Siemens is investing £1m in its UK mechanical drives factory in Leeds, expanding its capabilities to assemble a new range of geared motors and to service rail components. The company says that the investment could lead to the creation of 50 new jobs.
The factory will become the UK base for a new range of efficient SIMOGEAR geared motors, which will help Siemens to compete effectively with other geared motor manufacturers.
The investment will also enable Siemens to service more onshore and offshore wind turbines, as well as rail motors, couplings, gearboxes and other components.
Five people have already been recruited as part of the first investment phase, which is focusing on rail motor servicing. The factory recently completed a five-month project to install an electrical test field for servicing these motors, and has service contracts of up to 30 years for rail component work, helping to secure its workforce for many years to come.