Lontra, a pioneer in advanced engineering technologies, has opened the UK’s first purpose-built advanced manufacturing centre in Napton, Warwickshire, in partnership with Shield Group Engineering. This is the first phase of a rapid expansion driven by exports where Lontra is seeking to develop several advanced manufacturing centres, a global technology centre, assembly facilities and a revolutionary digitally driven services centre.
The new advanced manufacturing facility will complement the firm’s existing R&D Technology Centre enabling Lontra to better address a £69-billion market across 150 countries through its rapidly growing distributor network. The facility is part of a new build high-tech manufacturing and research park.
Lontra is working towards a collaborative UK Industry and Government £70-million investment proposal to expand its research, development and manufacturing further in the Midlands and the North, launch a new digital services facility in London and build several assembly plants in multiple ports around the UK developing 1000’s of high value jobs and careers.
Lontra is the company behind the Blade Compressor® – the first clean-sheet compressor design in over 80 years.
With the backing of Shield Group Engineering, one of the largest manufacturers in the UK with contracts to supply components to Caterpillar, Cummins, Aston Martin, Borg Warner, Ford and JCB, the project is expected to make a significant impact on the local and UK economy.
Steve Lindsey, CEO and Founder at Lontra said: “I’m delighted to be able to announce the opening of this state-of-the-art digital manufacturing facility here in the Midlands, taking advantage of the world class talent in the area, to power the next phase of growth.”
Lontra licenses and sells its multi-award winning products through a rapidly growing multi-national distributor network.