Spirax Sarco overhauls manufacturing facilities

29 April 2010

Spirax Sarco has sunk £25 million (€29 million) into its manufacturing facilities in Cheltenham, UK. The fluid control products manufacturer is consolidating and modernising in a bid to improve its customer service, reduce lead times and boost its environmental credentials.

The ‘Unity Project’ will bring Spirax Sarco’s existing manufacturing and research and development operations at three sites around Cheltenham onto one site at Runnings Road. Spirax Sarco has acquired a five-acre site across the road from its existing factory to provide the space for the consolidation. A tunnel will be built underneath the road to enable goods to be transferred between plants.

As well as revamping the layout at the existing site, a new finished-goods warehouse and central boiler house will be built. Work also includes developing new assembly stations, replacing the electrical distribution system and installing new material racking and handling equipment.

New environmental efficiency measures include upgrading the energy management of the site beyond current regulations with building insulation, daylight lighting and automatic, low-energy lighting.

Marc Eggermont, director UK and RoI, Spirax Sarco, said: “Spirax Sarco is one of Cheltenham’s largest employers and has had continuous manufacturing operations here for more than 60 years. This huge investment maintains our commitment to running a state-of-the-art engineering capability in the UK.”

The company expects to complete the project in 2011.

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