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Amada invests £5m to boost Kidderminster site
9:20am Friday 14th September 2012 in News
MACHINE tool hire company Amada is investing £5 million to enhance its Kidderminster site.
The redevelopment of the customer facility at Spennells Valley Road will see it become a technical centre before the end of 2013.
There will be expanded showrooms, enhanced meeting areas and interactive facilities for software and tooling to showcase the firm’s technology.
Alan Parrott, managing director of Amada UK Ltd, said: "This is a significant year in Amada UK's history. It was precisely 40 years ago that Amada Co, Japan first created a UK subsidiary.
“Now, the old saying that life begins at 40 has great relevance as we look to underpin a very successful trading period with an intensive investment plan in support of new and existing customers alike.”
The development work will be carried out by Stourport-based Thomas Vale Construction.
Mr Parrott added: "Working with a contractor like Thomas Vale ensures that we are maximising our contribution to local economic sustainability, alongside their detailed knowledge of both Amada UK and the immediate local area."
Tony Hyde, managing director of Thomas Vale Construction, said: "Being given the opportunity to work with Amada UK Limited means that we are able to marry together both businesses cultures and vision to help deliver a highly innovative and environmentally sustainable redevelopment that will provide their business with a sound base for years to come."
Once complete, the refurbished facility will be eco-friendly, achieving a low carbon footprint through innovative sustainability techniques in lighting, heating, ventilation and insulation.
As a result of Wyre Forest District Council recently adopting a Local Development Order for the South Kidderminster Enterprise Park, the project does not require a planning application.
The order came into effect on August 13 and will remain in operation for three years from the date of commencement.
It is designed to simplify the planning process to provide an incentive to businesses to locate within the district, providing a boost to the local economy.