Global manufacturing firm HydraForce has opened up its new £10 million factory at the Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Birmingham.
The company makes high performance electrohydraulic controls and was the first business to commit to the Aston Hall Road site.
Thanks to support from the governmentâs Regional Growth Fund (RGF), the 120,000 sq ft factory was finished last year and will add 75,000 sq ft to the capacity of HydraForce in Birmingham in the groupâs 28th year in the city.
HydraForce Managing Director, Peter Macdonald said that the Birmingham facility will help the group to improve its speed to market throughout Europe, and into India and Turkey.
He added: More than 80 per cent of the product we build in Birmingham is exported. This is a really good news story for British manufacturing.
John Clancy, leader of Birmingham City Council, said that the vision for the Advanced Manufacturing Hub is now becoming a reality and he is excited to see the HydraForce facility officially opened for business.
Clancy added: HydraForce is a big Birmingham success story creating high quality jobs and enhancing our city’s growing reputation for advanced manufacturing.
Guhring, a tool manufacturer which supplies the likes of Ford and Jaguar Land Rover, has also finished the construction of a steel frame for its new facility at the Advanced Manufacturing Hub and is currently developing a new 50,000 sq ft production base which is set to be complete by January next year.
HydraForce operates five manufacturing facilities throughout the world and its other sites are its precision machining centre, innovation centre and headquarters in North America and a manifold assembly plant in Asia, meanwhile the firmâs old manufacturing facility, based at St Stephens Street in Birmingham, has been sold.
The company was first founded in Chicago, USA in 1985, while its Europe HQ was set up in the UK three years after.