After 23 years, and many months of planning, Renishaw’s Spectroscopy Products Division (SPD) said farewell to its Old Town site, in Wotton-under Edge, and moved to the new Renishaw Innovation Centre located at the company’s New Mills headquarters.
Situated in the stunning Gloucestershire countryside, the Renishaw Innovation Centre is a brand new building providing an additional 153,000 sq ft of space for Renishaw adjacent to the company’s iconic HQ, which is a converted 19th century woollen mill. The RIC was opened on 7th July by HRH The Princess Royal and is located one mile away from the ‘Old Town’ site. SPDs new facilities also encompass a second, fully refurbished building, to house the Division’s production and supply chain teams.
The much anticipated move is welcomed by the Division who had outgrown the previous building. Simon Holden, Director and General Manager, Spectroscopy Products Division, said:
“We hit saturation point at Old Town and the move to the New Mills site has significantly increased our overall footprint, providing us with much needed space and room for further expansion. We now have the added benefit of state of the art laboratories, modern production and assembly areas, customised dark rooms, and larger training facilities.
"The Renishaw Innovation Centre also has a fantastic demonstration area displaying all of Renishaw’s innovative products and a 300-seat lecture theatre enabling us to run conferences and give our visiting customers the best experience possible.”
For many of the staff, leaving the Old Town site signified the end of an era. Dave Gaston, Senior Production Engineer, started working at the main Renishaw site in 1983. 32 years on, he finds himself back in the same lab where he started, albeit with much more modern facilities.
SPD now have the very best facilities to inspire, support and facilitate many more years of Raman spectroscopy innovation. For further information about Renishaw’s Raman spectroscopy systems, visit www.renishaw.com