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Universal Electric Corporation Expands Operations from new Thames Valley base

11:12 05 September in Advanced Engineering & Manufacturing, Sectors

Universal Electric Corporation (UEC) of Pittsburgh, industry leader in systems solutions for power distribution and management for the data centre, retail, healthcare, higher education and industrial markets, has expanded its UK operations during 2017/18. The company, which has increased its headcount and moved into a new, 56,000 sq ft office with an expanded warehouse facility and trebled capacity, is focussing on opening up and strengthening international markets for supplies and services.

UEC provides innovative, customisable power distribution and monitoring solutions, which are specific to individual customer needs and critical requirements. The company established its first UK operation two years ago, utilising the expertise available from the DIT’s UK and global network and TVCC to support the firm’s expansion and trade growth. This has included the provision of a dedicated DIT project manager and local contact point here in the UK, as well as introductions to local partners and support services, including R&D collaboration, student placements and recruitment opportunities with regional-based universities and the Reading University Technical College (UTC).

The DIT has also provided skills baselining and information on the UK’s Apprenticeship Levy, with a Berkshire focus. Wider introductions to DIT’s overseas POST network in Europe and Asia have enabled the company to develop commercial partnerships and trading supply chains. UEC has also received support from the Thames Valley Chamber and international network of Chambers with regard to supplies and business introductions.

Continued growth of UEC’s international business is programmed from the Reading facility. Planned growth includes at least doubling the current workforce within the next 18 months, opening up new trade partnerships and supply chains, and setting up a ‘centre for Quality, Safety & Manufacturing Innovation’.

Clive Larke, Global Director of Quality & HSE, Universal Electric Corporation commented:

“The support from the DIT has been instrumental in the success of the UEC Reading project. DIT have made key introductions to new partners in the local area and facilitated contacts both in Europe and Asia. We are looking forward to a continued relationship as our business continues to expand its operations in the UK.”