Forty new jobs are being created at a leading engineering company following the announcement of a £3m investment.
Manufacturer Prima Dental is investing the money in additional production space at its UK base in Quedgeley in Gloucester as part of its planned expansion programme after a record year in 2016.
The jobs are expected to be created over the next three years as the maker of precision dental instruments builds a new 21,000 sq ft building close to its existing base at Waterwells Business.
Total staff numbers will rise from 210 to 250 and the firm is starting a recruitment drive to fill a range of roles including production engineers, machine operators and technicians.
Richard Muller (Pictured below, left), group managing director at Prima Dental, said: “We are operating at full capacity across our existing plant at Waterwells so this additional site will increase the size of our plant by nearly 60 per cent.
“This investment will see us expanding our workforce and it will create 40 new jobs over the next three years. We are starting the recruitment process to fill these new roles and we are seeking new staff to join us as soon as possible.”
As well as increasing manufacturing capacity the new building will accommodate Prima’s new Research and Innovation Centre, set up to spearhead product development and advanced dental engineering.
The new centre will include R&D space, product testing areas, product show rooms and education facilities.
“The launch of our new Research and Innovation Centre is an exciting development for us. The dental sector is continuously evolving, driven by digital technologies, changing manufacturing methods and raw materials,” said Mr Muller.
“There is increased demand for more complex product and our investment in this new facility will help us remain at the forefront of dental engineering.”
Construction has started on the new site and if all goes to plan the new building should be fully fitted out and operational by late autumn of 2017.
Prima Dental lays claim to be the world’s fastest growing carbide bur (dental drill) manufacturer, exporting 30 million units per year to 90 countries.
Within the past three years the company has launched a sales and distribution channel in India and created a joint venture company in Brazil, becoming the first manufacturer of dental burs in South America.
“2016 was a record year for us in terms of production and sales and we’re very encouraged by two major contract wins in the USA and Japan at the beginning of this year. The outlook looks very strong and our new production facility will help us achieve significant planned growth in our new and developing markets,” added Mr Muller.