Technology facility has a royal opening

The Duke of York was given a special tour around a leading Calderdale business and opened up their new high technology facilities.

HRH Prince Andrew visited Pexa, supplier of surface finishing materials, coatings and chemicals to the aerospace and other high tech industries has who have moved to new, larger and upgraded premises close to its original home in Holywell Green,

HRH The Duke of York at Pexa, Holywell Green.

HRH The Duke of York at Pexa, Holywell Green.

With help from a grant from the Leeds City Region and the ERDF Pexa was able to completely upgrade the premises to an “as new” condition and to install new offices, warehouse space and a new production facility for its own line of paints and coatings for the optical industry.

Jim Rowbotham, Managing Director of Pexa said they were very proud to welcome the Duke to their new home to declare it officially open.

“The whole team was thrilled to meet HRH, he was very interested in the nuts and bolts of the operation, our people development and apprentice activity and our plans for the future. He really engaged with us and wants to make a contribution.”

Pexa was established in 2002 and has grown to be a leading and well recognised supplier to the aerospace industry and a key industrial partner for major international brands with 30 per cent of its sales overseas.

HRH The Duke of York at Pexa, Holywell Green.

HRH The Duke of York at Pexa, Holywell Green.

A number of Pexa’s customers and suppliers attended, together with representatives from trade associations and government agencies involved in Pexa’s activities.

His Royal Highness said: “This is a ‘go get them’ firm determined to increase its market share. I hope this facility is a success and, as manufacturing gets under way, that you will come up with some clever innovations that will make you one of the companies that are absolutely needed.”