HRH, The Duke of York, visits British bedding manufacturer Hypnos to open a new contract factory

Posted on April 27, 2016  |  Permalink


HRH, The Duke of York, at Hypnos factory opening
Neil Keats, installation manager at Hypnos, with HRH and Stephen Ward, group managing director of Hypnos

NORFOLK, Va., April 27, 2016—Luxury bed manufacturer Hypnos has opened a new contract factory in Castle Donington, UK.  The century-old British bedding manufacturer welcomed HRH, The Duke of York, to officially open the facility on April 13. Paramount Sleep is the only licensee for Hypnos in the U.S. and is the first to manufacture the company’s products according to British standards.

Hypnos’ state-of-the-art premises on Station Road houses the contract arm of the business which produces beds and mattresses for the hospitality market, including some of the world’s leading hotel chains, such as Marriott, Corinthia, InterContinental Hotels Group, and Premier Inn. It also caters to the independent boutique hotel market, making a range of products which meet the diverse and bespoke needs of this sector.

Hypnos has held a Royal Warrant since 1929. The founders – the Keen Family – were honored to show Prince Andrew around the newly acquired site. A prestigious gathering of local dignitaries, staff and key Hypnos family business members greeted HRH. He was taken on an informative and educational tour of the factory, gaining an understanding of bed making and the importance of sleep, before he unveiled a commemorative plaque and officially opened the site.

With environmentally friendly technology, showrooms, design studios and training facilities, the premises has received an investment of over £750,000 to help Hypnos meet growing demand for its beds in Europe and around the world, as well as fast growing UK market segments, such as the serviced apartment sector.

Hypnos moved to the new 39,000 sq. ft. premises at Castle Donington following substantial business growth, and currently 162 people are based there. Acting as the new facility for Hypnos’ global operations, overseeing and directing activity for a network of 19 overseas manufacturing partners, the site is key in enabling the business to meet international demand and supply hospitality sleep solutions to customers around the world.

Group Managing Director Stephen Ward said, “We are extremely honored to have HRH officially open our new factory. We are very proud that we have been able to take Prince Andrew around our new premises and show him how our beds are made. He met some of our staff and saw the intricate lengths we go to, to create high quality beds and mattresses. It was a very exciting day and a landmark in our business growth.”

Amid growth and expansion, Hypnos has been careful not to lose its focus on CSR and sustainability. The Castle Donington factory runs on a biomass heating system which was installed as part of the company’s ethos and commitment to protecting the environment. This renewable heating source runs on wood pellets meaning no fossil fuels are involved. Hypnos aims to save 74 tons of carbon a year through this system.

Paramount Sleep’s nine Hypnos models are: Coral Extra Firm, Coral Plush, Juliet Luxury Firm, Juliet Luxury Plush, Alexandra Firm, Alexandra Plush, Crystal Pillow Top, Diamond Firm, and Diamond Plush. For more information visit http://paramountsleep.com/brands/hypnos .