Contact cleaning expansion

Teknek, a specialist engineering and contact cleaning equipment company, has unveiled a new production facility at its head office in Glasgow.

Jim Mather, enterprise, energy and tourism minister, opened the centre, which will be used as a ‘semi-clean room’ to produce the elastomer rollers used in contact cleaning equipment.

The technology, pioneered more than 20 years ago, is used in industry sectors such as semiconductors, converting, printing, medical and solar cells.

The use of this equipment allows manufacturers to minimise waste and increase revenue by eliminating contamination during the production process. 90 per cent of Teknek’s production is exported to global markets with over 40 countries currently using the technology.

Despite the recent economic downturn, Teknek has recorded a growth in demand for its equipment. Interest has been particularly high in Asia, where high-tech markets have identified a need for the technology in their production processes.

Stephen Mitchell, managing director of Teknek, said: ‘This is a strategic investment for Teknek that will safeguard existing jobs and create new employment in the longer term.

‘Our equipment helps manufacturers become more productive and cut out waste. The need for zero defects, reduction of production costs and predictable output has never been higher. Teknek is the brand of choice in this area.’

The opening of the new facility follows the merger of Teknek’s subcontracting division, Teknek Howwood, and Kilwinning-based NPI Solutions, to form one of Scotland’s largest manufacturing services businesses.