UK logistics firm and one of the country's largest garment processors, Advanced Supply Chain (ASC), has invested GBP300,000 (US$470,969) in new finishing facilities at its Halifax site to increase capacity and meet growing demand.

The company offers garment processing services such as labelling, hanging and pressing to the likes of Next, Asos, George at Asda, Matalan and Debenhams.

Additional enhanced pressing equipment will allow the business to increase its throughput by more than 30%, according to CEO Mike Danby.

The company last year processed 40m garments and expects this to rise to 60m items with the new facilities. 

"The investment at our Halifax site is in response to a number of new business wins and a very healthy pipeline of orders," Danby said. "Increasing our potential capacity by a third will allow us to sustain high levels of customer service and satisfaction while maintaining business growth."

He added: "As the price of freight containers continues to rise, it is now far cheaper to hang garments in the UK than to ship them hanging, and it produces a better presentation.

"This situation is driving the increased demand."

ASC saw revenue grow by 60% last year and expects turnover to top the GBP100m mark by 2017 and employ 1,500 people. The Halifax site has up to 450 people at any one time.