Husky U.K., the British subsidiary of Canada's Husky Injection Molding Systems, is investing $6 million to build a new technical center in England.
The center will be near Coventry, in the English Midlands, and should be complete by the end of June. Designed to give customers greater access to Husky equipment and know-how, the center is part of the firm's recently unveiled five-year development plan to spend $185 million on new facilities in Europe.
The United Kingdom center will feature a machine hall for presses with as much as 2,000 tons of clamping force, mold-trial and systems-integration facilities, a formal training center and a service support group. It will have a hot-runner lab for materials testing and a conference facility.
The British unit will be easy to access. Husky is developing a 4-acre site it acquired close to Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre, with rail and air terminals, and near two key roadways.
``The location is ideal. It can be reached from all parts of the county. Moreover, Coventry Airport is the largest freight airport in the [United Kingdom], enabling us to respond quickly to customers' requests for spare parts and support products,'' said Steve Jacques, Husky U.K. general manager.
He said the building, designed around a 30-ton crane, represents what Husky considers a model injection molding plant. The facility should provide wider customer services, develop close contact with mold makers and extend the services of Husky's Factory Planning Group into Britain.
Husky's nine local technical salespeople and seven customer service representatives guarantee spare-part delivery in 24 hours and daily shipments from the firm's Luxembourg distribution hub.
Husky has tech centers in Luxembourg, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Yokohama, Japan. A new center is under construction in Brazil.