Manufacturing

Published: January 28, 2022 | Updated: January 28, 2022

Work starts on new HQ and production facility in a multi-million pound vote of confidence

A render of Parvalux’s new headquarters and production facility in Poole.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

Construction work has begun on a multi-million pound headquarters and production facility for Dorset success story Parvalux.

The electric motor and gearbox manufacturer, which employs more than 200 people, is amalgamating its UK factory units and headquarters onto a single site in Poole.

The new building will cover some 160,000 sq ft and is on a 8.75-acre brownfield site, previously occupied by Siemens and Barclays.

It is being built in response to record demand for Parvalux drive products and a long-held desire by the company to improve production efficiency and sustainability.

The cost of developing the Cabot Lane site represents a significant investment by Swiss parent company, maxon, which acquired Parvalux in December 2018.

Parvalux has been based in Dorset since 1957 and headquartered on Wallisdown Road, Bournemouth, since 1961.

Dr Karl-Walter Braun, maxon’s Majority Shareholder, and Eugen Elmiger, Chief Executive Officer, took part in a ground-breaking ceremony at the new site.

It’s anticipated that the new HQ and production facility will be fully operational by spring/summer 2023.

(Left to right): Doug Sheppard, Parvalux Managing Director; Paul Bascombe, Parvalux Commercial Director; Stefan Müller, maxon Group Chief Technology Officer; Will Mason, maxon UK Managing Director; Eugen Elmiger, maxon Group Chief Executive Officer; Brian Roche, Parvalux Head of Quality, Health and Safety; Liam Davis, Parvalux Financial Controller; Dr Karl-Walter Braun, maxon Group Majority Share Holder; Andreas Richter, maxon Group Chief Operating Officer, and Felix Herger, maxon Business Unit Manager – Industrial.

Doug Sheppard. Parvalux’s Managing Director, said: “This is a significant new-build project and is a great example of how important Parvalux is to maxon.

“maxon acquired Parvalux in 2018 and is investing significantly in infrastructure, new products, people, systems and equipment to support our growth.

Doug Sheppard

“Sustainability is key to what we do as an electric motor manufacturer and our new headquarters has been designed to be carbon neutral with one of the largest photovoltaic (PV) arrays to be put onto a single building in the South of England.

“This system will generate the electricity required to heat and light the whole building.

“Our team currently comprises more than 200 people across a wide set of specialist skills.

“Amalgamation of our three existing production sites into a single location will facilitate decades of future expansion, ensuring we retain and attract the best local talent and underlining our long-term commitment to the area.”

Parvalux is the UK’s largest manufacturer of small geared motors, offering a wide range of customisable AC and DC geared motors for a broad range of applications.

The company has more than 70 years’ experience and supplies businesses across the world in the healthcare, leisure, mobility and industrial sectors.

It was first established in 1947 by Mr L. Clark in Romford, Essex, where it began by selling motor rewinds.

The company relocated to Dorset in 1957 and the company moved from simply rewinding motors to designing and manufacturing complete gear-motor units for industrial applications.

In 2008, Parvalux acquired the Essex based EMD Drive Systems Ltd. and relocated the company to its Wallisdown HQ, nearly doubling the turnover in the process.

Ownership of the company by the Clark Group came to an end in 2018 when maxon motor, the Swiss-based specialist for mechatronic drive systems, acquired the company.

The design and build of the new HQ and production facility is by Jade-Aden Services Ltd in partnership with Poole-based Lionel Gregory architects.

Other partners include Godsell Arnold Partnership (Broadstone), Westec Engineering (Hurn), Align chartered surveyors and building consultancy (Poole) and SOCOTEC.