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3 minute read - 15th February 2023

Growth sees Briggs of Burton make expansion investment

Process engineering company Briggs of Burton is increasing its pharmaceutical manufacturing capability with further expansion plans at its multi-million pound global technical centre. Based in Burton on Trent,  Briggs has started work to create a brand new purpose-built clean assembly manufacturing facility at its headquarters in the town. Only two years after completing a major extension to the global technical centre, the investment is set to further enhance staff facilities while creating additional job opportunities in the town.

Breaking ground, the work follows continued growth for the Briggs pharmaceutical division in the pressurised metered dose inhalers (pMDI) sector used to treat patients with respiratory conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Briggs has been actively designing and building end to end pMDI mixing systems across the UK and Europe as the market shifts towards a greener propellant.

Growth in the pharmaceutical sector means Briggs of Burton is expanding its global technical centre / Picture: Briggs of Burton

The project will deliver an additional 890m2 flexible hygienic clean production area which will include six assembly bays, equipment stores and kitting areas. It will be used to build hygienic and sanitary modular skid units, specialist self-contained process systems used in pharmaceutical manufacturing, for projects across the UK, Europe, and North America.

Robert Buxton, managing director at Briggs of Burton, said: “Our growth in the pharmaceutical sector has been born from a passion and desire to offer market leading technologies to major blue chip companies across the entire production process. Briggs of Burton are leading exciting new projects in the pharmaceutical market and are developing engineering solutions to help our customers with their sustainability targets.”

A new staff welfare area will be built as part of the project creating a dedicated space for the production team to take a break along with an extended outdoor area which will be used in the summer months.

George Crombie, Briggs’ engineering director, added: “We are proud to be continuing our partnership with local architectural, design and construction partners in delivering this important project for the area. Briggs has a longstanding connection with manufacturing in the Midlands as well as contributing to the UK Manufacturing and Engineering sector as a whole, and as we continue to grow our global reach it is important that we are able to support the region where our heritage first begun.”

The project will deliver an additional 890m2 flexible hygienic clean production area / Picture: Briggs of Burton

The news comes as Briggs has been recognised as one of the fastest growing engineering companies in the UK being singled out in the annual Make UK national manufacturing awards. The Make UK National Manufacturing Awards 2023 celebrate the best of UK manufacturing and engineering with Briggs recognised in the UK for the Business Growth and Strategy Award.

Briggs unveiled its new look global technical centre in April 2021 following a major revamp of the current building and multi-million pound extension to the site updating and creating new facilities. Briggs of Burton was originally formed over 285 years ago specialising in brewing equipment and engineering and is known worldwide for its turnkey brewing and distilling capabilities. Today, Briggs of Burton, employs over 300 staff across six sites located in the UK, USA, China, and Mexico.

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