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7 October 2019

Lontra, a world pioneer in advanced engineering technologies, has today announced the opening of the UK’s first purpose-built advanced manufacturing centre in Napton, Warwickshire, in partnership with Shield Group Engineering. This is the first phase of a rapid expansion driven by exports where Lontra is seeking to develop several advanced manufacturing centres, a global technology centre, assembly facilities and a revolutionary digitally driven services centre.

This new advanced manufacturing facility will complement the firm’s existing R&D Technology Centre enabling the firm to better address a £69-billion market across 150 countries through its rapidly growing distributor network. The state-of-the-art facility is part of a new build high-tech manufacturing and research park.

Lontra is working towards a collaborative UK Industry and Government £70-million investment proposal to expand its research, development and manufacturing further in The Midlands and The North, launch a new digital services facility in London and build several assembly plants in multiple ports around the UK developing 1000’s of high value jobs and careers.

Lontra, the company behind the Blade Compressor® – the first clean-sheet compressor design in over 80 years – will use the facility to expand its manufacturing capabilities, enabling them to better address the £69bn global market for compressed air. Currently 80% of Lontra’s rapidly growing products, manufacturing and services can be exported from the UK to key markets including the US and UAE.

With the backing of Shield Group Engineering, one of the largest manufacturers in the UK with contracts to supply components to Caterpillar, Cummins, Aston Martin, Borg Warner, Ford and JCB, the project is expected to make a significant impact on the local and UK economy.

Steve Lindsey, CEO and Founder at Lontra said:

“I’m delighted to be able to announce the opening of this state-of-the-art digital manufacturing facility here in the Midlands, taking advantage of the world class talent in the area, to power the next phase of growth.

Lontra is now incredibly well-positioned to address the £69-billion global market for compressed air solutions and we continue to develop high value and exportable technologies, products and services.”

From its newly-expanded headquarters in the Midlands, Lontra licenses and sells its multi-award winning products through a rapidly growing multi-national distributor network.

The development of high-skilled engineering and manufacturing careers is a priority for the UK Government, and a key element of the Industrial Strategy. Lontra has been committed to the UK market for more than 15 years and affirms its continuous support to the UK economy, despite significant incentives from overseas markets.

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