Highwood Ltd is a privately owned company with its head office, profile extrusion manufacturing plant and GPPS processing facility located in Davy Road on the Astmoor Industrial Estate in Runcorn Cheshire. The company moved into this larger site during late 2016 where it now has the benefit of being ideally situated for easy access onto the central motorway network throughout the country via the M56, M6 and M62 Motorways.
The company was originally founded during the 1980s by Ross Cooper, who was the founder and originator for the manufacture of Synthetic Timber profile which is produced using extruded Polystyrene in the form of Structural Styrene Foam. Ross had been the major shareholder until July 2004 when he sold his majority shareholding to the Hargreaves family who are still the major shareholders and who are more better known generally for the successful and well known Matalan chain of retailing outlets which operate widely across the UK. Ross had continued to hold a minor shareholding in Highwood up until June 2016 when he finally sold the last of his shares back into the company.
Significant investment has been made over recent years into the business with the introduction of a reprocessing facility for EPS & GPPS materials along with additional research and development into refining the process.
Currently the company has an annual production capacity of around 2,000 metric tonnes of profile. This capacity can be readily increased further on a more global scale with additional lines located either here in the UK or through a licence/facilities management arrangement in other areas around the world.
Highwood has been very fortunate over the years and is widely recognized as being the market leader in manufacturing its style of profiles and has successfully established a partnered licensed operation in the USA as well as creating a customer base across the UK, Europe and the Far East.