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Old August 12th, 2015, 07:18 PM   #21
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Someone needs to go dressed as Captain America the day that factory opens.
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HydraForce moves into new £10 million factory at Birmingham’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub

HydraForce, the international manufacturer of high performance electrohydraulic controls, has moved into a brand new 11,150 sqm / 120,000 sq ft, purpose-built facility in the Advanced Manufacturing Hub at Aston Hall Road, Birmingham.

HydraForce’s substantial investment in the new premises comes just a year after announcing its intention to grow after securing £1.8 million from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund. The new facility adds an additional 7,000 sqm / 75,000 sq ft of manufacturing capacity, providing the company with much-needed capacity to build electrohydraulic cartridge valves and other products for the European market.

“Our move is right on schedule with no interruption in production,” said Peter MacDonald, UK managing director.

“We’d like to thank the Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd. for their efforts to complete construction of our new building so that we could take occupancy in August as planned.

We are very pleased with our new place and look forward to showing it off to our customers and the community in September.”

The three-story building has production and testing areas on the ground floor, engineering and sales offices and training areas on the first and second floors. There is also a new 465 sqm / 5,000 sq ft application engineering lab.

HydraForce, which celebrated 27 years in Birmingham last year, is the first tenant of Birmingham’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub at Aston Hall Road, one of six economic zones identified by the City Council to drive Birmingham’s future growth ambitions*.

The privately-owned company operates a total of five manufacturing facilities, including the new facility in Birmingham, its corporate headquarters, innovation centre, and precision machining centre in North America and a manifold assembly plant in Asia. The previous HydraForce facility at St. Stephens Street in Birmingham will be sold.

“Our new building at the Advanced Manufacturing Hub builds on the success of our last expansion – the Innovation and Technology Center in Chicago, which opened in 2013,” said Tony Casale, Vice President of Sales and Marketing Worldwide.

“Our facility in Birmingham will improve speed to market throughout Europe. This is important to our growth in the region as more than 80% of the product we build in Birmingham is exported.

“Thanks to the diversity of the markets we serve, we are experiencing a general increase in demand for our line of compact, efficient control products,” explained Mark Wilson, Director of Key Accounts.

“Cartridge valves are a very specialised niche in the hydraulic control market and much of our work is custom-engineered for the specific needs of the customer’s machine. That takes a unique kind of expertise,” he added.
HydraForce’s highly skilled and motivated workforce is a key reason for the business’s resilience and growth, added Peter MacDonald.

“Many of our staff have been with us for years, and we value their knowledge and expertise. The Advanced Manufacturing Hub was the ideal site for us because it’s logistically well placed, only three kilometres from our previous location at St Stephen’s Street, which made it relatively easy for our staff to move with us,” added MacDonald.

The company’s expansion also means an increase in job opportunities.

“Attracting the right people with the right skills at the right time is an on-going challenge, but we have a well-established apprenticeship programme and strong links with higher education.

Being located in the Advanced Manufacturing Hub can help our recruitment strategy,” said MacDonald. Employment at HydraForce in Birmingham is expected to increase from 280 to 500 people by 2018.
HydraForce president, Jim Brizzolara, added:

“We are delighted to witness this new stage of growth for HydraForce in Europe. Whether we build in Birmingham, Shanghai or Chicago, our customers can expect the same level of innovation, quality and responsiveness.

We are all part of the same family. This new location in the Advanced Manufacturing Hub will help us bring new electrohydraulic technology to the European market faster than ever before. It improves our global efficiency and give us a solid base for continued growth in Europe.”
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Old July 12th, 2016, 11:12 PM   #23
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No Brexit blues as £8.5m Birmingham manufacturing hub powers ahead
By Paul Dale 12.Jul 2016

Work has started on an £8.5 million extension to Birmingham’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub.

Business leaders believe the decision to press ahead with the speculative development which has not been pre-let represents a clear signal of intent that any post-Brexit uncertainty will not damage Birmingham’s growth.

