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Thorn Lighting opens new plant in UK

10 February 2009 12.00 BST

(UK) - Thorn Lighting’s £32m factory and Academy of Light has been opened in Spennymoor, County Durham, marking the largest investment in the manufacture of lighting equipment in the UK for almost 70 years.

Thorn – which manufactures 7, 289 different types of low energy fluorescent fittings - has transferred production to the site, on the town’s Green Lane Industrial Estate, from its previous sprawling base in nearby Merrington Lane, which it had occupied since 1952.

Bishop Auckland MP Helen Goodman, who opened the complex, said the new plant was “fantastic news", adding: "This kind of investment shows that, even in the current economic climate, progressive and innovative companies like Thorn still have real confidence in the future of the local economy. “I am also particularly pleased that the new site will include the Academy of Light training facility, which will help to maintain skills.”

Speaking at the opening ceremony, also attended by representatives from Sedgefield Borough Council, Durham County Council, regional development agency One North East and Simon Smith, the British Ambassador to the Republic of Austria, the CEO of Thorn’s parent company Zumtobel Group, Andreas Ludwig, said: "It is the largest single investment we have ever made in the single biggest market we serve “The opening of the new facility at Spennymoor is one of the major strategic moves we are making to retain production as close to the customer as possible in order to respond fast and flexibly to customer wishes and meet the challenges of a competitive marketplace."

The 40,000 sqm building also hosts a manufacturing facility for Zumtobel Group’s Tridonic Atco luminaire components business. Overall the operation employs approximately 700 people. To maximise efficiency, flexibility and responsiveness, the modern production operation incorporates Thorn’s Lean Six Sigma manufacturing methods, which rely on a synchronous flow of materials and parts. This has already led to dramatic savings. For instance, the distance travelled by materials has been cut by 42%.

Working conditions are bright, cheery, spacious and “green”. Overall, the carbon footprint of production operations has been reduced by a quarter, helped by a biomass boiler and modern lighting solution.


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