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International aerospace and defence company Nammo AS occupies new Westcott facility further enhancing its UK propulsion facilities.

13:27 20 April in Buckinghamshire, News

International aerospace and defence company Nammo has taken on a new building within the Enterprise Zone at Westcott, nr Aylesbury in the heart of the Thames Valley, further enhancing its UK propulsion facilities.

A new 15-year lease at Building 6040 comprising 18,200 sqft of manufacturing and production space has been agreed.   The Norwegian HQ’d business has been based at Westcott for around 70 years is one of the world’s leading providers of rocket motors for both military and civilian customers. Nammo will be undertaking an extensive fit-out of the building to incorporate laboratories, offices and clean rooms in the facility which will be its UK HQ.

Nammo  is managing the new National Space Propulsion Test Facility at Westcott on behalf of the UK Space Agency.  This facility allows global space propulsion companies and academics to hotfire test rocket engines and thrusters up to 1500 Newtons in this state-of-the-art, highly efficient and sustainable rocket test facility.

Adam Watts, Business and Strategic Development Manager of Nammo Space said: “The capabilities that the National Space Propulsion Test Facility brings to the UK space industry are already having a positive impact upon business levels and our ability to win projects that would otherwise have gone elsewhere. Many of the major players in America are now buying rocket engines from us so the business is growing rapidly. We work with other space and rocketry companies across the Westcott site and it’s great to see more companies moving to the park, further enhancing the community of space cluster companies.”

Richard Collins, Buckinghamshire Local Chamber Advisory Group chair comments, “the investment, and the ongoing growth of Nammo,  is great news for Westcott, Buckinghamshire and the UK space industry.  It’s pleasing to see, first hand, the support local partners are providing to enable these innovative companies, based in the heart of the Thames Valley, to grow, develop and above all prosper.  The expansion of Nammo reinforces the position of the Westcott site as a growing centre of excellence in space propulsion and one we trust will continue to be an attractive destination for new UK and foreign-owned business and investment.”

Westcott is recognised as an integral part of the UK space sector growth strategy with a nucleus of well-established companies supporting rocket and satellite enabled research and development projects.

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