Royal appointment for growing South Yorkshire firms

The Countess of Wessex meets the staff from Freshlook Furniture, one of the Matrix business centre's tenants
The Countess of Wessex meets the staff from Freshlook Furniture, one of the Matrix business centre's tenants
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There was a royal appointment for Sandvik’s South Yorkshire-based Centre of Excellence and a new business centre in Rotherham when the Countess of Wessex visited the region.

There was a royal appointment for Sandvik’s South Yorkshire-based Centre of Excellence and a new business centre in Rotherham when the Countess of Wessex visited the region.

The Countess officially opened Swedish global industrial group Sandvik’s South Yorkshire-based Centre of Excellence for medical materials and manufacturing state-of-the-art medical devices and Matrix @ Dinnington, the latest of the four purpose-built centres created by Rotherham Council and operated by its regeneration arm, Rotherham Investment & Development Office.

Sandvik’s £2.5 million Beighton Business Park development is designed to combine expertise with materials with cutting edge production processes, manufacturing techniques and finishing facilities.

Wireless technology has been employed to turn the 90,000 sq ft factory into a ‘plug and play’ facility, where new manufacturing cells and processes can be set up to make new products for customers in a fraction of the time it would take in a conventional plant.

The development also incorporates the latest in environmentally-friendly technology, which helps Sandvik tro ensure its operations remain lean and efficient.

Rotherham’s new Dinnington centre can accommodate up to 41 companies in purpose-built office and workshops, bringing the number of businesses the council can house at its centres to more than 200. The Countess met a number of companies at the centre, including Freshlook Furniture, Benditnow, Castus, 3G Controls and AVA Training.