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Rapid expansion means new premises
Reflecting the rapid growth since its last relocated five and a half years ago, Sensor Technology has moved its manufacturing, sales and marketing and administration in to Apollo Park, Banbury, three miles from its head office and research and development facility.
The head office is a converted water mill deep in the Cotswold, and provided a home for the whole company from its founding in 1976 until 2004, when the commercial functions moved 10 miles to Heyford Park near Bicester. "The mill was great for our start up period when we were developing TorqSense, our contactless torque sensor," says Marketing Manager Tony Ingham. "The fact that it was off the beaten track helped us concentrate on the task in hand. But once our sales started to grow, we needed somewhere with better access and communications links. Heyford is just of the M40 motorway, which was great, and we were next door to a sister company."
However growth of TorqSense sales, particularly on the overseas front, has encouraged the directors to reassess. Extending the existing building was considered, but options were limited and the effects of disruption to the businesses were difficult to calculate. "We started to look around, and discovered a brilliant recently completed new development closer to our head office."
Apollo Park is a total redevelopment at one of the disused ironstone quarries that provided Banbury with its original economic base. Most of these haven't been worked for 30 years or more, and now the local planners want to see them productive in new ways. Sensor Technology's new neighbours will include the Bentley Owners Club, the first company to sign up for Apollo Park.
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