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CTG has completed the construction and fit out of a state-of-the-art Composite Centre of Excellence facility in Banbury, Oxfordshire, UK.
The facility is 137,000 sq. ft. and, according to CTG, its construction was approached with an environmental and sustainable focus. The centre will unite CTG’s six current sites into one location and give CTG an overall footprint increase of more than 90 percent. CTG hopes the move will enable them to manufacture volume quantities more effectively of advanced composite products and systems used across a range of high technology industries. Employees have started moving in, and the facility will be fully operational by June 2013.
CTG says the amenities will include dedicated production lines, a technical library, high-tech smart boards, a gymnasium and flexible meeting spaces. The facility has been designed using CTG’s parent company, UTC Aerospace Systems’ (UTC) Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) lean principles which focus on material flow and flexibility. Layout of the production area has been planned using value stream envelopes and CTG statistics state this has enabled wasted space to be lowered by more than 30 percent and linkage and flow improvement to increase by 50 percent in comparison to the old sites.
Dominic Cartwright, General Manager said, “CTG’s Composite Centre of Excellence is a truly incredible facility and we are delighted with the outcome which will benefit our customers, employees, and the wider UTC organisation. It will ensure our operations are more streamlined and efficient, while sustaining the current innovative and agile environment. The facility ensures we stand out from our competitors as a leader in composite product technology now and in the future.”
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