Furthering its ambition to be the leading supplier of industrial products and services, ERIKS has officially opened the doors of its European Centre of Expertise for power transmission in the West Midlands.
The unit is also home to a number of ERIKS Product Management and technical teams as well as a fully equipped engineering repair workshop. Located at Unit B Prime Point, on the Pensnett Industrial Estate in Kingswinford, ERIKS moved into the 30,000 sq. ft premises in September which houses over 120 employees.
Commenting on the move, Mike Ferris, chief operating officer for products and solutions at ERIKS UK & Ireland, said: “The Prime Point facility will be one of a number of ERIKS Technology Centres dedicated to innovation and customer service and will support our growth ambitions as the leading supplier of industrial products and services.
“We are also proud to have been selected as the European Centre of Expertise for power transmission, helping the rest of the group provide customers with best-in-class technical and engineering support.
“Relocating 120 or more staff will also give us the opportunity to consolidate a number of functions from different offices to improve the coordination and flexibility of our technical and engineering support functions.”
Bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise together in one place, the new site will combine the skills of application engineers from several product areas, including bearings and lubrication, electrical, sealing and polymer, and tools, safety and maintenance. The new premises will also facilitate a design team, project/product assembly and customisation cells along with a fully equipped repair and test workshop for drives.
“The UK has always been a very important market for our business and the new facility represents a significant and strategic investment not only for the UK and Ireland but for the group companies operating across Europe.” said Simon Franken, CEO of ERIKS Group.
Continuing, Franken said: “We recognise that it is increasingly challenging for businesses to maintain productivity of plant and the reliability of equipment day-to-day. Machinery advances and equipment obsolescence are issues of increasing importance, but these are not topics that are isolated to UK shores.
“This new Centre of Expertise for power transmission is a state-of-the-art facility that demonstrates our commitment to continued investment in the field and supporting our customers as they strive for improved performance and increased cost savings.”