After more than 100 years at its Camp Hill site in Birmingham, England, Sulzer has started the process to move its facilities and create a new center of excellence for its customers.
Sulzer, a worldwide, independent service provider for large rotating equipment, said its new service center will be located at the Birmingham Business Park, where the company will base its UK head office as well as repair and maintenance facilities.
Sulzer is working with Canmoor Developments Ltd. to deliver this project, which will provide Sulzer’s customers with service for electromechanical repairs as well as new high voltage testing facilities.
The 7618 m2 purpose-built service center has been designed using 3D mapping technology that positions both the existing and new equipment in the most efficient layout. By optimizing the floor plan, material flow will be improved and project repair times for customers will be minimized.
The building phase is scheduled to be complete in early May 2020, after which there will be a relocation of all the equipment, such as the copper rolling mill and coil manufacturing machinery, winding machines and the high voltage test bed. In addition to the existing equipment, Sulzer is also investing in a new high-speed balancing chamber, which will be located below-ground, and will be one of the most advanced facilities in Europe.
Sulzer said it has developed a detailed plan for the relocation of each department that ensures customers will experience no downturn in service. Operations will be able to work between the old and new sites with the phased move taking place over two months.