Global success for Saab Seaeye has led the company to expand its production capacity by 50 % with the opening of a new 24,000 sq ft factory in Fareham, Hampshire, UK.
The new facility was officially opened on Friday November 14th 2008 by Mark Hoban MP and Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury.
Managing director Dave Grant, says the greater engineering, technical and production capability will help meet the growing demand for the company’s range of underwater vehicles.
Also speaking at the event was Lars Tossman, Chairman of Saab Seaeye and President of Saab Underwater Systems, who saw the moment as marking a significant step in the continued success of the company.
Staff and invited guests joined in the celebrations during which the founders of Seaeye, Ian and Janet Blamire, were presented with a silver salver by Sales Director, Matt Bates.
The guests, including visitors from overseas, were given a tour of the new facilities by Dave Grant.
They saw how custom-built facilities have been integrated into the new building, including production cells and dedicated test areas.
This comprises ample on-site space for customer-ready control containers and launch and recovery systems linked into the factory for final ROV integration.
The move has significantly improved production efficiency by bringing together three different sites under one roof.
A dedicated training facility is also located at the factory. It will enhance the existing training package for operators from across the world and offer technical training in the operation and maintenance of Saab Seaeye’s complete range of portable and workclass vehicles.
This expansion programme comes as sales success sees the company extend its lead in the electric ROV market world-wide with sales coming not only from the booming oil and gas industry, but from the company’s success in the areas of defence, marine science and civil engineering.
The new company facility is still based in Fareham and is set close to the main communication links for international travellers.
For more information contact:
Saab Seaeye Ltd.
+44 (0)1489 898000