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16 October, 2017 - 10:19 By Kate Sweeney

Ion Science to drive global growth from new £4.5m HQ

Fowlmere Ion Science

Ion Science Limited, which manufactures gas detection instrumentation and sensors for global occupational health and environmental monitoring applications, has completed a move into a new state-of-the-art £4.5 million, 1500m² facility.

Located in the village of Fowlmere in Cambridgeshire, the flexible new plant has been purpose-built to meet current and short-term needs and reflects the ongoing ambitions of the business, which continues to achieve 30 per cent year-on-year growth.

Featuring a technologically advanced yet sympathetic design, which provides the effect of a cluster of smaller, low level agricultural type buildings, the facility has been specially constructed to achieve the highest possible hygiene, quality and environmental standards.

Duncan Johns, managing director at Ion Science comments: “Ion Science is excited to declare our new facility open and fully operational. This is a massive milestone in the company’s 27-year history and we’re looking forward to having the administration, sales and production capacity to achieve further expansion in both new and previously untapped markets and territories.

“We like to play hard as well as work hard at Ion Science so the building has been designed to offer a fantastic working environment with well-equipped break-out spaces, lovely landscaped gardens and other outside recreational areas for staff and visitors to enjoy.

“The future for Ion Science and its staff, distributor network and offices in the US, France and Italy looks extremely bright. With the new facility, we’re now ideally positioned to focus on further expanding our presence in global occupational health and environmental monitoring applications.”

As well as investment in the building itself, Ion Science has installed cutting-edge production equipment including a Weiss Technik floor-standing temperature and climatic control chamber to ensure the ongoing quality and safety of its handheld and fixed photoionisation detectors. 

And to facilitate the in-house production of printed circuit boards (PCB), Ion Science has also installed an advanced iineo Europlacer SMT pick and place complete production line system. 

The company says this offers a high level of flexibility and feeder count and is widely configurable without the need to compromise on placement speed or component capability; the system delivers complete manufactured items without human intervention.

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