Plexus Corp. is set to expand its Livingston Design Centre with plans for larger premises at the Pyramids Business Park, in Bathgate. Having worked closely with Scottish Enterprise on funding support, Plexus will expand its UK manufacturing footprint by opening a new manufacturing facility at the same location.
“Plexus’ ability to provide full product realisation solutions within the UK market has attracted several new customers. This increasing demand is the fuel for the expansion of our UK operations,” commented Steve Frisch, Plexus Regional President in EMEA. “This demand sends a very positive signal that companies need a UK-based solution for the design and manufacturing of their low-to-mid volume, higher complexity products. These investments answer that need and demonstrate Plexus’ continued commitment to investing in its UK engineering and manufacturing operations.”
Commenting First Minister Alex Salmond said: “Plexus” decision to invest £9 million in expanding their Scottish operations will provide a welcome boost to the local economy, creating 130 new jobs and a new design, prototyping and manufacturing facility in Bathgate. The Scottish Government and our enterprise agencies are focused on securing new jobs, and investment and Plexus expansion plans will receive up to £1m of support through Scottish Enterprise. News that this international design and manufacturing firm is stepping up its Scottish operations is testament to the quality and skills of the West Lothian workforce and reinforces Scotland”s reputation for excellence in innovation and manufacturing.”
Company growth director, Scottish Enterprise, Jim Watson added: “We”ve worked closely with Plexus to help it invest and expand in Scotland. This new package of support will allow the company to invest further in R&D, training and capital expenditure, helping Plexus realise its ambitious growth plans in Bathgate and ultimately driving home long-term growth for the Scottish economy.”
“The new facilities include a 15,500 sq ft design centre, which will also incorporate a regional office for the members of the Plexus European leadership team that are based in the UK,” added Frisch. “The design centre expansion will allow for the growth of our engineering team, increasing our design capabilities as well as enhancing our Product Realization Solutions for our UK customer base.”
The new manufacturing facility will be approximately 47,000 sq ft and will include prototyping, manufacturing and warehousing areas. The site will complement Plexus’ existing manufacturing facility in Kelso as well as becoming a European centre of excellence for prototyping. The co-location of design, prototyping, and manufacturing in one facility, enhances the value proposition for Plexus customers and reinforces Plexus as the Product Realization Company in the UK.
It is anticipated that Plexus will start the fit out of the new site later this year and that both the design centre and manufacturing site will be operational in February 2013.