IE_Flakt_Woods.pdf - Invest Essex
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IE_Flakt_Woods.pdf - Invest Essex

Fläkt Woodscase studyenvironmental technology sectorINVEST Essex case studies highlighting Essex companies who are leaders in their fieldsThe company relocated toa new headquarters andmanufacturing facilities inColchester. That representsa huge Group investmentand commitment to theUK operation.Paul Wenden,Engineering & ProductManagement Director

Fläkt Woodsbringing air to lifeFläkt Woods, based at Colchester in Essex, wasformed through a merger with the previously GECowned Woods, and the Fläkt air handling businessowned by ABB. The company provides energy-efficientindoor air climate products and solutions to supplypeople with fresh, clean and comfortable air innon-residential buildings. It also designs andmanufactures air movement products and servicesfor industry, including fans for cooling systems, andsolutions for increasing the efficiency, environmentalperformance and safe operation of equipment andprocesses. More than 50% of Fläkt Woods sales areinternational and the company has twice receivedthe Queen’s Award for Export in recognition ofits achievements.Following the merger of Woods with Fläkt in 2002,its Colchester base became a centre of excellenceresponsible for the design, development,manufacture and support of all products in itsarea of specialism.We recognise the benefit of access to local specialistskills so we maintain strong links with local schoolsand colleges to maintain the development ofengineering knowledge.for both logistics and recruitment. “We’re a majorexporter,” says Paul Wenden.“We make extensive use of ports such asHarwich to distribute our products toEurope, the Middle East and the Far East.We also import a significant number ofother group products for distributionthroughout the UK via the motorwaynetwork. Customer support is an integralpart of our business, so London StanstedAirport is important for our service,sales and engineering teams who arevisiting customers overseas.”One of the company’s biggest competitiveadvantages is the quality and experience of itspeople. “Fläkt Woods has many long-termemployees and a number of former employees haveset up complementary businesses in the area,making the Colchester area ideal in terms ofrelevant expertise for air movement products,”says Paul Wenden. “We recognise the benefit ofaccess to local specialist skills so we maintain stronglinks with local schools and colleges to maintain thedevelopment of engineering knowledge.”This local depth of skills enables the company tolook to the future with confidence. “We have investedheavily in a new research and development facilityto enable us to maintain and develop our innovativerange of products and solutions,” says Paul Wenden.“Fläkt Woods is building on a tradition of specialistengineering skills in Essex and is well placed tosucceed in global markets.”Paul Wenden,Engineering & Product Management Director“The company relocated to a new headquartersand manufacturing facilities in Colchester,” saysPaul Wenden, Engineering & Product ManagementDirector. “That represents a huge Group investmentand commitment to the UK operation.”The company has been based in Colchester for 100years and recognises the importance of its locationINVEST Essex provides confidential advice and practical support to companies wanting to establish a presenceor expand in the UK. We promote Essex as an outstanding business destination and help existing and potentialinvestors make the most of our strategic location, thriving business environment, and quality of life.Tel: 01245 702480 Email: in EssexGrown in EssexInvented in EssexHelped in Essex

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