Teesside systems integrators Applied Integration have marked their 10th anniversary by opening their first research and development facility to help them “push the boundaries of technology”.
Based in Fusion Hive, Stockton’s new multi-million pound business and innovation centre, the new research base is designed to help the Stokesley firm stay ahead of the game as they deliver cutting edge solutions to a range of 21st Century industries.
Employing 35 staff including six apprentices, Applied Integration provide complex control solutions to the oil, gas, petrochemical and food processing sector.
They also boast a number of high-profile, long-term contracts to design and develop automation and control systems for the UK’s future nuclear deterrent, the Astute class submarine, on behalf of the Ministry of Defence.
Winners of the Teesside Manufacturing Award in the 2015 North-East Business Awards and twice shortlisted as Teesside Company of the Year, Applied Integration is riding on the crest of a wave 10 years after its foundation.
However, directors Lee Raywood, Graham King, Roy Coleman and Garry Lofthouse are determined to ensure the company remains at the forefront of their industry and achieve their aim of doubling turnover to around £8 million over the next five years.
Along with the Ministry of Defence and BAE Systems, Applied Integration’s 35-strong team delivers cost-effective technical solutions to such blue chip clients as ABB, Esterline, Swinton Technology, Phillips 66 and Lotte Chemical UK.
Director Lofthouse – pictured (above) with research associate Ali Almohammad at Fusion Hive – said: “With the advancements in modern day technology, research and development is becoming increasingly important for companies who want to stay ahead of the game.
“Firms need to become leaner, smarter and more efficient than their competitors. The establishment of a specialist research and development branch is designed to ensure we remain one step ahead in the ever-changing landscapes of today’s global markets.”
Lofthouse continued: “I believe the new facility at Fusion Hive is the embodiment of the firm’s mission statement, ‘To push the boundaries of technology with innovative and inspiring solutions’.
The research unit will house a number of Applied Integration’s most exciting R&D projects, focusing on the development of new systems, increasing the efficiency of current processes and reducing costs and development times.
Operated by The Forge, Teesside University’s business hub, Fusion Hive at Stockton’s Northshore is a three-storey, 36,000 sq ft business centre, offering state-of-the-art facilities for up to 60 technology companies.
With close ties to Teesside University and an environment in which to thrive, Applied Integration expect their new R&D facility to be a huge success and a driver for growth and development for years to come.
Lofthouse added: “With an ever important need for innovation, the facility lays the foundations for our pioneering work.
“It will provide a stimulus for the firm to become ever more efficient, whilst rising to the very top in the field of industrial automation.
“Our first 10 years have been incredible, but we have no intention of resting on our laurels. Our achievements so far will spur us on as we focus on making our future even brighter than our past, armed with a growing research and development arm.”