22 Jul 2024


European Centre of Expertise includes drives workshop

Eriks’ European Centre of Expertise for power transmission has opened its doors in the UK

Eriks has opened a European Centre of Expertise for power transmission in the UK, which will include a repair and test workshop for drives. It is one of a series of technology centres the group is setting up and will provide customers with technical and engineering support.

The 30,000ft2 (2,790m2) site in Kingswinford, West Midlands, will bring together application engineers from several product areas, including bearings and lubrication, electrical, sealing and polymer, and tools, safety and maintenance. It will also house a design team, several Eriks product management and technical teams, an engineering repair workshop, as well as project/product assembly and customisation cells.

“We are also proud to have been selected as the European Centre of Expertise for power transmission,” says Mike Ferris, chief operating officer for products and solutions at Eriks UK & Ireland. “Relocating 120 or more staff will also give us the opportunity to consolidate a number of functions from different offices to improve the coordination and flexibility of our technical and engineering support functions.”

“The UK has always been a very important market for our business and the new facility represents a significant and strategic investment, not only for the UK and Ireland, but for the group companies operating across Europe,” adds Eriks group CEO, Simon Franken.

“We recognise that it is increasingly challenging for businesses to maintain productivity of plant and the reliability of equipment day-to-day,” says Franken. “Machinery advances and equipment obsolescence are issues of increasing importance, but these are not topics that are isolated to UK shores. This new Centre of Expertise for power transmission is a state-of-the-art facility that demonstrates our commitment to continued investment in the field and supporting our customers as they strive for improved performance and increased cost savings.”