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KPM boosts the business

A £6 million scheme to extend factory facilities for Kawasaki Precision Machinery Group (KPM) has been viewed as a significant investment in both production and the economy.

The 52-week project for KPM has seen its existing Ernsettle Lane site expanded by up to 40%, with a complete office fit-out and the installation of a new canteen included. A number of external works round out the project, including the rerouting of existing roads and some landscaping.

Discussing the benefits of the new extension at the facility, Deputy Managing Director, Mr Cardew, said:

“This increase adds between 75 to 100 jobs to the 300 permanent employees currently working on the Plymouth site. KPM UK embarked on this project in order to expand its facilities in Plymouth despite the continuing economic uncertainty that exists globally, as the KPM Group is confident that demand for their hydraulic products will continue to increase in the medium to long term.”

The important project was initiated in summer 2012 after KPM received a Euro grant which is designed to help boost employment opportunities by supporting businesses. Midas Construction was awarded the contract as principle contractor in 2012.

Work began on the project on Friday 20th July 2012 with a ground breaking ceremony spearheaded by KPM Japanese President Mackie Sonoda. Mr Sonoda was joined by a small number of stakeholders, along with Midas Divisional Director Mike O’Neil and Commercial Director Andy Houston.

Commenting on the project for KPM, Midas Divisional Director, Mike O’Neil, said:

“It was a challenging contract on a timescale where we have had to ensure that the existing operation remained unaffected by our work. We were really pleased that KPM opted for a local contractor for this significant project.

“We are particularly delighted to be associated with a project that culminates in creating up to 100 new sustainable jobs in addition to those we generated on-site and through the supply chain during the contract period.”

KPM (UK) Ltd is the manufacturing, sales and marketing specialist that provides services to Europe, India, Africa, Australia and the Middle East. KPM’s Ernsettle site was set up in 1994 and produces a wide range of pumps and motors for the construction and European marine industrial markets.

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