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Work starts on £1.5m engineering lab for Welsh drives-maker

22 August, 2014

The drives-maker Control Techniques has started work on a new £1.5m engineering laboratory at its headquarters in Newtown, Wales. The company will use the 900m2 building to develop new products and technologies.

The building will also include extra office and meeting space, as well as a customer showroom and product-testing labs. It is expected to be completed by the autumn of 2015 and will create up to 40 skilled engineering and technical jobs.

The expansion is being supported by the Welsh Government, which will build and lease the facility to encourage the creation of skilled jobs. The specialist fit-out – which includes installing an isolated test floor, acoustic partitioning and glazing systems – will be funded by Control Techniques and project-managed by the Welsh Government.

The Welsh economy visitor Edwina Hart visited the site recently for a ceremony to initiate the project. “I am delighted the Welsh Government is supporting the expansion of Control Techniques, an anchor company that makes a significant contribution to the regional economy and a major employer in mid-Wales,” she said. “The investment, which will create a number of highly skilled jobs locally, is a sign of confidence in Wales and the capability of the Newtown facility which plays a key role in the design and development of new products for the global market.”

Welsh economy minister Edwina Hart at the inauguration of the Control Techniques laboratory project with the company’s president Enrique Viseras, and Pierre Sarre, European president of CT’s parent company, Emerson Electric

Speaking at the ceremony, Control Techniques’ president, Enrique Viseras, said that the new facility “will enable us to grow as a business, both physically and in terms of the technological advancements we can offer to our customers. It is also an important signal to the market that we are investing heavily in our technical capabilities, as we continue to research emerging technologies which will deliver the longer-term growth we are working towards.”




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