“Buying and refurbishing the factory was a significant investment for Applied and it paves the way for our ambitious growth plan,” says managing director, David Rowe. “We’re expanding our teams and our customer base, adding new products lines and entering new markets.
“We had outgrown the two sites were used to occupy,” he explains. “We wanted to bring the teams together under one roof to strengthen collaboration between divisions – and we desperately needed more space. Although moving here was a big jump in size, this factory gives us some room to grow and we don’t want to have to move again any time soon.”
Founded in the 1980s with a staff of three, Applied Automation originally made industrial control systems. While engineering is still its core business, the firm’s activities now include profile assemblies, bridge systems for yachts, and home automation. It represents products including collaborative robots from Universal Robots and remote access systems for machine-builders from Secomea. The company exports to Europe, China and the US.