25 Jul 2024

AUTOMATION FOR MANUFACTURING

Extra level almost doubles igus’ UK floorspace

The engineering plastics specialist igus has increased the size of its UK site from 672m2 to 1,000m2 with the creation of a new upper floor that will accommodate its growing sales and technical support team, while freeing up ground-floor space to meet demand for assembled products.

It has invested a six-figure sum in the expansion in Northampton, which will not only create more space for current engineering, but will also allow igus to expand its workforce in the future. The company, which currently employs 110 people, specialises in producing sophisticated plastic components, including bearings and chains.

“We have continuously developed the range of products and services we offer and this has led to successive years of double-digit growth in our turnover,” says managing director, Matthew Aldridge. “As UK industries embrace ever more efficient manufacturing methods, we have seen particularly strong demand for ready-assembled packages that can be deployed on site quickly and cost-effectively.

“As a result,” he continues, “we reached the limit of our available space and rather than moving to new premises we opted to expand, which gives everybody more space in which to work. If business levels continue to grow at their current rate, we will need to recruit more employees, which this new open workspace enables us to do.”