IMI Truflo Marine
– a world-leading manufacturer of critical flow control solutions – has revealed plans to create a multi-million-pound centre of engineering excellence in the West Midlands.
A ‘state of the art’ manufacturing and design facility will be developed at Birmingham's Advanced Manufacturing Hub (AMH) in a deal with Barberry Industrial. IMI Truflo Marine will relocate to the AMH from its existing facility nearby. It has agreed a 15-year lease on the new headquarters which will safeguard existing jobs and create new employment opportunities.
IMI Truflo Marine is part of I MI Critical Engineering - a world-leading provider of critical flow control solutions that enable vital energy and process industries to operate safely, cleanly, reliably and more efficiently.
Managing director Steve Robins said: "This new facility is a major commitment to the sector and will provide a world class capability for our global customers. It will also greatly enhance the work environment and experience for our employees. It was important to us that we found a solution that was right for the business but also our employees who are critical to our growth plans.
“We are very pleased with the location and have huge confidence in Barberry and their ability to deliver. We have a long history in the region and we look forward to building on that history in this new and exciting facility.”
Barberry Industrial, a West Midlands-based property investor and developer, has been selected to purchase the site from Birmingham City Council and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to deliver a 57,000ft2
‘state of the art’ headquarters building.
IMI has a long and successful history having been founded in the city and the skills and talents of local people has helped the company develop and grow into a global business employing circa 11,000 people.
An application for detailed planning consent has been approved by Birmingham City Council. Construction could start on site before the end of the year, with practical completion expected in Q3 2021.
Councillor Ian Ward, leader of Birmingham City Council, said: "IMI is a Birmingham institution, so we are absolutely delighted to welcome the company to the AMH. This investment is a significant vote of confidence in Birmingham's economic recovery and means jobs and investment at a time when they are sorely needed.
"The Advanced Manufacturing Hub continues to be a huge success story, with major occupiers already creating over 1,500 jobs and now, together with IMI and Barberry, we are building on that success."
As part of IMI plc, IMI Critical Engineering operates a global service network, with manufacturing facilities in 16 countries. It employs over 3,000 people across a range of disciplines, includingover 300 engineers, 150 project managers and over 200 dedicated aftermarket specialists.