A heating manufacturer has announced an “exciting new chapter” with more products set be made at its Bolton site after its latest expansion.

This comes after Heatrod Elements, based on Smethurst Lane in Farnworth, completed is acquisition of the Rotherham-based Backer Electric Company.

Heatrod is in turn part of the Sweden based NIBE Element, the world's largest heating element manufacturer, which it represents in the UK.

Managing director Simon Ellam said: “The NIBE Element group shares it’s roots with Backer Electric and many of our manufacturing sites across the world carry the Backer name.

“Christian Backer, originally founded both Backer Electric in the UK as well as our group’s own beginnings in Sweden.

The Bolton News: Heatrod Element's Bolton siteHeatrod Element's Bolton site (Image: Hetrod Elements)

“To bring such a wealth of history and knowledge back together is a proud moment for all of the team at Heatrod and the wider NIBE Element Group.”

The Backer Electric Company was founded in 1938 and produces a range of electrical appliances from household items to more specialist equipment.

This includes household brand names, spares to distributors and specialist elements for use in industrial, catering and commercial applications.

The new acquisition will mean that Backer Electric becomes a trading name of Heatrod Elements, operating from a new site in Rotherham.

But the making of Backer Electric’s products will move to Heatrod’s manufacturing site in Farnworth, which managers have described as an “exciting new chapter.”

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The company says it will continue to supply both domestic and industrial heating products to consumer and business trade across the country and through its online shop.

Backer Electric general manager Paul Daffin said: “The acquisition of the Assets of Backer Electric by Heatrod Elements Ltd represents a return to it’s original Swedish roots as part of The NIBE Element Group and heralds the start of a new and exciting chapter for Backer Electric.

“The acquisition allows the ‘Backer Electric’ name and history to be globally preserved.

“Combined with the additional knowledge and support resources available within the whole NIBE Element Group, this can only be beneficial to our customers, whom we look forward to servicing from our new premises in Rotherham.”