Engineering group heads to i54
SWEDISH engineering group Atlas Copco has moved to a new manufacturing facility at the i54 site near Wolverhampton.
The property is now the new bolting innovation centre for Atlas Copco and provides 46,000 sq ft of production and office space for 80 staff which the company said it expected to grow following the move.
The Atlas Copco group was formed almost 30 years ago and designs, manufactures and distributes a wide range of hydraulic bolt tightening tools.
The new base is located on the 15-acre Mucklow Park, part of i54, and the creation of the new factory site was led by Midlands property company A&J Mucklow Group.
Other tenants at i54 include Jaguar Land Rover, Moog and Eurofins.
Justin Parker, managing director of A&J Mucklow, said: “Atlas Copco is a fantastic addition to Mucklow Park and the wider i54 scheme.”
Coun John Reynolds, City of Wolverhampton Council cabinet member for economy, added: “Our joint investment in i54 has already secured hundreds of millions of pounds of further investment and brought thousands of jobs to the area, with 40 per cent of employees living within a ten-mile radius.
“Atlas Copco’s expansion comes on the back of significant investment by ERA and Eurofins.
“Most importantly, these are high-end businesses providing skilled local jobs and research and training facilities.
“It also demonstrates demand is high for more accommodation from potential investors and the western extension will enable us to deliver that for the benefit of local residents and businesses.”
Joint agents Cushman & Wakefield and Bulleys are the letting agents at Mucklow Park, i54.
>From left: David Jones, general manager, Atlas Copco; Noel Muscott, partner at Bulleys; Justin Parker, managing director of A&J Mucklow; and John Sambrooks, partner at Cushman & Wakefield