The Mayor was given an insight into the company’s growth, two years on from a previous visit to the business, and he was impressed with progress.
“We have to keep the faith when it comes to the wider picture in manufacturing in our region, but if we come to Sarginsons, the results over the past two years have been brilliant,” he said. “Two things stand out since I was last here. Sarginsons have continued to invest and think about the niche within which they operate.
“There is a lesson here that if you can find a niche in the market, you can own it and defend it,” he adds. “Sarginsons have done a first class job and they would stress that quality is a really important hallmark for them. We’ve seen some businesses putting investment on hold because of the uncertainty we’re facing, but once everyone knows the lie of the land and the rules of the game, we will start to see some of that coming back.
“It’s great to see Sarginsons investing and bringing new jobs to Coventry – really skilled jobs – and they want to expand further. They’re looking at meeting some of the really high-specification challenges for customers such as Aston Martin and, by capturing some of those high-end niches, it has to be good for Coventry and the region.”
Anthony Evans, managing director of Sarginsons, said technology would play a key role in the company’s growth: “We were recently described as an ‘outlier’ because of the way we’re looking to develop and grow the business. So that means going beyond prototyping and manufacturing parts, but working with customers at the development phase of new components, and using our technology in support.
“The reason for opening the new laboratory and technology centre is to ensure that every member of the team can see, on a daily basis, where we’re heading as a business, and the role that our technology and measurement facilities will play.”