Rotherham firm Newburgh is new home for scheme to change car industry

The facility floor at Newburgh Precision, Rotherham
The facility floor at Newburgh Precision, Rotherham
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Rotherham’s world-leading engineering experts Newburgh Precision are to be at the heart of an initiative aiming to transform the UK’s vehicle manufacturing industry.

The Proving Factory, which aims to bridge the gap between technological advances in low-carbon prototype vehicles and the mass manufacturing needs of car giants, is to base its component manufacturing operation in 1,000sqm of space at Newburgh Precision.

State-of-the-art machines will be delivered over the next few months to the 75-year-old company, which was chosen for its expertise in machining precision components and its reputation for excellence in health and safety, IT systems and staff recruitment.

The Newburgh Group is the UK’s premier contract manufacturing company. Its components and assemblies are benchmarked against the best in the world and are distributed globally. Newburgh Precision produce high-quality components for the oil and gas, nuclear and aerospace sectors. The Proving Factory is a business that specialises in the low-volume production of advanced propulsion systems to automotive standards.

Its partners include MIRA, the HVM Catapult, Jaguar Land Rover, Schaeffler and the Midlands Assembly Network. It is co-funded by the Government’s Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative, which was launched by Vince Cable in 2011 to improve competitiveness of the UK’s advanced manufacturing supply chain and encourage major new suppliers to locate in the UK.

Newburgh Precision M.D. David Greenan said: “The company has a healthy order book and we have been recruiting and investing in new equipment at our Rotherham facility. The relationship with The Proving Factory will continue this and add new technology and processes into our working practices.

“Our Works Manager Nick Andrew has been selected by The Proving Factory as Operations Lead, a fantastic opportunity for him and the business to work closely with this innovative initiative.”

Mark Broxholme, Managing Director of Tata Steel’s Speciality Steels business, who are leading the Proving Factory enterprise along with Productiv, said: “We have worked hard to plan our development and growth as The Proving Factory’s manufacturing volumes increase towards our target of four million components over the next decade. This new interim site allows us to get started with component development and manufacturing as quickly as possible, while achieving the most efficient combination of required space and cost.

“We are very much looking forward to moving into our new home this month, and are positive our new site and the support of Newburgh Precision will enable us to deliver the initial pre-production components and assemblies by the end of this year.”

Newburgh will also help the development of the business by putting 10 Proving Factory apprentices currently training at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in Catcliffe, through its own award-winning apprentice training programme. They will then join the business to continue their learning to NVQ level 3 and beyond.