En­gi­neer­ing group heads to i54

Birmingham Post - - COMMERCIAL PROPERTY -

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

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