The 94,500 sq ft Apollo facility, located close to the city centre and next to the A38 Aston Expressway, sees leading Midlands commercial developer, Trebor Developments and investment partner, Aviva Investors, working in conjunction with Birmingham city council and the Homes and Communities Agency.

Supported by funding from the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP), the Advanced Manufacturing Hub has already attracted two major engineering companies, Hydraforce who have completed a new 125,000 sq ft unit and Guhring, whose works are on site.

The latest development, due for completion in February 2017, takes investment on the site past the £40 million mark and will further enhance the Hub’s growing reputation as a centre for high value manufacturing, according to the council.

City council leader John Clancy said:

Whatever the national economic uncertainty, Birmingham is not standing still and the fact that construction of this new high quality manufacturing facility is underway gives a clear signal of our intent.

We’re creating high quality jobs and business opportunities and this demonstrates both the resilience of the City’s economy and the underlying strength of the manufacturing sector.

Andy Street, Chairman of the GBSLEP, commented:

I am pleased that the GBSLEP has been able to support this key regeneration project which is playing an important role in supporting the expansion of high quality manufacturing activity in the Greater Birmingham area. The fact that this is a speculative development also demonstrates confidence in the continued expansion of the manufacturing sector post-Brexit.

Mark Rogers, chief executive of Birmingham city council, added:

The commencement of this development represents another success for the Advanced Manufacturing Hub which is bringing much needed jobs and investment to the Aston area. It also demonstrates that the City has a strong economic base, including our expanding manufacturing sector, to deal with the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Bob Tattrie, Managing Partner for Trebor Developments, on behalf of the partners said:

We are delighted work on site has commenced and working in partnership with the appointed contractor, A&H Construction, we look forward to hand over of this new facility in February 2017. The facility will deliver high quality, much needed, manufacturing accommodation to the West Midlands.

The development is being marketed by joint agents, Savills Birmingham Office (Charlie Spicer) and Cushman and Wakefield Birmingham office (David Binks and Colin Lawrence-Waterhouse).
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23rd August, 2016

FANUC_smallLeading real estate company Cushman & Wakefield is playing a key role at all three of the West Midlands’ advanced manufacturing hubs.

The three – Coventry’s Ansty Park, the Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Birmingham, and the newly launched Mucklow Park i54 at Wolverhampton – are helping to attract a new breed of hi-tech manufacturers to the country’s traditional industrial heartland.

Ansty Park, on the outskirts of Coventry, is home to the Manufacturing Technology Centre, and has recently announced a new tenant, FANUC UK, which is part of one of the world’s largest manufacturers of industrial robots.

The company is to move into a new 120,000 sq ft building at Ansty Park, in a deal completed by Cushman & Wakefield. The state-of-the-art building will be developed by Highbridge Properties

Cushman & Wakefield is also playing a key role in the development of a new 94,500 sq ft building at the Advanced Manufacturing Hub (AMH), by development partners Trebor and Aviva Investors. Cushman & Wakefield represented the partners during negotiations to acquire a 4.79 acre site at the AMH, which will be built speculatively during this year, in a bid to help attract more industries of the future to Birmingham.

The AMH is one of six economic zones in the city that are the focus of inward investment efforts by various agencies, including Birmingham City Council and the HCA. The AMH is already home to two occupiers, US hydraulics manufacturer Hydraforce and German owned precision engineering firm Guhring.

The third advanced manufacturing hub is the newly launched Mucklow Park i54, which stands at the gateway to the existing i54 South Staffordshire, a 239-acre scheme sited between north Wolverhampton and the M54 motorway.

The main development is a £50m joint venture between three neighbouring councils, and was launched ten years ago. It is home to a number of companies, including Jaguar Land Rover, who have built an advanced engine manufacturing facility there. Other occupiers include Eurofins, MOOG and International Security Printers.
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Good to see such a development.
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Old April 14th, 2017, 02:23 PM   #26
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Guhring are moving

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From Tuesday 18 April we will be operating from a new 55,000 sq ft high tech manufacturing facility in Aston, Birmingham. Our details are:

Guhring Ltd
Estone Drive
Aston Hall Road
Birmingham B6 6BQ
Tel No: 0121 749 5544
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We've all tried to save for a 'rainy day' or put some finances aside to buy something we desire. In the case of cutting tool manufacturer Guhring, it spent the last 5 years putting profits aside to build its new factory. That factory is now almost near completion and is set to be open for business in April 2017.

