The business founded 25 years ago designs and manufactures bespoke robotic packaging equipment for the global food industry. Its proprietary, market-leading technology is used worldwide and vastly improves the performance of production lines.

The company has more than 2000 robots in use worldwide, working with a diverse range of food businesses to automatically package food products at high speeds with maximum efficiency.

Previously based in smaller premises nearby in Lanarkshire, PWR moved to Grovewood Business Centre, operated by UKSE, this month as part of its expansion plans.

In recent years, PWR has enjoyed growing demand for its specialist technology. The firm, which currently employs 80 staff at its manufacturing facility in the Netherlands, and eight people in Scotland, is scaling up its head office function as it seeks to grow sales. It aims to boost headcount at its manufacturing facility by 25% over the next 18 months and recruit a further four employees in Scotland in service, administration and finance roles.

The COVID-19 pandemic is also having an impact with some food producers facing increased demand as people eat more at home.

Managing Director Peter Mellon said: “As essential workers we have been continuing to work hard to service our customers throughout the pandemic but following COVID-19 many want to accelerate their automation plans. They are experiencing increased demand from supermarkets, but production needs to take account of social distancing. Our robotic solutions enable them to maintain production levels while also protecting their workforces.

“Moving into bigger premises at Grovewood Business Centre is crucial to our ambitions to expand. We were also extremely impressed by the quality of the workspace available, and we can’t wait to get on with our growth plans.”

Jackie Taylor, property administrator at UKSE, said: “PWR is a brilliant Scottish owned business, designing and producing bespoke technology that is in demand by food producers all over the world. Helping innovative firms like PWR Pack is what UKSE is all about and we’re proud that Peter and his team have chosen Grovewood as their new UK base.”

Grovewood Business Centre recently underwent a major refurbishment and offers a range of office and workshop accommodation to small and medium-sized businesses.