Having secured GBP1million of investment from the Convergence Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, and the South West RDA, Watson-Marlow Bredel has announced a GBP7.3million expansion plan to increase tube production.
Pumps specialist Watson-Marlow Bredel is building a silicone tubing plant to support its core pump business as well as a growing global market for food and beverage, and biopharm tubing.
The plant expansion will more than treble tube production, cementing the company's position as a leading producer of silicone tubing, most of which is destined for the bio-pharmaceutical market across Europe and North America.
The project is being supported by GBP769,000 of ERDF Convergence investment and GBP256,000 from the South West RDA, with the balance coming from the company's own funds.
The high-tech plant will include a manufacturing ISO 14644-1 class 7 'cleanroom', with 25 air changes an hour and temperature and humidity controls to create the optimum conditions for silicone tubing extrusion.
The new plant will also have two floors of offices and 550m of pallet racking.
To be housed in a separate building, the new tubing plant will secure tubing supply and provide 2,400m² of workspace.
Incorporating several environmentally-responsible features, the new plant will have high levels of insulation, rainwater recovery and air locks to all external doors to minimise heat loss and keep the atmosphere clean.
The new plant building is expected to achieve an 'Excellent' rating under the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM).