Veka has introduced a virtual tour for fabricators to view its UK HQ and factory – including the new Lamination building, from anywhere in the world.

The site in Burnley, Lancashire, covers 400,000 square feet and spans two postcodes. It employs 350 people and produces over 30million metres of profile a year. The new virtual tour, which works similar to Google streetview, allows customers to ‘walk through’ the site.

The virtual tour was developed because many customers commented that one of the highlights of meeting Veka was seeing the impressive plant and sheer scale of the operation, says the company.

The online tour, available via a password-protected link on its website, also contains hotspots and information zones providing behind the scenes information about the company.

Marketing Director Dawn Stockell said: “The scale of our factory is often something that surprises people and we have been looking at a way we can connect our customers to the Veka experience without the need for face to face contact or when time and distance is an issue. Although we prefer to welcome our visitors with a brew and biscuits, the quality of the virtual tour provides the next best thing.”

The online experience guides visitors from the mixing plant to the testing lab where raw materials and compound are tested and then moves onto the extrusion floor, which houses 32 lines extruding 100 tonnes of profile every day. The lamination building, one of the newest areas on the site, has only been fully operational in 2021. The tour concludes with an insight into the packaging of the product and a glimpse into the high bay which can perform up to 120 picks per hour.

The virtual tour also provides an insight in to life at Veka from the conference room facilities to the offices; home to everything from compliance to customer service and everything in between.