1 minute read - 12th September 2023
AESSEAL to invest £9.7m at Rotherham factory
AESSEAL has placed orders with a total value of £9.7m for 32 robots that will be installed and operated at its factory in Rotherham. The investment will help the company to increase productivity by automating mundane processes and free up people for highly skilled work.
Most of the investment will be spent on six robotic machine tool cells valued at £1.25m each. These robots will be able to produce parts that are in tolerance without the need for human inspection. The remainder is being spent on 26 auto-store robots to automate the process of storage and retrieval of the company’s engineering products and will be commissioned in 2023.
Stephen Shaw, engineering director at AESSEAL, said: “This business has always invested extremely heavily in technology. The surprising thing is that the more we have invested in productivity, the more people the company has employed. It is just that the jobs that people do become less repetitive and therefore less boring, so that human beings can do more of the things that no robot will ever be able to do. Our CNC machinists are becoming manufacturing engineers.”
Chris Rea, AESSEAL group managing director, said: “We have always invested in the future, but we have also always been prudent about only spending what we can afford. As we were unable to obtain meaningful financial support from regional agencies, the directors prudently decided to extend the project timeframe by five years. Although we would have preferred to do it faster, with this extended investment timeframe we know that we will continue to employ more people in higher quality positions. It will take a lot longer than we had originally planned, but our priority is to provide safe, secure and sustainable positions for all our current and future colleagues.”