After residing in Castle Bromwich Business Park since its UK inception back in 1990, Guhring has long outgrown its existing facility. Now, the company is set to realise its ambitions by moving to a purpose built 55,000sq/ft facility on the new Birmingham Advanced Manufacturing Hub. Located near the M6 and the main A38 arterial road, the purpose built facility will enable Guhring to move and vastly expand its HSS, carbide and PCD cutting tool production operations all under one roof.

The new factory commenced construction in February 2016 and the movement of machine tools and inventory will take place throughout February until April with no disruption to service. Guhring is aiming to have all its staff and equipment in the new factory and operational for 18th April. The official opening ceremony is planned to take place in early summer 2017 with VIPs, the dedicated Guhring team and entertainment welcoming guests and customers to the celebratory event.

Currently employing over 80 people, the new £11m investment will allow Guhring to organically grow and rapidly realise its ambition of employing 125 staff whilst creating greater market penetration in its core markets. Commenting upon the imminent opening of the new factory, Guhring's National Sales Manager, Mr Dave Hudson says: "We are excited by the prospect of moving to a new home for Guhring to support the UK manufacturing industry. The new site will make Guhring one of the UK's largest cutting tool manufacturers and it will give us considerable space to install new plant and equipment in order further grow our production and coating of specialised carbide, HSS and PCD tooling products. In addition, we will have the capacity to stock a complete range of standard and special products for immediate delivery to customers."

"As well as growing our production and service capacity and capability, we will also be able to demonstrate to customers live cutting trials on the latest machine tools that we will be installing in a new demonstration area. The investment is significant and our aim will be to manufacture and deliver a complete solution of bespoke cutting tools and applications from under one roof."

Further details of the location and on the official opening will be announced when information is available.
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Old May 15th, 2017, 07:07 PM   #27
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The A38 Aston Expressway remains closed in both directions, almost eight hours after police weer alerted to the chilling discovery at a construction site in Priory Road, Aston.

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15 MAY 2017 BY JAMES RODGER

The area has been completely shut down, causing widespread chaos across the city

Aston Expressway is expected to be closed until tomorrow morning, West Midlands Police have confirmed.

Heavy bomb disposal equipment has arrived on the scene in Aston after a Second World War bomb was discovered.

The area has been completely shut down, causing widespread chaos across the city.

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It's a joke actually how they haven't removed the bomb yet, what is taking so long, why has it ran over to this morning causing chaos around the City. It was discovered almost 24 hours ago.
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I suppose it is a bomb after all and they need to make it safe before they remove it. It's just unfortunate that it has been found so close to the Aston expressway. The army are dealing with this so the local authorities have no say when the roads can reopen. It's just one of those things
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It's a joke actually how they haven't removed the bomb yet, what is taking so long, why has it ran over to this morning causing chaos around the City. It was discovered almost 24 hours ago.
People complain about the traffic but are the same ones to complain when the bomb goes off.
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I take it you was still in bed this morning when everyone else was stuck in standstill traffic djay.

I feel sorry for the people that have been evacuated and not given a reason why it's taking so long, news are now saying it should go off at 2pm.
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After closing the M6 from J4-J7, the bomb has been blown up.

Great work, a documentary would be great after how long it took lol
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Contained by many tonnes of sand, yet that explosion was a big one. Better safe than sorry

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I agree Perpetual Brum, better safe than sorry. I would much rather they take as long as needed to keep the bomb disposal team safe as opposed to rushing it just so a few disgruntled commuters can get to work on time.

I'm no bomb disposal expert but I think they have dealt with this very quickly considering what sounds like a pretty complex operation.

