Meech expands Oxford facility, adds workforce globally

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Meech headquarters in Witney, Oxfordshire

Meech International has expanded globally throughout the year 2016, with added capacity and workforce in multiple locations. 

In a statement on 23 February, the UK-based manufacturer of static control units said 2016 saw a “healthy rise” in sales and displayed positive performance across all its regions. 

“It is our sustained investment in R&D, personnel and facilities that enables us to introduce new products to the market while also providing the high level of service our clients have come to expect from the Meech brand,” said Chris Francis, CEO at Meech International. 

In the first quarter of the 2016 financial year saw Meech’s facilities in Oxfordshire went through “significant restructuring” to accommodate separate build areas for its AC and DC static control systems, the company said on 23 February. 

This, said Meech, is aimed at increasing production capability, as well as improving process flow and productivity. The company also increased work stations at the site by 66% as part of its drive to increase capacity. It did not provide figures on the size of investment. 

Meech CEO Chris Francis

Furthermore, the Oxfordshire-based company said that it was investing in its in-house engineering and R&D capabilities, with “newly created roles in the engineering team”. These include project design engineer, research and development engineer and assistant project engineer. 

Meech said it increased global sales by over 25% throughout the 2016 fiscal year, although the company did not provide figures. 

According to the Francis, Meech expects growth to continue into 2017.

“Our aim is to double our sales in the next five years and, to achieve this, we need to ensure we have the right people, technologies and facilities to meet the challenge,” he added. 

In order to achieve the sales target, Meech has made a number of appointments in its offices in the UK, US, China and Belgium.

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