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Parvalux transfers EMD operations to Bournemouth
Published:  16 March, 2009

The UK motor manufacturer Parvalux has transferred EMD Drive Systems, which it acquired last year, from its site in Halstead, Essex, to Parvalux’s main base in Bournemouth.  Trading from the Halstead site ended on 13 March.

Originally, Parvalux had planned to leave the EMD operation in Halstead but decided to transfer the business after a strategic review prompted by a combination of factors including: the impending expiry of the Halstead site lease in 2010; the onset of unpredictable trading conditions following the crisis in the global banking industry; and the opportunity to combine several key administrative functions and to achieve operating efficiencies.

All of EMD’s systems, processes and production lines are now running at the Bournemouth site, which had sufficient space to accommodate the transferred business.

Parvalux is taking advantage of the engineering, application and product development expertise brought together by the EMD transfer to launch a product design service aimed at the volume OEM market. The service will offer bespoke design of gearmotors up to 1kW, sub-assemblies and replacement designs. It is aimed at OEM customers needing more than 5,000 pieces per year, and will often result in bespoke products that cost no more than standard items, Parvalux says.

To coincide with the move, Parvalux has announced several appointments to enable the business to begin sharing best practice and to identify cost-saving and process synergies:
• Simon Rainger has been appointed operations director, with responsibility for the quality, manufacture and delivery of both the Parvalux and EMD product lines;
Paul Adams is now technical director, leading a new team of designers working on modified and bespoke products;
Keith Gillibrand is the supply chain director, responsible for negotiations for raw materials, factored parts and services; and
Nick Spetch is now sales director, with responsibility for both the EMD and Parvalux lines, as well as for customer service, marketing and e-commerce activities.

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