Linx Printing Technologies’ new £8 million UK headquarters was opened on Thursday by the Huntingdon MP Jonathan Djanogly.
The 41,000 sq ft purpose-built facility is at Compass Point Business Park, St. Ives, Cambridgeshire.
It has brought together Linx employees who were previously in separate buildings in a different area of St Ives, where Linx had been based since 1989.
The new facility, which took 43 weeks to complete, houses the company’s research and development laboratories, sales and administration offices, manufacturing and assembly lines, storage and distribution areas, and customer training facilities.
Linx says it has put sustainability at the forefront of the new building’s design. ‘Energy use is minimised by the highly-insulated composite panels used primarily in the building’s construction, heat recovery technology within air handling units and the use of low-energy LED lighting in most areas,’ the company said in a press note.
‘Solar panels on the roof will mean Linx itself can generate up to 13070 kWh per year, which will abate 6914kg of carbon dioxide emissions.
‘In addition, the installation of a cycle locker room and showers is intended to make it easier for staff to cycle, rather than drive, to work.’
“The new headquarters building not only underlines Linx’s commitment to developing the leading coding and marking equipment for customers and the best working environment for employees, but also our environmental credentials as a conscientious local employer and an international manufacturer,” said Linx MD Nigel Hood.
“This new facility will enable Linx to build even further on our success with state-of-the art product development, manufacturing, training and service facilities that will allow us to compete at the highest level in global markets.”
Meanwhile, Djanogly said businesses such as Linx made an invaluable contribution to the UK’s growth and were responsible for nearly half of the jobs created there.
“It is very encouraging to see a well-established company like Linx investing in the local area by expanding its facilities and growing its business,” he said.