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Manufacturer expands for slice of Pi success

By Herald Express  |  Posted: June 01, 2012

MOVING IN: The former Sifam unit in Woodland Close, Torquay Andy Styles TQAS20120529B-001_C

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A BRIXHAM company is expanding to take over an empty industrial unit in Torquay.

Injection moulding specialists Hymid Multi-shot Ltd is planning to move into the former Sifam unit in Old Woods Hill Torquay and recruit a couple more operators thanks to an expanding order book.

It has been chosen by Exeter-based ModMyPi to manufacture cases for the new 'basic' computer the Raspberry Pi.

Hymid currently has its sales office at the Vantage Point Innovation Centre in Paignton and its production in Rae Barn Road.

Marketing manager Vickie Broadbent said: "We've had our sales office at Vantage Point for a year and it's been very successful for us. It's ideal for clients to visit and a good environment to work in. The company is growing — we're recruiting more people at the moment and we now need to move to a larger office.

"The Raspberry Pi computer is an ultra-low-cost handheld computer which has been developed to encourage children to learn computing and programming.

"The designs of the case have been finalised and we're about to start production. We're very excited about being involved in this project, especially as five per cent of the profits are going to the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

"We're very pleased with the case which has been entered into the plastic industry awards and we're hoping it will encourage more children to take up computer programming."

Vickie said many clients are keen to keep manufacturing in the UK, which is also contributing to Hymid's success. Last year the company's turnover was up almost six per cent.

"We're expanding into new markets, especially enclosures for medical applications and the offshore and renewables market. We're part of a wider supply chain working with national clients and local companies," she said.

"Having the sales office at the innovation centre has made a big difference, now we want to grow further and reconnect under one roof."

Mayor of Torbay Gordon Oliver said: "I'm delighted Hymid is expanding and recruiting new staff. It's very encouraging news. Torbay Council is working hard to support job creation and business growth for the Bay."

The unit was let by Bettesworth commercial estate agents. Director Paul Bettesworth said: "It is a boost to employment in the area. We are currently in discussion with several further large industrial and office occupiers with requirements for location within Torbay and Teignbridge.

"It is proving very helpful to have a proactive organisation like the Torbay Development Agency who will look for ways to help these large companies bring their business to the Bay."

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