New £5m technology centre will test ‘most complex ropes ever made’

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ROPE manufacturer Bridon International has opened a £5m technical facility at its Balby Carr Bank site in Doncaster.

The Doncaster-headquartered firm said that its Bridon Technology Centre (BTC), which is due 
to be officially opened by 
Doncaster Central MP Rosie Winterton today, will design and test some of the largest ropes in the world.

The centre is set to create five new skilled positions, and support the work of Bridon’s global production capability, including the Doncaster Wire Mill, where the company recently invested another £5m in hi-tech equipment upgrades.

Bridon chief executive Jon Templeman said: “BTC will be a hi-tech hub for next generation rope development, where the finest minds in rope technology use sophisticated testing equipment to validate the designs of the largest and most complex ropes ever made.

“This state-of-the art facility will enable us to develop and test ropes that perform at the highest levels in the harshest conditions on earth, and to collaborate with our customers on tailored solutions to the toughest challenges they face.”

The launch of the Bridon Technology Centre follows the recent opening of the firm’s Bridon Neptune Quay manufacturing facility.

Mr Templeman said: “Following the launch of BTC and Bridon Neptune Quay, Bridon now operates the world’s most advanced rope development, manufacturing and testing facilities – giving us both the brains and the brawn required of a global technology leader.”

Ms Winterton said: “This state-of-the-art facility will help establish Doncaster as a centre of excellence for hi-tech manufacturing. It will also create a number of skilled jobs and encourage international companies to bring their business to our area.”

Bridon, which recorded a turn-over of £260m in 2011, was originally formed in 1924 from an amalgamation of wire rope producers, the earliest of which date back to the late 18th century.

Bridon was acquired by Melrose, a specialist manufacturing investor listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2008. The total number of Bridon employees within the UK stands at 700, with around 1,700 employed globally.