EDM’s £1.3m UK facility formally opened

EDM, a global provider of training simulators to the civil aviation and defence sectors, has celebrated the opening of a new £1.3 million UK facility.

The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, cut the ribbon to celebrate the formal start of operations at the 20,000 square foot manufacturing facility at EDM’s headquarters in Newton Heath, east Manchester.

The facility has been built to meet the demands of the company’s increasing order book, which has doubled in size since 2013, posting revenues of over £24 million in 2016.

Housing 50 employees, it sits adjacent to the company’s existing 100,000 square foot site, with EDM saying the facility provides all the resources necessary to enable it to manufacture its full range of training simulators.

“It was an absolute pleasure to have the Mayor open our new facility here in Manchester,” said Tony Bermingham, managing director of EDM. “This significant investment will help us build more high quality training simulators for our growing customer base as we continue to expand our global presence.”

In the past year EDM has announced orders from KLM, China Southern Airlines, S7 Airlines and Jet2.com. The company has also recently launched a new range of virtual reality training simulators to the airline industry and says that it expects to win its first order with a major airline later in the year.

Burnham said, “This is a fantastic new facility and the fact that EDM has grown so quickly, requiring new workspace, is testament to their hard work and the quality of their products. I am immensely proud that there are successful and innovative manufacturers, such as EDM, operating on a global scale within the region, leading the way for Greater Manchester. They successfully bring together digital and advanced manufacturing and are a glowing example of Greater Manchester’s strength in these sectors.”

Image: Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, formally opens EDM’s new facility next to the company’s managing director, Tony Bermingham, and the rest of EDM’s directors. Philomena Chen, head of Asia-Pacific at the UK’s Department of International Trade, is second right.

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