German-owned Guhring, which supplies brands including BMW, Ford and BAE Systems, will develop a 50,000 sq ft (4,645 sq m) factory at the AMH and is due to begin construction later this year. The new facility will accommodate R&D and the full manufacturing process, complementing the firm’s existing operations in Castle Bromwich where it has been based since 1990.
Guhring is the second foreign investor to commit to the AMH, with HydraForce Hydraulics recently completing building works on a new 120,000 sq ft (11,148 sq m) European headquarters. Around 500 HydraForce staff will be based at the site.
Charlie Spicer, industrial director at Savills, comments: “This is a major milestone for the AMH and timely in that it coincides with the completion of the HydraForce building. The calibre of occupiers choosing the site is testament to its quality and the strength of the city’s advanced manufacturing sector.”
Mike Dinsdale, managing director at Guhring, adds: “This move is a tremendous step forward for our UK business, which initially focused on distributing products made elsewhere in Europe. Now, we will be able to design, develop and manufacture our products in Britain for the first time. We have ambitious plans to realise Guhring’s full potential and are aiming to treble in size and double our workforce within three years of moving to the AMH. The support we have received from partners across the city has helped to push forward this deal and reinforce our commitment to the region’s flourishing manufacturing sector.”
Savills is marketing further plots at the AMH which can accommodate units of up to 150,000 sq ft (13,935 sq m). The scheme benefits from a Local Development Order which grants planning consent for manufacturing, light industrial and R&D. New occupiers can choose their own development partners and may be able to take advantage of assistance with funding grants, space planning and building design, subject to criteria.
GVA acted for Guhring Limited.