Warwickshire manufacturer secures £100k grant

The CeraCon team, based in the Warwickshire town of Leamington Spa, are looking to expand following the £100,000 windfall.

A Leamington-based manufacturing company hopes to expand after securing a £100,000 grant through a local business support programme.

CeraCon, which provides contract gasketing services including specialist liquid foam sealing technology for the automotive sector, hopes to boost its production facilities as well as supporting ongoing research and development of new liquid foam technology.

Operating alongside its German counterpart CeraCon GmbH, the firm will now work with major UK clients that had previously shipped products abroad, including Jaguar Land Rover.

The company was assisted in its growth by the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, which has helped the firm to secure a £100,000 investment through the Accelerated Growth business programme, supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Rob Jones, who founded the company last year in the Warwickshire town, said his business is designed to help companies wanting high-end technology but being unable to justify the investment.

“Our 6-axis robot systems guarantee repeatable sealing for parts across all industry sectors,” he said, adding he hopes to see staff numbers increase from its current two to eight by next year.

Mr Jones also felt that the new investment signals the start of a bright new era for the firm, with its investment used by a variety of clients including designers wanting to validate seals on prototype parts and customers with tens of thousands of parts.

“As a newly established company we have been extremely fortunate to have already secured such a major investment and this will help us to double the number of robotic systems we have in operation by early next year,” he said.

Helena Bassett, of Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, added her organisation’s input will now extend beyond the investment.

“We are now helping the firm to identify networking opportunities within the electronics and automotive sectors to enable it to further build up its client base across the UK,” she said.