Hardness testing machine specialist Zwick Roell Indentec has opened a modern manufacturing facility in Brierley Hill in the West Midlands.
The expansion has been in response to increasing demand within the global materials testing industry.
The new plant, which currently covers an area of 1350 square metres, accommodates a modern design and production facility and a research & development centre. The company has also taken the opportunity to incorporate a UKAS accredited calibration laboratory.
A fully equipped Zwick Roell demonstration laboratory and customer training suite will enable the company to welcome new and existing customers to the new facility for technical consultations with product specialists and a wide range of equipment demonstrations.
The new premises were officially inaugurated on October 3 in a ceremony attended by Zwick Roell Indentec employees, past and present and invited guests.
Reflecting on the achievement of the milestone, Dr Jan Stefan Roell, CEO of the Zwick Roell Group, said he was “delighted to have an opportunity to recognise the major step forward which has been achieved by Indentec in their move to their new premises.” He added, “It provides scope for increasing output over threefold and will be the centre of excellence for the Zwick Roell hardness testing division.”
In response, the Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Alan Finch said, “This is a large investment in a highly successful local business. People are often surprised that our local economy hosts manufacturing firms with an excellent global reputation, but it does and I’m proud that we have such diversity and skills locally.”
Indentec’s Managing Director, John Piller, said; “Our machines are used by leading technology companies to maintain product quality and customers include Rolls-Royce, Aero Engine Controls and BMW. Our German parent company has invested over £1.4 million in this new facility which will enable us to significantly increase production and potentially create a number of extra, highly skilled, jobs.”