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Wassenburg Medical Devices is moving to Smithy Wood Business Park, leaving just one office unit vacant on the 50-acre office and industrial development.

The leading manufacturer of decontamination and storage systems for endoscopes is relocating to the Park from Hellaby in Rotherham.

Wassenburg will join two other medical sector businesses on the Park – Medilink, the association which provides a range of business support for medical technology companies, hospitals and university researchers, and Arthrex, the orthopaedic products and medical education business.

The move, just a few miles up the M1 from Wassenburg’s current location, means the company can retain the skills and expertise of its existing staff but also cut costs.

Wassenburg is also developing part of its new, 8,000 sq ft UK headquarters as a training facility for NHS staff. Operations director Rob Salter said: “As we no longer manufacture in the UK, the emphasis is more on sales and service. This move will not only enable us to improve our training offer, which is highly-valued by the NHS, but also give us access to 4,000 sq ft of high quality office space on the first floor.”

Mr Salter says the company will also be able to make significant savings on telecoms costs by setting up a fibre-optic link between Smithy Wood and the group’s global headquarters in the Netherlands and using VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) telephone technology, which automatically calculates whether it is more cost-effective to make an international call via Holland or direct from the UK.

Other occupiers of the office development include Kier Building Maintenance, 5m Publishing and Konica Minolta. Smithy Wood Business Park is a joint venture involving St Paul’s Developments and the Duke of Norfolk. Commercial property consultants Knight Frank and Fowler Sandford are acting as agents for the site.

St Paul’s development manager, Dennis Enuson, said: “We’re very pleased about the type of occupiers Smithy Wood continues to attract. Arthrex and Wassenburg, both global companies, chose Smithy Wood to locate their UK headquarters, while Kier Building Maintenance also opted to relocate their head office function.

“We now have just one office building available, but the remaining 33 acres of pre-prepared development platforms offers potential Smithy Wood investors and occupiers a wide range of design and build opportunities from the 8,000 sq ft self-contained office to a single 600,000 sq ft industrial unit.”