Plexus Corp. has officially opened its expanded Design Centre and new manufacturing facility at the Pyramids Business Park in Bathgate. Plexus’ expansion demonstrates its continued commitment to invest in its UK engineering and manufacturing operations and will boost the local economy by creating 130 new jobs.
An official opening ceremony performed by Mr John Swinney, MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, marked the event which was attended by invited guests and Plexus employees.
Plexus, which describes itself as a ‘Product Realization Company‘, has invested £9 million in the expansion of its UK capabilities, working closely with Scottish Enterprise on funding support. The opening of the expanded facilities, including a 15,500 sq. ft. design centre and a 47,000 sq. ft. manufacturing site, will support Plexus’ regional growth and increase the engineering and manufacturing credentials for its UK customer base. Bringing together design, prototyping and manufacturing under one roof enhances the solutions for Plexus’ customers and reinforces its position as the Product Realization Company in the UK.
“After announcing our expansion plans at the end of last year, we received very positive feedback from our local customer base, confirming that our decision met the demand for UK based design and manufacturing solutions,” commented Steve Frisch, Plexus Regional President in EMEA. “Moving forward, we are confident that our extended UK operations will continue our successful history of regional engineering and manufacturing excellence.”
Cabinet Secretary John Swinney said: “Plexus are demonstrating themselves as a key player in the technology and engineering sector and a significant contributor to the Scottish economy. The work of Plexus and how it has successfully developed high-value design and manufacturing solutions for its customers in professional markets is to be commended.
“The Scottish Government is committed to the continuing development and support of the technology and engineering sector that currently employs around 150,000 people. We acknowledge the hard work and commitment from companies like Plexus in demonstrating that Scotland has proven itself to be a location where the outward-looking high-technology business can thrive.
“The Scottish Government and its agencies are actively working with the sector to ensure the best match between the output of the education system and the input to industry. Scotland’s universities have a world class reputation in science and engineering research. We are establishing a number of Innovation Centres which will enable industry and academia to work much more closely, such as the new Innovation Centre for Sensors and Imaging Systems.”
The design centre and manufacturing site are now fully operational and complement Plexus’ existing manufacturing facility in Kelso, Scotland.
The photo shows Steve Frisch, Plexus Regional President in EMEA (left) and John Swinney, MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth.