British manufacturing has received a boost following more than £2m in investment by fan manufacturer Torin-Sifan at its new centre in Swindon. Julian Milnes reports
Fan technology company Torin-Sifan has grand plans for its EC fan business, following a succession of developments, least of all the investment of more than £2m in its British-based manufacturing plant.
The company claims the EC Manufacturing and Technology Centre, based in Swindon, is set to become a centre of excellence for the production of highly efficient EC motor, fan and blower products.
According to Torin-Sifan, the new building will enable an expansion programme focused on delivering energy-efficient, quiet and controllable air movement solutions for clients all over the world and has created 25 new jobs.
The announcement comes as the company celebrates 50 years of British manufacturing, together with a successful application to join the membership of the European Ventilation Industry Association (EVIA ).
Justin Tomlinson, MP for North Swindon, and the mayor of Swindon, councillor Teresa Page, officially opened the building by cutting the ribbon at Torin-Sifan’s ‘Investing in British Manufacturing’ launch event.
The 25,000 sq ft facility houses purpose-designed production lines, a sales and marketing suite, and staff welfare area. Torin-Sifan’s expansion with the opening of the EC Manufacturing and Technology Centre follows five decades of manufacturing in Swindon, with the new facility enabling the company to increase EC production by more than 20 per cent, while continuing with the manufacture of its traditional product ranges at its existing Greenbridge HQ.
Neil Sproston, managing director of Torin-Sifan, said: “We are delighted to open a world-class manufacturing centre here in Swindon. This expansion of our manufacturing capabilities means we are even better able to offer our global customer base cutting-edge air movement technology and improved facilities that will benefit both customers and staff.
To be able to manufacture successfully in the UK is testament to the quality of our products and to the skills base here.”
Manufacturing of the company’s traditional AC (alternating current) motor-based technology will remain at the Swindon HQ.
Also speaking at the event, Justin Tomlinson MP said: “I am delighted that Torin-Sifan, a leader in the field of manufacturing and technology, has taken the decision to further invest in Swindon.”
Torin-Sifan’s EC technology applications include use in ventilation units, air handling units, heat recovery systems, air curtains, cooling equipment, boilers and unit/cabinet heating.
The products also help comply with the next stage of the European ErP Directive – since January, the ErP Directive further tightened the minimum efficiency levels with the introduction of new Fan Motor Efficiency Grades, according to the company.
In the spotlight
Over the past decade, legislation aimed at reducing energy consumption of building products has put the spotlight on EC technology and with demand continuing to grow significantly, the new Torin-Sifan EC Manufacturing and Technology Centre provides the manufacturing capacity needed to satisfy future requirements.
Torin-Sifan also announced that its application to join the membership of the European Ventilation Industry Association (EVIA ) has been successful.
Representing the European ventilation industry, EVIA aims to promote energy-efficient ventilation applications across Europe, while highlighting the significant impact good indoor air quality has on health and comfort.
With the European Union (EU) keen to lower carbon emissions, energy efficiency targets in building legislation are set to tighten.
The ventilation industry has a key role to play in meeting these targets and EVIA aims to serve as a platform and point of contact between all relevant European stakeholders involved, including European policymakers and product manufacturers.
Paul Kilburn, commercial director for Torin-Sifan, said: “It is vital to limit energy usage in the EU in order to meet carbon targets.
As a result, Europe is generating significant directives and legislation to drive energy efficiency, but it is crucial that these legislative decisions take into account their implications for the supply chain.
“With EVIA representing the views of the European ventilation industry and sharing our expertise with EU decision-makers, I am confident we can successfully contribute to and shape viable European policy.”