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27 June, 2011 - 10:57 By News Desk

Elektron unveils tech and R & D centre in Cambridge

Owen Kivlin, group head of technology for Elektron

Elektron plc, a global provider of engineered solutions, is recruiting in Cambridge after unveiling plans to open a new technology and R & D Centre at the University’s Broers Building.

Seven people will be relocating from exiting locations initially but the new centre has capacity for 42 so Elektron could be recruiting up to 35 people in the local area over the next couple of years. A number of jobs at all levels will be advertised shortly.

All new product development activity and R & D functions will be carried out from this facility, which will also house the Elektron PLC headquarters as it switches the flagship from Essex.

“The move to Cambridge marks an important stage in the evolution of Elektron PLC and is an exciting time for everyone involved,” said Owen Kivlin, group head of technology for Elektron.

“There are diverse, established brands within Elektron PLC, all of which have earned a reputation as innovative market leaders in their respective industries.

“Basing our core R & D function and new product development activity under one roof ensures Elektron PLC will continue to deliver this level of innovation and will bring about new synergies and benefits for the brands within the group as well as our customers.”

The Broers Building was made available by the University of Cambridge for organisations engaged in the field of commercial research and development.

Elektron activities based there will include the components brands Arcolectric, Bulgin and Sifam, the instrumentation brands Agar Scientific, Digitron, Tinsley Ophthalmic, Tinsley Precision, Wallace, Sheen, ASL, Qados and Queensgate as well as Carnation Design and the hard metal brands, Total Carbide and Titman Tools.

Elektron chose the University of Cambridge campus location to ensure it was well positioned to take full advantage of the area’s rich heritage as the UK’s technology core as well as the pool of engineering talent in the area.

• Photograph shows: Owen Kivlin, group head of technology for Elektron

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