Mini-Cam invests in new factory in Austria
Mini-Cam has increased its production capacity by investing in a new factory in Austria. The purpose-built unit has been developed for its subsidiary company InPipe Innovation at a cost of 500,000 euros (£430,000).
It has enabled InPipe to move from a small workshop to a 7,500 sq ft three-storey facility in the Alpine village of Riezlern, Kleinwalsertal, near the German border. The facility is managed by Dietmar Jochum and has currently has eight staff, with further recruitment planned.
Mini-Cam managing director Nigel Wilson said the site will play a key part in the firm’s growth.
It is used for the mechanical design and manufacture of precision parts and pre-assembly of Mini-Cam’s range of crawler and push camera inspection systems, which are deployed in underground surveys in more than 40 countries. Final assembly takes place at Mini-Cam’s headquarters in Warrington.
Nigel said the expanded InPipe operation would enable the company to hold more stock in Europe to meet growing demand. “This new building gives us a strong European presence and room for expansion,” he added. “We started working with Dietmar in 2010 when the idea for our Proteus pipeline crawler inspection system was born, and it is extremely satisfying to see our Austrian subsidiary grow with this purpose-built facility. “Austria and southern Germany are renowned worldwide as being centres of engineering excellence, so being in this location also gives us access to the latest machining techniques and skilled staff. “It’s a very exciting development for Mini-Cam as we embark on our next phase of development.”
Mini-Cam, which is backed by private equity firm LDC, supplies customers in the water and wastewater industry as well as municipal authorities and companies in the oil and gas, petrochemical, construction and engineering sectors.