The growth of manufacturing in the UK is reflected in a number of new appointments and the completion of the first manufacturing project undertaken by Projex.
Better known for delivering major warehousing developments like the Amazon fulfilment centre at Bardon, Projex was appointed by Trebor Developments eighteen months ago to deliver a new £12m manufacturing facility at Popes Lane, Oldbury.
Completed towards the end of 2017, the facility has already won an award for Trebor, winning best project under 250,000 sq ft at the Industrial Agents Society (IAS) National Awards 2017.
The facility is now owned by Steel and Alloy Ltd, part of Spanish-based Gonvarri Steel Services, which predominantly works in the car industry manufacturing products for top car marques such as Jaguar Land Rover and Honda.
New contract wins include an appointment to deliver a new 100,000 sq ft production facility in Oxford.
This is the first phase of a facilities expansion that will ultimately provide in excess of 260,000 sq ft of advanced engineering research and manufacturing space for Polar Technology Management Group. The group designs, develops and manufactures specialist composites and metals components and assemblies to industries including aerospace, medical, rail, motor and motor sport.
According to the latest government figures, the UK economy has exceeded expectations for its performance at the end of 2017 driven largely by manufacturing. The three-month average to November 2017 was the best performance for the sector in nearly a decade and was the first time since 1997 that output from the sector had increased for seven consecutive months. (Source: Office for National Statistics)