires flat pack furniture business in Teesside and rename it as Decorative Panels Furniture Ltd.

2009

Decorative Panels Lamination installs a Hymmen high Gloss lamination line.

Frank Gaunt Junior

2010

Decorative Panels Furniture open the site Teesside II doubling available production.

2011-2018

State of the art manufacturing

2011

Charlotte Metcalfe (Daughter of Guy Metcalfe) joins the business.

Frank Gaunt Junior
Frank Gaunt Junior

2012

Decorative Panels Components open the site Lowfields II—a state of the art manufacturing facility.

2013

Group Marketing Suite opened on the Lowfields II site.

Frank Gaunt Junior

2013

DPF Ltd install a Vitap Eclipse semi-automatic shaped edgebander, complete with integral glue pot and trimming station.

2014

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.

Frank Gaunt Junior

2014

DPC invest in fully automatic drilling and dowel insertion line.

2014

Frank Gaunt Jnr passes away.

Frank Gaunt Junior
Frank Gaunt Junior

2014

The Prime Minister, David Cameron calls to see The Decorative Panels Group.

2014

DPC install another automated Biesse Stream Edgebanding Line increasing capacity to over 600,000 panels per week.

2015

DPC install the very latest Biesse Techno Kernel boring machine linked to RBO feeding and stacking – a completely automated high speed solution.

Frank Gaunt Junior

2015

The Group host a charity fun day for customers and staff.

2016

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.

Frank Gaunt Junior
Frank Gaunt Junior

2017

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.

Frank Gaunt Junior

2017

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.

2017

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.

Frank Gaunt Junior
Frank Gaunt Junior

2018

DPL become part of the RIBA Insight and NBS+ providing technical information and testing results to a wider market.

2018

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.

Frank Gaunt Junior
In the beginning A great partnership Changes to expand State of the art
1881 1919 1946 1967 1979 1989 2007 2011 2018

About Us


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.

Over
1
designs held in stock

Over
1
pallets of finished components delivered every week

Capacity of over
1
boxes of flat pack furniture per year

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Europe’s leading supplier of
decorative faced sheet materials,
panel components and flat pack furniture.

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Leading the way in the production
of laminated products supplying
the widest possible marketplaces
in the UK and internationally.

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One of the largest trade converters
of wood based panels in the world,
supplying cut, edged, drilled
and shaped components.

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The largest specialist
flat pack producer in the UK,
reaping the benefits of vertical
integration.

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