Romax opens the doors to £5.6m HQ at University's Innovation Park

20 Jun 2014 13:31:42.810

Romax Technology, one of the world’s leading gearbox, driveline simulation and engineering companies,  has officially opened the doors to its brand new £5.6m head-office at the University of Nottingham’s Innovation Park (UNIP).

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A purpose built facility
The new purpose built 3100m2 facility incorporates offices and a training suite and  will also give Romax space to grow in the future, creating more jobs and growth for the region. In addition to this, Romax’s continued desire to promote green energy across its portfolio will see this reflected in the new building.

The new building uses the latest sustainable and environmentally friendly building technologies. These technologies include the use of sustainable construction techniques, including building heat recovery and reuse, solar shading and a biodiverse green roof. When the new GSK Centre for Sustainable Chemistry Building is operational next year, spare energy capacity from the building will be relayed to the Romax Technology Centre.

Recently named as one of the top 1,000 British businesses for innovation by the London Stock Exchange, Romax supplies leading simulation & analysis technology, and expert engineering services to 14 of the top 15 automotive OEMs worldwide.

A longstanding partnership
Andy Poon, CEO of Romax commented: “Our move into the new building represents an exciting future for Romax – it is the first time we will be able to house all our UK operations under one roof and the significance of this will be vast. As a business we are committed to driving innovation across the automotive space whether it is passenger cars, trucks, racing cars or hybrid vehicles.

“Our relationship with the University of Nottingham and our commitment to the East Midlands means we are able to employ some of the industry's brightest minds including strategic thinkers, technology innovators, experienced engineers and world leading software specialists. The move to the new site reaffirms this and will allow us to continue supporting engineering projects across the automotive supply chain and at any stage during the design cycle.”

The University of Nottingham’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir David Greenaway, said: “This is a very exciting moment for us. We have enjoyed a longstanding partnership with Romax over several years, collaborating together on a number of research projects. Its decision to remain in the region and locate to our Innovation Park is a testament to the strength of that relationship.

A world leader in gearbox and driveline systems
“The opening of the Romax Technology Centre is the latest phase in the rapid development of the Innovation Park. In recent years we have launched new technology centres in aerospace, energy and geospatial engineering and, next year, we will be opening our GSK Centre for Sustainable Chemistry.

“I also feel that it is very fitting that Romax has decided to base itself at the University of Nottingham Innovation Park, as they are now situated on the same site as Sturmey Archer, which produced gears for the likes of Raleigh. Romax is maintaining Nottingham’s reputation as one of the world leaders in the design of gearbox and driveline systems.”

The new building was officially opened by Lord Parry Mitchell, a member of the House of Lords and an entrepreneur who has himself established up a number of successful IT companies. He said: “Romax' commitment to driving technology and innovation alongside partners such as the University of Nottingham is extremely impressive. The move to this fantastic new building will also give them the opportunity for further development and growth over the coming years."

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For more details about the Romax Technology Centre and the University of Nottingham Innovation Park (UNIP), contact Bob Scott, Director of UNIP.
Nick King  

Nick King - Marketing and Communications Manager, Energy Research Accelerator (ERA)

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