Princess Anne to open new robot facility

Posted on 10 Oct 2017 and read 259 times
Princess Anne to open new robot facilityStokesley-based Labman (, a robotics and automation specialist, is to receive a royal visit on 10 October after tripling the size of its facility to meet growing demand.

Princess Anne will be visiting the company on 10 October, to officially open its new 20,000ft2 extension.

John Hesford, spokesman for Labman, said the company has started to attract significant orders from America — and also China, where a big automation and robotics market is beginning to emerge.

Recent orders include one from a company based in China, for a machine that will take the contents of one million vials and transplant them into smaller vials — Labman invented a unique robot to do the job.

Engineers and designers are frequently called on to take a creative approach to engineering, so the factory extension is designed to encourage innovative thinking.

As well as housing a large machine shop, it features a squash court (to complement the company’s existing go-karting track, pool tables and full-size climbing wall).

Ian Riley, Labman’s technical director, said: “People are encouraged to think ambitiously and ‘outside the box’ here. We’re pushing boundaries in what we build, so we ensure that working at the company is never boring.”

Managing director Andrew Whitwell said: “Labman’s greatest asset is its people; we continually need more amazing engineers — both male and female — to continue to create cutting-edge systems.

“We are thrilled that HRH Princess Anne, who has been so supportive of engineering and gender equality in the sector, has agreed to open our new factory; it will be a great day.”

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