Wila opens £1m UK operation

Wila has opened a new 10,000 square foot assembly and logistics operation in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

The luminaire maker, which has doubled in size in the past five years, says the unit will be primarily focussed on the assembly of Wila’s next generation of linear products, using both T5 and LED technology.

The Wila senior management team at the opening of the new facility

Wila's management team at the opening of the plant

The site will also produce emergency lighting and LED downlight luminaires.

‘This facility will allow us to respond more effectively to our clients’ needs for modified product and products that are designed for very specific applications,’ Neil Condliffe, Wila’s managing director in the UK told Lux magazine.

‘We have invested over the past two years in new product development specifically for the UK market and this operation will help us to deliver that product.’

The Ingenic range, designed by Gary Dettmar and set to be launched next year, will allow Wila a broader range of T5 linear and LED options. The product is specifically designed in a modular format further extending the range of application possibilities. Ingenic will be launched in February 2012, although production on certain products has already begun.

Over the coming months the company says it will invest around £1m in this new site and expects that between 20 and 30 people will be employed in the operation over the next few years.

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