IMI Truflo Marine – a world-leading manufacturer of critical flow control solutions – has today revealed plans to create a multi-million-pound centre of engineering excellence in the West Midlands.
A state-of-the-art manufacturing and design facility will be developed at Birmingham’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub (AMH) in a deal with Barberry Industrial.
IMI Truflo Marine will relocate to the Witton manufacturing hub from its existing facility nearby. It has agreed a 15-year lease on the new headquarters. The move not only safeguards the jobs of its existing skilled workforce but creates new employment opportunities.
IMI Truflo Marine is part of IMI Critical Engineering – a world-leading provider of critical flow control solutions that enable vital energy and process industries to operate safely, cleanly, reliably and more efficiently.
Managing director Steve Robins said: “This new facility is a major commitment to the sector and will provide a world class capability for our global customers. It will also greatly enhance the work environment and experience for our employees. It was important to us that we found a solution that was right for the business but also our employees who are critical to our growth plans.
“We are very pleased with the location and have huge confidence in Barberry and their ability to deliver. We have a long history in the region and we look forward to building on that history in this new and exciting facility.”
Barberry Industrial, a West Midlands-based property investor and developer, has been selected to purchase the site from Birmingham City Council and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to deliver a 57,000 sq ft state-of-the-art headquarters building.
IMI has a long and successful history having been founded in the city and the skills and talents of local people has helped the company develop and grow into a global business employing circa 11,000 people. IMI Truflo Marine was keen to cement its future here in Birmingham’s manufacturing hub and we’re delighted to have concluded a deal which will allow us to create a global centre of engineering excellence on our Grade A site located off Junction 6 of the M6.
An application for detailed planning consent has been approved by Birmingham City Council. Construction could start on site before the end of the year, with practical completion expected in Q3 2021.
Councillor Ian Ward, leader of Birmingham City Council, commented: “IMI is a Birmingham institution, so we’re absolutely delighted to welcome the company to the Advanced Manufacturing Hub. This investment is a significant vote of confidence in Birmingham’s economic recovery and means jobs and investment at a time when they are sorely needed.
“The Advanced Manufacturing Hub continues to be a huge success story, with major occupiers already creating over 1,500 jobs and now, together with IMI and Barberry, we’re building on that success.”
As part of IMI plc, IMI Critical Engineering operates a global service network, with manufacturing facilities in 16 countries. It employs over 3,000 talented professionals across a range of disciplines. These include over 300 engineers, 150 project managers and over 200 dedicated aftermarket specialists – all committed to providing excellent service to our customers.
About IMI Truflo Marine:
IMI Truflo Marine, part of IMI Critical Engineering, lead the world in the design, manufacture, supply and through-life support of high integrity valves, actuators and pressure regulators and manifolds. IMI Critical Engineering deliver breakthrough engineering solutions for customers tackling the world’s most demanding engineering challenges.