Royal seal of approval for Sandvik

The doors of Swedish global industrial group Sandvik’s medical device manufacturing and medical materials Centre of Excellence at Beighton Business Park are to be opened todayby the Countess of Wessex

Arnfinn Fredricksson, head of the medical product area at Sandvik, said: “We are delighted Her Royal Highness has done us the honour of formally opening our new facility. Each of our employees has worked incredibly hard to transition to this new site whilst maintaining continuity of supply in a period of increasing demand and we are extremely grateful for their efforts. The visit of HRH Countess of Wessex is a wonderful opportunity to recognize and celebrate their contribution.”

Representing an investment of approximately £2.5m, the centre underlines Sandvik’s commitment to Sheffield and South Yorkshire as well as the medical device market globally.

“This region is ideal because it has an established medical engineering community, excellent support from local agencies and access to talented engineering graduates through the local colleges and universities,” said Mr Fredricksson. “It is our aim to become the employer of choice for the brightest individuals in the area, who have a real thirst to further themselves and help keep us at the forefront of our industry.”

The centre combines Sandvik’s materials expertise and cutting edge production processes and manufacturing techniques with state-of-the-art finish processing facilities. It provides a ‘strategic hub’ to the company’s customers, medical device manufacturers, acting as a gateway to Sandvik’s global network of research and development facilities. It has also aided the development of a strong presence in Asia through those attracted to the expertise gathered at the site.

Sandvik has designed flexibility into the 8400 sq meter (90,000 sq ft) workshop, using wireless technology to create a ‘plug and play’ infrastructure. Customers may need new cells or manufacturing processes to be set up quickly, requiring the relocation of people and machinery. This modern infrastructure means the working environment can be altered in a fraction of the time it takes in a traditional facility. The result is customers get what they want more quickly while Sandvik is able to make sure its operations remain lean and efficient.