In September 2021, Feritech will open its state of the art manufacturing facility on a 3 acre site just outside Falmouth. The company believes that this represents a valuable opportunity for Cornwall to establish itself as a regional centre for advanced manufacturing.
Feritech is a major player in marine technology and is now expanding into new tech markets, including aerospace and telecoms. Over 90% of the company’s products and services are exported, with clients in more than 40 different countries. Managing Director, Rob Ferris, explains their philosophy:
“This will be a brand new facility here in Cornwall for design and build of advanced manufacturing solutions for any market sector. We want to work in collaboration with a wide range of tech businesses in Cornwall, helping turn their innovative, market-leading ideas into reality.
“The new multimillion pound facility offers everything from fabrication and machining to electronics and embedded software development. This will be the largest facility of its kind in the South West and one of the largest in the UK, with design and manufacturing services provided on one site.
“We are looking forward to establishing a reputation as a design and manufacturing hub for innovative local businesses of all kinds, including start-ups and new product developers. We expect this will be a catalyst for new growth in high tech manufacturing in Cornwall, so that we can retain much more of this high value business within our local area.”
Rob continues: “The new facility will handle fabricated parts from a few grams up to 20 tons. Feritech’s design, electrical, electronic and hydraulic capabilities will also be expanded in line with the increased subcontract projects that we expect to fulfil.
“Software will be a vital component of our offer. Embedded software is an area where Feritech has already broken new ground. For example, we have created the Feritech HUB, a software solution which allows the user to seamlessly operate and control the entire range of Feritech equipment from a single device. With the pieces of equipment being able to communicate with each other through the HUB, survey efficiency and safety is vastly improved.
“Research and development within the offshore renewable energy sector will remain a primary operation of the company and this facility will allow Feritech to undertake new challenges within this sector such as floating offshore wind, providing solutions for customers quickly, while also tightly controlling the quality of the process from start to finish – and all under one roof.”
Feritech are recruiting new staff for the facility, including software specialists. They are currently seeking an experienced Embedded Software and Electronics Engineer, details of which can be seen on the Software Cornwall job page, at this link: