Technology giant Selex ES opens £10m Millbrook base employing 530 people

Technology giant Selex ES opens £10m Millbrook base employing 530 people

GRAND OPENING: Above, guests at the unveiling of Selex ES’s new £10m Southampton base.

Technology giant Selex ES opens £10m Millbrook base employing 530 people

First published in Hampshire Business Hampshire Chronicle: Photograph of the Author by , Political reporter

A TECHNOLOGY giant has opened a £10m base in Southampton which will employ 530 people.

The new Selex ES facility in Millbrook was officially opened at a ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday.

Among the technology which will be developed at the site in First Avenue will be state-of-the-art infra-red cameras for use by armies across the world and technology for use by commercial airlines and military air forces.

The firm has had offices in Southampton for decades, with its centre of excellence for infra-red detectors having been based in the city for 50 years.

The new facility has brought that office and other branches in Christchurch and Portsmouth together under one roof.

Fifty staff from Portsmouth and 250 workers from Christchurch will join their colleagues from Southampton in the new base.

And although no new jobs are currently being created, the new facility will allow for future expansion.

A wide range of technology will be developed there, including long-range communication systems, radio products, naval communications and infra-red detectors and cameras for commercial, industrial and military use.

There will also be air-traffic management systems, information systems for use by Network Rail, sensors and other devices for use on un-manned air drones and electronics for use on super-tankers.

The new centre was officially opened by Janice Munday CBE, the director of Advance Manufacturing and Services at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and Selex ES chief executive Fabrizio Giulianini.

Mr Giulianini said: “We have had a presence here in Southampton for several decades and our continued investment means that we have been able to bring together the people and expertise from a number of sites on the south coast into this single centre of excellence.”

Mrs Munday, said; “It’s encouraging to see a company that is going from strength to strength thanks to investment in innovation, a highly skilled workforce supporting a diverse engineering base and a strong UK supply chain across the south coast region.

“The fact that through this investment Selex ES in the UK exports a fantastic 60 per cent of its output is something that we in the department of Business, Innovation and Skills want to encourage and support.

“As this new facility opens today the future looks bright for Selex ES and the UK defence and security sector as a whole.”

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2:34pm Wed 9 Jul 14

rudolph_hucker says...

Great news for the city.
Great news for the city. rudolph_hucker
  • Score: 5

3:26pm Wed 9 Jul 14

aldermoorboy says...

gggggggggggggreat
gggggggggggggreat aldermoorboy
  • Score: -2

4:32pm Wed 9 Jul 14

southy says...

i was thinking great 530 jobs that was untill I read on and see its not created 530 jobs, it created a new location for its emplyees to go to.
50 from Portsmouth
250 from Christchurch
and the rest are from Southampton opperations
i was thinking great 530 jobs that was untill I read on and see its not created 530 jobs, it created a new location for its emplyees to go to. 50 from Portsmouth 250 from Christchurch and the rest are from Southampton opperations southy
  • Score: 2

4:42pm Wed 9 Jul 14

SwedeSaint says...

southy wrote:
i was thinking great 530 jobs that was untill I read on and see its not created 530 jobs, it created a new location for its emplyees to go to.
50 from Portsmouth
250 from Christchurch
and the rest are from Southampton opperations
But the site is equipped for expansion, 300 more employees in the local area is good for other businesses in the local supply chain i.e. cleaning, catering, fuel supply, restaurant trade......think positive!
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: i was thinking great 530 jobs that was untill I read on and see its not created 530 jobs, it created a new location for its emplyees to go to. 50 from Portsmouth 250 from Christchurch and the rest are from Southampton opperations[/p][/quote]But the site is equipped for expansion, 300 more employees in the local area is good for other businesses in the local supply chain i.e. cleaning, catering, fuel supply, restaurant trade......think positive! SwedeSaint
  • Score: 7

6:28pm Wed 9 Jul 14

rudolph_hucker says...

SwedeSaint wrote:
southy wrote:
i was thinking great 530 jobs that was untill I read on and see its not created 530 jobs, it created a new location for its emplyees to go to.
50 from Portsmouth
250 from Christchurch
and the rest are from Southampton opperations
But the site is equipped for expansion, 300 more employees in the local area is good for other businesses in the local supply chain i.e. cleaning, catering, fuel supply, restaurant trade......think positive!
Too hard for some people.....
[quote][p][bold]SwedeSaint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: i was thinking great 530 jobs that was untill I read on and see its not created 530 jobs, it created a new location for its emplyees to go to. 50 from Portsmouth 250 from Christchurch and the rest are from Southampton opperations[/p][/quote]But the site is equipped for expansion, 300 more employees in the local area is good for other businesses in the local supply chain i.e. cleaning, catering, fuel supply, restaurant trade......think positive![/p][/quote]Too hard for some people..... rudolph_hucker
  • Score: 3

10:44pm Wed 9 Jul 14

loonaloop says...

The work they do and the products they create ACTUALLY cost quite a few Peoples jobs and others pay with their lives.
The work they do and the products they create ACTUALLY cost quite a few Peoples jobs and others pay with their lives. loonaloop
  • Score: 0

12:12pm Thu 10 Jul 14

forest hump says...

southy wrote:
i was thinking great 530 jobs that was untill I read on and see its not created 530 jobs, it created a new location for its emplyees to go to.
50 from Portsmouth
250 from Christchurch
and the rest are from Southampton opperations
You sir, have a real problem. Irrespective of where the employment is based or sourced, it is expansion and growth. Why can you not be positive? Why are you always so negative? If I did not know any better I would suggest you did it purposefully but you have been around too long for that!
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: i was thinking great 530 jobs that was untill I read on and see its not created 530 jobs, it created a new location for its emplyees to go to. 50 from Portsmouth 250 from Christchurch and the rest are from Southampton opperations[/p][/quote]You sir, have a real problem. Irrespective of where the employment is based or sourced, it is expansion and growth. Why can you not be positive? Why are you always so negative? If I did not know any better I would suggest you did it purposefully but you have been around too long for that! forest hump
  • Score: 0

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