Global precision engineering company Renishaw has completed the second phase refurbishment of production space at its Miskin site located near Cardiff.
The new 66,000 sq ft refurbished area will provide the company with additional capacity for its assembly operations, which includes a new surface mount electronics line and a dedicated area for the production of Renishaw's additive manufacturing machines.
The purchase of the 193-acre site from Robert Bosch Limited in September 2011 at a cost of £7.7 million was followed by the first phase refurbishment of 68,500 sq ft of space and the purchase of 17 of the latest computer numerically controlled (CNC) metal cutting machine tools, which involved an investment of a further £7.5 million.
The first phase area is now operating with three shifts and is used to make metal components for a range of Renishaw's world-leading precision measurement systems used in industrial applications.
Renishaw’s investments in the refurbishments have helped create a modern advanced manufacturing facility featuring full air-conditioning, noise-reducing ceiling structures, and state-of-the art extraction systems to eliminate airborne contaminants in keeping with Renishaw's world-class manufacturing sites.
Gareth Hankins, Director of Renishaw's Group Manufacturing Services Division points out that all their manufacturing facilities are built to create a pleasant place to work while also achieving the wow factor; put together, these elements present a positive image of manufacturing not only to visitors and potential customers but also to future employees.
The Miskin site was formally opened on 10th October 2012 by The Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister of Wales, who described the opening as a significant event for the whole of South Wales.
As part of its development in South Wales and to inspire a new generation of engineers Renishaw also held two ‘Education Days' at its Miskin site in Autumn 2012, when 700 pupils and students from schools, colleges and universities across South Wales were given the opportunity to see modern manufacturing processes, high technology products, and discuss engineering careers with young apprentices and graduate staff from the company.
Renishaw sees the Miskin site as providing additional capacity to enable the company to meet its longer term manufacturing needs and the opportunity to source skilled employees from a wide geographic area due to the site's prime location close to the M4 motorway and Cardiff.
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