SPI Lasers (Southampton, England), which manufactures industrial fiber lasers, celebrated a grand-opening ceremony for its new UK manufacturing facility. Completed in only six months, the new building increases manufacturing space by approximately 40,000 sq. ft. and its overall site footprint to over 100,000 sq. ft.
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Christian Schmitz, CEO of laser technology for Trumpf (Ditzingen, Germany), SPI Lasers' parent company, led the ceremony. SPI Lasers staff from across the UK as well as representatives from Trumpf, Southampton University's Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC), and Eastleigh Borough Council were in attendance.
In addition to the expanded production facility, the company's new site will also include a new mezzanine floor to accommodate new offices, product development and training areas, meeting rooms, and a staff canteen.
The first lasers are expected out of the new facility in August 2018, with productivity continuing to ramp up over the course of the next year.
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