And there's been plenty of information about why it's taken so long, it's been all over the local news and online and radio.
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Manufacturer sets up base in hotel after bomb discovery

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16 MAY 2017 BYTAMLYN JONES



Guhring is forced out of its new home due to discovery of unexploded Second World War bomb in Aston

A city manufacturer has found itself "homeless" just four weeks after taking up residence on one of Birmingham's key regeneration sites following the discovery of an unexploded Second World War bomb.

Guhring, which makes precision rotary cutting tools for the engineering and medical industries, recently relocated from Castle Bromwich to the Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Aston.
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I take it you was still in bed this morning when everyone else was stuck in standstill traffic djay.

I feel sorry for the people that have been evacuated and not given a reason why it's taking so long, news are now saying it should go off at 2pm.
Nope took me 2hr to get to work in what usually takes 45mins max (on a usual bad day) including walking time. It took me 2.5 hours to get home yesterday after work also so i have been very inconvenience but life goes on.

I'm just saying, everyone complained about the traffic but that is only because it inconvenienced their day. If they lived near by and it went off they would complain not enough care was taken.

It was an unexploded bomb, no one in the general public would have a clue why it would take so long or how quickly it should have been defused as the general public are utterly uninformed.

At the end of the day it takes as long as it takes. If it would have went on for 4 hours people would still complain, they are probably the same people who complain about being stuck on the M6 after a crash.
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Global manufacturer Guhring unveils new UK HQ in Birmingham following £12million investment

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Guhring, a world-leading manufacturer of precision cutting tools, today (9th June) unveiled its new £12million UK headquarters in Birmingham’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub (AMH).

Marked by an official launch event, which saw 250 attendees, the opening of the new HQ will see Guhring create 50 new jobs and safeguard a further 75. This expands its offering to global clients including BMW, JLR, Ford, Nissan, Airbus & BAE Systems. With ambitious plans to double in size within the firm’s first five years at the Aston-based site, both skilled and entry-level positions will be created.

The opening event featured walking tours of the new site and a number of high-profile keynote speakers. Attendees heard from newly elected Mayor of the West Midlands Combined Authority, Andy Street; Leader of Birmingham City Council, Cllr John Clancy; UK Head of Manufacturing at Lloyds Banking Group, David Atkinson; Professor Carl Chinn from the University of Birmingham and Birmingham-born actor, David Harewood.

The building was officially opened by Dr Joerg Guehring, Chairman and CEO of the Guehring Group; the manufacturer’s parent company based in Albstadt, Southern Germany.

Mike Dinsdale the Managing Director of Guhring Ltd commented:

“The UK was Guhring’s first location to create a subsidiary outside of Germany. Now the group has in excess of 70 similar production and service operations throughout the world. Creating a new facility in Birmingham is a major step towards meeting the company’s strategic focus to strengthen our global presence. Guhring’s new UK headquarters will allow the company to further expand both its manufacturing, regrinding and R&D offering and serve our global client-base.

“Birmingham’s engineering and manufacturing capabilities are world-class, and locating in the Advanced Manufacturing Hub will ensure we can easily access local supply chain networks, a wide pool of skilled engineers, and easily connect with target markets in the UK and internationally”.

The AMH is one of six Economic Zones in Birmingham established by Birmingham City Council. The site is designed to accelerate growth specifically within the advanced manufacturing sector, by offering incentives such as simplified planning, gap funding and recruitment support.

Cllr Clancy added:

“Birmingham’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub is one of the city’s many economic zones, designed to capitalise on the region’s high value-adding sectors and drive inward investment that creates inclusive economic growth and jobs for all. With Greater Birmingham outperforming every UK region in attracting foreign investors, it is clear our strategy is working.

“Not only is Guhring’s investment testament to this – it highlights the strength of the region’s industrial legacy, the strength of the region’s talented workforce and the potential that exists in the region for growing companies with a bold, global vision”.

Guhring represent the second foreign direct investment (FDI) project into the AMH, which has already attracted Hydraforce – a US hydraulics manufacturer, which opened a new 120,000 sq ft factory there last year.

Foreign investment into the GBSLEP area is predominantly driven by the strength of the region’s advanced manufacturing sector, which represented 31% of all the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP’s 81 FDI projects in 2015/2016. In the wider West Midlands region 11,119 new jobs were created, more than any other region outside London.

