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Renishaw's Spectroscopy Products Division relocates to the company's headquarters site

17th August 2015

After 23 years, and many months of planning, Renishaw's Spectroscopy Products Division (SPD) said farewell to its Old Town site, in Wotton-under Edge, and moved to the new Renishaw Innovation Centre located at the company's New Mills headquarters.

Situated in the stunning Gloucestershire countryside, the Renishaw Innovation Centre is a brand new building providing an additional 153,000 sq ft of space for Renishaw adjacent to the company's iconic HQ, which is a converted 19th century woollen mill. The RIC was opened on 7th July by HRH The Princess Royal and is located one mile away from the ‘Old Town' site. SPDs new facilities also encompass a second, fully refurbished building, where production is housed.

The much anticipated move is welcomed by the Division who had outgrown the previous building. Simon Holden, Director and General Manager, Spectroscopy Products Division, said: “We hit saturation point at Old Town. In the Renishaw Innovation Centre our overall footprint has tripled, which provides us with much needed space and room for further expansion as the Division continues to develop. We now have the added benefit of state of the art laboratories, modern production and assembly areas, customised dark rooms, and larger training facilities. The Renishaw Innovation Centre also has a fantastic demonstration area displaying Renishaw's innovative products and a 300-seat lecture theatre enabling us to run conferences and give our visiting customers the best experience possible.”

For many of the staff, leaving the Old Town site signified the end of an era. Dave Gaston, Senior Production Engineer, started working at the main Renishaw site in 1983. 32 years on, he finds himself back in the same lab where he started, albeit with much more modern facilities.

SPD now have the best facilities in which to gain the inspiration needed for many more years of Raman spectroscopy innovation. For further information about Renishaw's Raman spectroscopy systems, visit

About Renishaw

Renishaw is one of the world's leading engineering and scientific technology companies, with expertise in precision measurement and healthcare. The company supplies products and services used in applications as diverse as jet engine and wind turbine manufacture, through to dentistry and brain surgery. It is also a world leader in the field of additive manufacturing (also referred to as 3D printing), where it is the only UK business that designs and makes industrial machines which ‘print' parts from metal powder.

The Renishaw Group currently has more than 70 offices in 33 countries, with around 4,000 employees, of which 2,600 people are employed within the UK. The majority of the company's R&D and manufacturing is carried out in the UK and for the year ended June 2015 Renishaw achieved sales of £494.7 million of which 95% was due to exports. The company's largest markets are the USA, China, Germany and Japan.

The Company's success has been recognised with numerous international awards, including eighteen Queen's Awards recognising achievements in technology, export and innovation. Renishaw received a Queen's Award for Enterprise 2014, in the Innovations category, for the continuous development of the inVia confocal Raman microscope. For more information visit

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