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TBS unveils its new £15m manufacturing facility
TBS Engineering, the world’s leading manufacturer of lead-acid battery assembly and plate manufacturing equipment has opened the doors of its new £15m UK headquarters.
Based in Gloucestershire in the UK, the 100,000sq. ft. purpose-built manufacturing and engineering facility includes 80,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space together with office accommodation.
The launch coincides with TBS celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Today, the energy storage specialist turns over £50m and employs over 225 people around the world from its operations in China, USA, Canada and the UK.
Construction of the development began in June 2017 and completed in April 2018, before TBS began a phased transition into the new building. From 1st September 2018 its previous premises at Lansdown Industrial Estate in Cheltenham will close.
Speaking at the opening, TBS Group Managing Director David Longney said: “We’re incredibly proud of our new headquarters. It marks the start of another exciting era for us developing the latest innovations in world-leading lead-acid battery assembly equipment for our customers.
Viv Empson, Group Finance and HR Director added: “It has all the latest modern facilities to continue to attract and retain the best industry talent into one of the most rewarding careers, and for us to expand our engineering capabilities, while minimising our carbon footprint.”
Speaking of the future David said: “TBS is on a remarkable journey. We pioneered cast-on-strap technology and continue to lead the way in automation and innovation in our sector. From machines that produced just one battery per minute 30 years ago, to up to ten per minute today. With every advancement, we create a safer, and greener more efficient industry.”
Families of TBS employees enjoyed an open day and tour of the new facility before an official ribbon cutting ceremony, with speeches from TBS Group Managing Director, David Longney and Tom Valvo, Chief Operating Officer of parent company MiTek Industries.
The 50-year celebrations continued the next day as they celebrated 50 remarkable years of achievement at a special gala dinner at the Pittville Pump Room in Cheltenham.