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Investing in research and development can really pay off

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Technological development in the automotive sector occurs at a rapid rate as designers and manufacturers strive to come up with cutting edge ideas. There are big developments on a regular basis, including the creation of electric powered vehicles, the emergence of automation technology, and the myriad of features designed for comfort and safety.

Wrexham based specialist Applied Component Technology (ACT) has invested a great deal into research and development in their search for a new material. They developed FibriRock, a biocomposite that utilised natural fibres combined with other materials to create a durable yet light composite. They envisage that it can be used to make parts for the interior and exterior of automobiles as well as use in the aerospace industry.

ACT has already seen a rise in sales and expects further increases throughout 2016 because of the huge array of uses for FibriRock. They are planning to expand their workforce to deal with the increase in orders. The current workforce is 65 strong at their 65,000 square foot facility in Wrexham. The plan is to recruit additional staff, adding 10% or more to the team. The roles they are creating will include managerial positions and injection mould setters to be involved in the manufacturing.

It is fantastic to see small and medium sized companies all along the supply chain in the UK actively seeking to find new employees. This shows how healthy the industry is and bodes well for the future too. The new jobs they create give people a great opportunity to start a career or progress to a higher position with a growing company.

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