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Motor-maker invests £1m to expand production

03 July, 2013

The Bournemouth-based geared-motor manufacturer Parvalux has invested £1m in a new production facility and added a further 20,000ft2 (1,858m2) to its existing 45,000ft2 (4,180m2) manufacturing site. The expansion houses a CNC facility including precision gear-cutting machines. 

Managing director, Nick Spetch, explains that the expansion was needed because the company had outgrown its previous facilities. “Having grown three-fold over the past few years, we are confident that our investment will support the continued growth that we expect in coming years,” he says. “It is important that we provide a world-class design capability along with an extremely competitive UK manufacturing base.”

As part of the changes, Parvalux has introduced cellular manufacturing across many of its product lines, based on lean principles. Using advanced workflow modelling, lead-times have been cut so that even customised products can now be produced in less than four weeks.

“We have developed a multi-disciplinary approach to modelling new designs using state-of-the-art software,” explains Parvalux’s technical director, Dr Martin Mathias. “The result is that we can rapid prototype completely new products in a matter of weeks.”

Bournemouth West MP Conor Burns (right) at the opening of Parvalux's new extension

The new facility was opened recently by Conor Burns, MP for Bournemouth West. “We all talk about diversifying the UK economy away from finance and it’s right under our noses,” he said at the ceremony. “Parvalux is an incredible manufacturing company.”

With a flexible workforce of up to 240 skilled people, Parvalux is has the capacity to produce 500,000 geared motors a year. More than 60% of its output is exported.

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