Draeger Safety invests for growth

Blyth300Draeger Safety UK, which specialises in safety equipment and training for the chemical sector, has announced the completion of a multi-million pound investment in operatoons at its Blyth-based plant in the North East.

Draeger, which recently won an IMechE manufacturing excellence award and employs 400 people in the UK, said the investment included a £1.3m refurbishment of the manufacturing plant, and £500k in new robotic equipment and warehouse management systems.

Work at the plant included a complete electrical rewire with upgraded lighting, replacement and upgraded heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, reformatted workspaces, fully redecorated and upgraded internal floor, wall and ceiling finishes, external wall cladding and a new roof covering on one of the buildings.

Head of Operations, Malcolm Irving said the refurbishment would ensure that Dräger continued to develop and manufacture safety solutions as well as meeting and exceeding current compliance regulations.

He added: “The company has also purchased new robotics equipment which will support the manufacture of compressed air breathing cylinders, which are used in a range of industry sectors and specifically in applications where normal breathing becomes difficult or impossible”.

In the manufacturing area, three new production cells will reduce the direct cost of composite cylinder production, lower the environmental impact of the cylinder production process and improve the working conditions for cylinder production operators as well as reducing health risks.

Picture: Kevin Brien, Manufacturing Manager and Malcolm Irving, Head of Operations Region Europe, with the new robotics at the Blyth plant.

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About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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