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Sandvik Coromant is one of the major cutting tool players in the UK market and has opened a new innovation centre and headquarters in Halesowen to power growth. Justin Burns went along to the ribbon cutting ceremony in the West Midlands

Cutting tool manufacturer Sandvik Coromant has been a key part of the fabric of UK engineering and manufacturing since it opened its first office in Halesowen in 1958 and in the UK as a whole in 1942.

The company took its presence and footprint a step further last month by opening a new state-of-the-art innovation hub and UK headquarters, right next door to the old building where it was previously housed, which will soon be demolished.

In addition to housing the Sandvik Coromant employees, the facility will act as a centre for manufacturing innovation and customer interactions, forming part of the established Sandvik Coromant Center global network.

The investment is seen as a natural part of Sandvik Coromant’s focus on growth throughout the complete manufacturing value chain, by expanding its offer as well as reach to provide enhanced machining solutions.

Speaking at the event, David Harbon, sales director of Sandvik Coromant UK, explains that the UK is vitally important for the company and an integral part of the Sandvik machine with more than 1,000 people employed across the UK Sandvik Group at 12 sites and
group turnover now reaching £350m.

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