Specialist engineering firm, FPE Global has opened the doors to its new advanced test facility and manufacturing operation, with the aim of strengthening its services to a growing international customer base.
Located at the FPE Global UK headquarters close to Manchester Airport, the 30,000 sqft site is described as one of the largest and most advanced in the country.
The test facility covers 3,500 sqft and offers a full spectrum of materials handling technology, including a multi-phase 500m pneumatic conveying system – reportedly the only one of its kind in the UK.
According to FPE Global, the new facilities have been built with the sole purpose of helping customers to reduce risk with capital investments associated with materials handling infrastructure.
Unlike many other test facilities that offer only pilot or lab scale capability, the array of materials handling technology on offer at FPE Global allows customers to conduct full scale material handling trials prior to final specification and purchase order placement.
The manufacturing facility has been specifically designed to enable lean and efficient materials flow, as well as providing separation between mild steel and stainless steel production to ensure the highest quality standards are met.
The new facility also provides full scale assembly and test capability to ensure that new products and systems are fully built and tested prior to despatch. This will allow for a ‘vertical start up’ when products arrive to customer’s facilities.
Chief Executive at FPE Global, David Cooper explained: “The launch of the new manufacturing and test facility is another key step on our growth journey as we enhance our services to clients around the world.
“With one of the largest and most advanced facilities in the country, we are now able to provide a world class service to our customers from initial concept through to on site delivery, start-up and throughout the life of the installation.”
FPE Global was backed by private equity firm NorthEdge Capital in 2014 and is on track to achieve sales of £16m by the end of 2017.