Mayor Street, added:

“The West Midlands has an impressive legacy when it comes to advanced manufacturing. From Jaguar Land Rover and MG, to Rover and Rolls Royce – the region has been and still is home to many globally-renowned brands. Guhring is the latest manufacturing heavyweight to pick the West Midlands as the UK destination to grow its business and realise its full potential.

“The West Midlands has unique advantages in its location, its infrastructure and in its talent pool, making it a firm driver of the UK economy and a globally competitive investment destination of choice”.

A family owned organisation employing more than 70,000 staff, Guhring was located in Oxfordshire when the firm initially set up in the UK in 1973. After 17 years, Guhring moved to a central warehouse facility in Castle Bromwich, Birmingham. Its operations focused on sales, marketing and distribution – with the company employing 20 people. The company has expanded and diversified its services considerably, now offering a larger manufacturing and servicing capability for carbide and diamond (PCD) tooling, and an R&D department.

The global tool manufacturer purchased 3.5 acres (1.41 hectares) of development land from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and Birmingham City Council in 2015, in a deal secured by Savills. Commercial property consultant Bilfinger GVA was assigned to manage the project from its Birmingham base.

Finance Birmingham provided £650k of grant funding to assist the £11.45m Guhring project from its West Midlands and Liverpool City Region Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI). AMSCI has supported manufacturing supply chains in England to reshore in the UK and improve global competitiveness by encouraging innovative, collaborative projects which establish strong, sustainable and balanced growth. The investment made has helped support 135 jobs within the region and the creation of Guhring’s new factory.
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Guhring Open their NEW UK Manufacturing facility



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Guhring Open their NEW UK Manufacturing facility https://youtu.be/5vQZyS_Gu_w

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14 FEB 2018 By Tamlyn Jones

LuLu Group International plans to open European headquarters in Aston to support its global retail operations



CGI of plans by Y International to build a new distribution base at the Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Aston

A global retail giant has committed to investing £15 million into a new distribution hub in Birmingham to serve its customers across the world.

Y International, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi-based LuLu Group International, is planning to open a new European headquarters on the Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Aston which will create 80 jobs.

The group will process, package and export around 10,000 different products from the new 124,000 sq ft base to more than 160 hypermarkets across the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Far East.

It works with a wide range of businesses from across the country, transporting UK products overseas, and its suppliers include Coventry-based flatbread producer Mission Foods.

LuLu Group's portfolio includes hypermarkets, shopping malls and shipping, helping it reach a group turnover of £5.2 billion.

A delegation from the group's headquarters visited Birmingham to confirm the deal, making the company the fourth to commit to opening a base at the hub alongside Barberry which is speculatively developing a new warehouse.

City council leader Ian Ward (front left) signs a deal to bring Y International to Birmingham with (from back left) Fahim Mohamed, Mohamed Sanji, Mohamed Althaf and Tony Perks, all Y International

Y International will join German tool manufacturer Guhring, US hydraulics manufacturer HydraForce and Salts Healthcare.

Director of operations Tony Perks said: "Birmingham has created the ideal base for Y International, forming an integral part of LuLu Group's European expansion plans.

"When comparing potential locations, Birmingham offered a cost-effective and well-connected location, as well as readily-available, high-quality space, making our decision easy.

"The acquisition of the land gives us the opportunity to construct a large purpose-built production facility.

"This will enable the company to increase sales and is expected to result in an increase in staff from the existing 160 to 240, all recruited from the local area."

The Advanced Manufacturing Hub is jointly owned by Birmingham City Council and Homes England and inward investment agency Business Birmingham is supporting the transition.

Council leader Coun Ian Ward added: "The decision to make the Advanced Manufacturing Hub LuLu Group's European headquarters is fantastic news for the region.
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Presumably this'll go on the plot alongside Hydraforce, will it not? Would be logical given the size of the plot & their needs. Tried matching up the road system to that of the render last night and it would appear likely, but I stand corrected
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