1. £500,000 investment in Southampton engineering hub
Specialised industrial service provider ERIKS has invested £500,000 in a new Southampton regional hub as part of a multi-million-pound infrastructure improvements program in the UK.
ERIKS has ploughed funding into the 1,800m2 purpose-built hub on Adanac Drive, designed to support the company’s strong customer base across manufacturing sectors in the South and South West of England.
The regional hub replaces two smaller outdated facilities in Southampton and brings together core areas of engineering expertise in a central location, as well as a local stockholding of critical parts, allowing ERIKS to further improve the speed, flexibility and scope of its customer services.
A wide range of services will be offered including standard repairs and upgrades for pumps, motors and gearboxes.
The work is part of a £21m infrastructure investment by ERIKS split between Maintenance, Repair and Operation (MRO) product supply headlined by a state-of-the-art fulfilment centre in Oldbury, West Midlands, and the technical engineering side of the business supported by product business units and engineering workshops across the country such as Southampton.
Mike Golds, ERIKS Engineering Services Director, said: “We are delighted to have completed this significant investment in our Southampton regional hub as part of our overall programme of improvements across the country.
“It has been built and designed specially for the needs of our customers in the area, particularly for critical applications in the water, food, oil and gas and petrochemical sectors.
“The building incorporates an extensive workshop space, allowing us to enhance our offering and focus on servicing, standard repairs and upgrades of pump, motor and geared drive equipment, as well as providing a base for ERIKS site services teams.
“It also offers a more practical, brighter environment for our colleagues while there are also meetings rooms that are available for use by customers for off-site conferences and training workshops.”
Mike said having a central location for engineering, reliability and product distribution teams would improve knowledge sharing and skills development, especially for younger or newer members of the team.
“Crucially, for our customers, it means we’re able to bring the same exceptional levels of skill and experience to each contract, while equipping our teams with greater resources and back-up,” he said.
“This will allow us to take on a much wider range of work and to complete standard repair tasks even faster and more efficiently, ultimately leading to business growth in the area and new job opportunities.”
The Southampton regional hub includes a dedicated bay and wash-down trap with segregated clean and dirty areas for machine preparation, heavy-lift cranes with a capacity of up to 10 tonnes, advanced test and diagnostic systems, repair workstations, spray booths and curing oven, as well as final assembly and inspection areas.
2. ERIKS invests £500k in Barnsley Technology Centre
Industrial service provider ERIKS has invested more than £500,000 in its specialist sealing and polymer technology centre in Barnsley, increasing capacity and creating jobs.
ERIKS has invested in four new machines at its Oakwell View production operation and made significant improvements to the warehouse facility.
The tactical expenditure has created five new permanent jobs, taking ERIKS’ Barnsley team to 85 in total.
The Mayor of Barnsley, Councillor Sarah-Jane Tattersall, on December 6th 2022 visited the technology centre to look at the new equipment and hear how the business is growing.
Dan Nicholson, Director of Sealing & Polymer at ERIKS, said: “It is fantastic for our Barnsley site to be a successful technology centre within the ERIKS group and to benefit from the ongoing investment across the business.
“The past decade has seen year-on-year growth – and that growth has been particularly significant over the last five years.
“These new machines have given us greater capacity and also increased efficiency. It means we can take on contracts that we weren’t able to before.
“We thank the Mayor for her interest and hope she enjoyed looking around our base.”
- Costing more than £120,000, the new Taurus 300 Steel to Steel Press has been purchased as ERIKS has seen growth in the use of high-value sheet materials such as nickel-reinforced graphite and silicon-impregnated glass fibres.
- These materials require a high closure force per unit length. The new 300 tonne Taurus machine will improve finished quality and reduce running costs compared to the previous machine used.
- A £190,000 Travelling Head Press CPC-BT60 has been purchased with the primary goal of improving efficiency, safety and resilience, though it will also allow for additional sales. Long running jobs will switch to the travelling head machine from the traditional roller presses, which present health and safety risks and require tall, strong operators.
- Meanwhile, a new Kiss-Cut Press ABC60 will support additional sales and an Infinite 6010 CNC Router has replaced a 20-year-old machine that had no auto-tool change facility and was, therefore, rarely used. The new machine will help support increased business with a major central heating company.
There has also been significant investment in the warehouse including reconfiguration of racking, lifting equipment, packing machines and LED lighting.
Dan added: “The warehouse changes all improve health and safety while producing efficiency gains through optimisation of processes, as well as environmental and sustainability benefits.”
The Barnsley expenditure is part of ERIKS’s £21m infrastructure investment spread across our technical services and product supply, headlined by a state-of-the-art fulfilment centre in Oldbury, West Midlands.
3. The Fulfilment Centre of Expertise (FCE) has vastly improved product range supporting faster and more accurate supply of products.
This facility is now fully open and operational and includes a huge 11,000m2 warehouse space backed by one of the most advanced warehouse management systems anywhere in Europe.
It has 21 vertical lifts, more than 400m of high-speed conveyors, sophisticated scanning and weighing systems for every order and robust Industry 4.0 configured IT infrastructure with real-time monitoring.
David Gillies, Chief Executive Officer at ERIKS UK & Ireland, said: “We are passionate about the success of UK manufacturing and this multi-million-pound investment means we are ready to set new standards for our customers and sector through our unique combination of skills, knowledge and infrastructure.”
If you would like to know more about this exciting investment, please contact your local ERIKS Service Centre today.
Get the timeline of our investment here ERIKS FCE Investment.