Textile testing specialist SDL Atlas has opened a new, larger multi-purpose facility in Stockport two years after fire gutted its original site.

The rebuilt, 13,000-square-foot location includes sales offices, a laboratory with the latest instrumentation, a dedicated calibration area and large inventory centre.

Inventory from this facility is despatched to China through SDL Atlas Hong Kong and SDL Atlas Shenzhen and to customers in North and South America via SDL Atlas LLC in Charlotte, NC.

"Every cloud has a silver lining," said Steve Combes, SDL Atlas managing director, UK.

"A major advantage of the new site is that we were able to design it to support our business now and include additional space to handle our needs and our customers' needs for many years to come.

One of the company's R&D teams will be based at the new facility as will fibre, yarn, fabrics and colour application specialists.

Also on-site is a permanent lab with controlled conditions set up to international standards. The lab will also host demonstrations and customer trials.