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Bridon Brings £5million Rope Tech Facility to Doncaster

8th February 2013 -Doncaster-based rope manufacturer Bridon International has opened a £5million technical facility at its Balby Carr Bank site; a move set to create a number of highly skilled jobs and encourage international companies to do business in the area.

Doncaster Central MP Rosie Winterton officially opened the Bridon Technology Centre (BTC) today, touring the facility’s laboratories and test bay with Bridon Chief Executive Jon Templeman.

BTC, which will design and test some of the largest ropes in the world, is thought to be one of the most advanced facilities of its kind ever commissioned. Bridon has invested £5 million in the facility’s custom-made testing and analysis equipment, which will evaluate rope constructions for their suitability for use in punishing conditions – enabling the development of increasingly sophisticated ropes to meet the needs of customers across a range of industry sectors.

The Centre is set to create five new skilled positions, and support the work of Bridon’s global production capability including the Doncaster Wire Mill, where the company recently invested another £5million in high-tech equipment upgrades.

The Centre will also afford Bridon the opportunity to work with customers on selected technical projects, hosting collaborations that could bring a range of international companies to Doncaster.
The launch of the Bridon Technology Centre follows the recent opening of Bridon Neptune Quay – a state of the art manufacturing facility on Newcastle’s Tyneside capable of producing the largest and most complex ropes in the world.

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Bridon Chief Executive Jon Templeman said:

“BTC will be a high-tech hub for next generation rope development, where the finest minds in rope technology use sophisticated testing equipment to validate the designs of the largest and most complex ropes ever made.

“This state of the art facility will enable us to develop and test ropes that perform at the highest levels in the harshest conditions on earth, and to collaborate with our customers on tailored solutions to the toughest challenges they face.

“Following the launch of BTC and Bridon Neptune Quay, Bridon now operates the world’s most advanced rope development, manufacturing and testing facilities – giving us both the brains and the brawn  required of a global technology leader”.

Doncaster Central MP Rosie Winterton said:

“This state of the art facility will help establish Doncaster as a centre of excellence for high-tech manufacturing. It will also create a number of skilled jobs and encourage international companies to bring their business to our area.”

“Bridon International is a global leader in its field and is demonstrating the full potential of innovative British manufacturing. I look forward to seeing this latest investment bear fruit”.

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