The company opened a dedicated European facility for the assembly of its market-leading multihead weighers and checkweighers in Woodgate, Birmingham in September 1997. Since then Uk staff numbers have increased from around 40 to over 400 and production has more than quadrupled. Today the range of products manufactured for the Emea market also includes filling / distribution systems, graders, tray sealers, pick & place robots, seal testers and the recentlylaunched award-winning AirScan leak detector.In addition, as Ishida has further expanded its offering over the years to include the design of complete packing lines for a variety of fresh food applications, the Woodgate factory is also involved in the supply of infrastructure equipment such as gantries and conveyors for complete turnkey factory installations.
«The 20 year milestone is a significant one for Ishida Uk manufacturing which has allowed us to take stock of just how far we have come in a relatively short time », comments John Priest, Ishida Europe’s Operations Director. «We have a fantastic workforce committed to achieving the highest standards and delivering the highest quality machines.
Proof of this has come with a recent order from a major multinational customer which specified all equipment be produced at our Woodgate factory. This resulted in machines being delivered to all parts of the world, which even included the supply of multihead weighers from the UK back to Japan».
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