Minebea Intec expands its UK equipment manufacturing operations

German weighing and inspection equipment firm Minebea Intec is expanding its UK operations through establishing manufacturing from its UK and Ireland headquarters at Birmingham Business Park, reports Neill Barston.

The company confirmed to Confectionery Production that its British site in Solihull will start production from January 2021, with additional work to enhance the facility under way from this month.

As the business explained, its UK operations will also supply the wider food, pharma and chemical industries, with initial plans focusing on delivering equipment for the British & Irish markets, followed by export to Germany, France and then later in the year to Italy and Spain.

The company plans to export the equipment to other global markets where they have an international presence once the European markets are established.

Colin Maher, country manager for the UK, Ireland & Russia welcomed the move. He said: “Many months of planning have gone into this and it was only due to our successful track record that the board of Directors agreed without hesitancy. We have shown through organic growth what we can do in the UK & Ireland and this now gives us a real opportunity to take our growth to the next level. It also brings a new level of competitiveness and security for our customer in the face of Brexit and while other companies are downsizing their operations”.

Cllr Ian Courts, Leader of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and Cabinet Portfolio Holder for the Economy said, “Minebea Intec’s expansion to the borough confirms that the area is a prime location for international and innovative businesses.

“Solihull provides businesses with a prestigious working environment and an excellent location, at the heart of the country, to reach customers and clients. Covid-19 hasn’t changed everything; for businesses looking to expand, the basics are still important. Access to new talent, local business ecosystems, R&D capabilities, transportation linkages, and access to a global market will remain central parts of every expansion decision. The borough has a proven track record in developing businesses and helping them to grow and expand.”

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