Harwin Portsmouth facilityHarwin broke ground on a major new extension at its Portsmouth, UK, headquarters and manufacturing center. The new building will increase floor space by 33%, which will be dedicated to increased automation and R&D facilities.

It is part of the company’s philosophy to keep all key manufacturing processes – stamping, plating, molding, turning, assembly, and tool-making – in house in order to ensure quality and support new product innovation, and the company implements a strict policy of replacing its plant and equipment on a five-year cycle.The existing facility is close to capacity, hence the £2 million investment in new buildings and equipment.

Already, Harwin has taken possession of two Tornos Nano sliding head turning centers, which will increase manufacturing output and reduce waste. The new construction should be complete and in use by March 2016.