The new area will provide Renishaw with additional capacity for its assembly operations, including a dedicated area for the production of Renishaw's additive manufacturing machines.

Renishaw began a single-shift of production at the site in May 2012 following a further £7.5 million investment in the first phase refurbishment of 68,500 ft2 of space and the purchase of 17 computer numerically controlled metal cutting machine tools. The first phase area is now operating with three shifts and is used to make metal components for industrial applications.

The refurbished areas feature full air-conditioning, ceiling structures designed to reduce noise, and extraction systems to eliminate airborne contaminants in keeping with Renishaw's other manufacturing sites.

“One of the key aims with all of our manufacturing facilities is to build a pleasant place to work, but also to achieve the wow factor,” said Gareth Hankins, director of Renishaw's group manufacturing services division. “Every year we play host to visitors from across the world, and whether potential customers, potential employees, politicians or the general public, we think it is important to present a positive image of manufacturing.”

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