Tuesday, March 17, 2015

News: Work underway on Nikken's world-class Rotherham facility

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A new research & development, training and showroom facility in Rotherham, showcasing the tools, machinery and products manufactured by Nikken, is set to be completed in July 2015.

With European headquarters on the Barbot Hall Industrial Estate and a technical office and demonstration / testing facility already at the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham, Nikken enjoys a global dominance of the rotary table technology market and supply manufacturers operating in the aerospace, defence, motorsport, automotive and medical sectors.

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Part of Harworth Estates' R-evolution development, the building is to be a showpiece element for the company, which is investing £3.6m, and will compliment the existing buildings on the AMP. It has been designed by Sheffield's Bond Bryan architects and Esh Build began construction last month. Hobson Hague Consultancy and Evolve 2 Consult are consultants on the project, which is set to complete by July 2015 and will create up to ten new jobs.

Tony Bowkett, group managing director of Nikken Kosakusho Europe, said: "We are building a world-class facility that will serve as a hub for our operations across Europe. We chose to partner with Esh Build for this project because of their commitment to quality and the local community, both qualities that are key to our business."

Andy Gawthorpe, regional managing director (Yorkshire) at Esh Construction, added: "This is a prestigious project, for a world- class company, on one of South Yorkshire's key regeneration sites. The complexity and timescale of the project underlines the depth of capabilities we offer in the region."

The building's layout is proposed in two phases to suit Nikken's business plan for future expansion. The phases have been developed for the companies' growth, with phase two proposed within eight years. Nikken has acquired the land and is funding the development itself.

The facility is set to include a curved glazed fa├žade and a double height reception area where visitors will be able to see directly through into the showroom area. Other areas include office space and training rooms.

Nikken Kosakusho Europe is a subsidiary of Nikken Works Limited Japan and its Rotherham headquarters opened in 1999.

The R-evolution development has been an immediate success with Maher, a supplier of high-performance alloys taking Unit 1 and X-Cel Superturn, a global manufacturer of machined components, expanding into a third plot. A remaining spec-built plot owned by Rotherham Council is under offer.

Nikken Kosakusho Europe website

Images: Bond Bryan

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