A new purpose-built 5,550m² manufacturing facility at Claylands in Paignton is complete and ready to be used by a local multinational manufacturing company.

Castings Support Systems (CSS) Group will take on the building to support their growing business and use specialist machinery to manufacture products for pharmaceutical distribution and aerospace industries. Relocating to the new manufacturing facility will enable the group to continue to grow while remaining in Torbay.

Councillor Swithin Long, Torbay Council Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration, Tourism and Housing, said: “This outstanding project provides vital employment space for a thriving local business. Investment by Torbay Council and the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership has enabled CCS Group to relocate within Torbay rather than elsewhere. The project supports local growth, which will create new jobs and boost the local economy.”

Councillor Darren Cowell, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, said: “We expect that Claylands Business Park will provide a significant boost to the economy. We are very pleased to be able to bring this site forward and respond to interest from CSS. This type of active development is to help meet the shortage of suitable premises which has held back Torbay’s economy in recent years.”

From this facility, CSS will expand its market share globally. The CSS Group are official tier one suppliers to Rolls Royce Gas Turbines and other World-renowned companies. CSS provide complex tooling, technical mouldings and composite components, for mechanical handling systems and many engineering sectors including aerospace and defence. The Group continues to explore opportunities in emerging technologies to position themselves in new markets and accommodate future growth.

Ted Head, Chairman of CSS Group, said: “For a number of years we have been exploring options to meet the needs of our growing companies which currently occupy two company owned facilities with a combined floor space of 3,000 square metres. The construction of this new state of the art manufacturing facility provides us with an opportunity to continue with our exceptional growth and to deliver innovative products and solutions for our UK and international clients. Currently, we deliver to 25 countries worldwide and we foresee continued growth from our European and other overseas partners for our products and technical services. We will be proud to show our new facility to any potential customer or partner from anywhere in the world and to showcase the bay at the same time.”

The development is funded by £2M of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership’s Unlocking Growth Funding and an £8M investment in the site by Torbay Council.

Karl Tucker, Chair of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “It was great to visit the site first hand recently and see the fantastic new facility. The completion of this project is great news for Torbay and will benefit so many growing businesses in the area. This new facility, which has been supported with £2m from the HotSW LEP’s Unlocking Growth Funding, will provide 5,000m² of employment space, enabling a growing manufacturing company to relocate to a larger space and helping to support local growth, create new jobs and boost the local economy.”

The project has been delivered by TDA and Midas Construction.

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