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Colt International continues to invest in the future with new factory opening

29 September 2017

Friday 22nd September saw local MP, Alan Mak cutting the ribbon to this impressive new factory in Havant, to celebrate the migration of all of the machinery and personnel from the old Havant premises.

Colt is a specialist contractor, manufacturer and maintenance company who are leaders in the smoke control, ventilation and climate technology industry.

Founded in 1931, Colt has pioneered groundbreaking solutions, installing its systems in residential developments, offices, factories and car parks in the UK and all over the world.

For over 85 years, the people of Colt have invented, developed and built benchmark systems and products, and amongst them are the most highly qualified and experienced in the industry.

Jack O’Hea, co-founder of Colt, had a favorite phrase – ‘the sky’s the limit’. This company mantra underpins the innovative, pioneering spirit of Colt that has seen the company evolve over the years to remain a powerhouse in the industry.

This year has seen it relocate its offices and factory, marking the next chapter in Colt’s development. It’s now finished its move of the 50,000 sq ft factory, containing a comprehensive range of sheet metal working machinery.

These are the latest generation in machine tool, software, tooling, peripheral equipment and engineering solutions.

On top of this it has migrated all of its fabrication and assembly machinery for smoke control vents, louvres and dampers. Evidence that it continues to invest in the future of its business to remain as leaders in the field. The factory opening had a great turnout.

There to celebrate this auspicious moment in the history of the company were senior members of Colt staff and shareholders; Alan Mak (the local member of parliament), Elaine Shimbart (the Mayor of Havant) and her Consort, as well as members of Havant Council, University of Portsmouth, Havant and South Downs College and the Federation of Environmental Trade Associations.

Optimistic about the future, Nick Buckingham, UK Managing Director, told the guests in a speech, ‘my objective was to relocate all elements of the business without anyone noticing, and we just about succeeded, in one of our busiest years on record. I’d like to thank Havant Borough Council for all their support’.

Colt has strong links with local schools, colleges and universities, offering work experience and apprenticeships to help those who are new to the industry gain valuable experience to kick start their careers.

Alan Mak used his speech to thank the company for this investment in local people and stressed that Colt is a very important part of his constituency.

Buckingham highlighted the company’s core values, noting that Colt was founded on the belief that ‘people are the greatest asset any company can have’.

He went on to say that this sentiment is still at the heart of the company’s culture. This is why Colt has always invested in its staff and continues to do so.

It is why Buckingham believes he has the most qualified people in the industry. It is why the company boasts considerable ‘expertise built on proven experience’.

‘I’d like to thank all of our employees for their efforts in ensuring a smooth relocation in a busy year without any detrimental impacts on the day-to-day business.

'I look forward to an exciting future ahead for Colt within the UK and, with the incredible talent within the group of people that we employ, I know that the sky is indeed the limit to what we can and will achieve.’

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