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Further expansion for Staubli in Telford

Stäubli have been based in Telford for 25 years, locating on Stafford Park when the Robotics Division formed Stäubli Unimation, following the acquisition of the leading robot manufacturer, Unimation, the manufacturer of the ground breaking Unimate and PUMA industrial robots. Their activities concentrated on high speed, high accuracy and adaptable robotics used in industry for many automation solutions.
Stäubli Connectors Division was formed back in 1956 providing high technology, quick release connectors used across industry in many demanding applications from motorsport to defence, plastics moulding to electronics cooling; providing an easy to use, spill and leak free robust connections typically for hydraulics, coolants, gases and fuels.

Stäubli Textile division has been developing and producing high quality systems for the weaving industry since 1892. The Group provides innovative, technological solutions that satisfy weaving mills with high expectations in terms of productivity, cost-efficiency, reliability and quality.

From their initial base on Stafford Park, Stäubli have moved twice within Telford; first in 2005 onto Lodge Park, Hortonwood and now to a brand new facility at Hadley Park East

Continued market growth and the associated increase in the workforce have resulted in the need for larger premises. This latest move provides Stäubli with 50% more space and room to grow even further. It will enable Stäubli to present and display their products in an interactive showroom environment as well as providing improved meeting and conference facilities.

For the first time in the UK, Stäubli Connectors Division will be able to display their full range of products in a dedicated exhibition area providing customers with a 'hands on' evaluation opportunity. For example, plastic moulding companies will be able to view the latest quick mould change and clamping systems as well as the mould connectors that can add significantly to their competitiveness; electronics companies can view the latest innovative connectors for liquid cooling systems that are capable of dispersing the higher temperatures now being produced by high power electronics in data centres and automotive customers can review the latest engine test bed connections and rapid tool changing solutions.

Robotics customers will be able to use dedicated demonstration cells, providing them with the opportunity to evaluate and adapt realistic simulations of any planned automation and develop the optimum cycle times for Stäubli's high performance robots. Typical robot installations can be mirrored in the cells, demonstrating to customers how these multi axis, highly flexible robots can be used in a wide spread of applications from automotive to specialist pharmaceutical and drug discovery to plastics and food.

Sustainability is important in all new commercial developments, protecting the environment has been a major consideration in both Stäubli's and the developer's plans for this new facility. Photovoltaic solar panels are being installed on site and the office accommodation, meeting rooms and showroom areas have all been designed to allow for the increasing requirements for in-house product demonstrations, training and seminars.

Telford, a wise choice of location 25 years ago, has proved to be an ideal location for Stäubli; logistically central as a base for our customer service and support network and an excellent business environment. They have benefitted from being able to call on the wide range of skills and experience that the local workforce provides. Stäubli's commitment to Telford is confirmed again by this latest move.

Telford & Wrekin Council, the site owners, has been helpful and supportive in progressing this development for Stäubli and safeguarding the jobs locally. This investment in new premises also secures additional jobs for the Telford area as Stäubli expands their activities into the new larger facilities.

Local building and civil engineering contractor McPhillips (Wellington) Limited has been appointed as the principal contractor to design and build the new £1.2m industrial development and is pleased to continue its longstanding relationship with Stäubli.  Also based on Hortonwood, Telford and directly employing over 250 local people McPhillips has been delivering construction projects across the Midlands, North West and Wales for 50 years with recent notable examples being the re-development of the Dogs Trust Shrewsbury Rehoming Centre and the civil engineering infrastructure required for the re-development of the Southwater area of Telford Town Centre.

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