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2017 ISSUE OF AYCLIFFE
/ 04 MILLION UP
Husqvarna celebrates production of one
millionth robotic lawnmower at Aycliffe
GUEST FOREWORD: from Caraline Robinson
Welcome to the 28th issue of Aycliffe Today Business – I’m delighted to write the
guest foreword for this edition as we at Husqvarna recently celebrated production
of the one millionth robotic lawnmower here on Aycliffe Business Park.
The milestone was an extremely important one
for a company which has been based here in
Newton Aycliffe for 53 years. ranks to become manufacturing director, so
I value the importance of training our young
We’ve been manufacturing Flymo walk behind
lawnmowers here since 1953 and robotic
lawnmowers under the brands of Husqvarna –
Gardena, McCulloch and Flymo – since 2006.
When we started production of the robotic
mowers 11 years ago, we were manufacturing
8,000 a year – we’re now producing more than
that every week. We also welcome the North-East’s first
University Technical College – UTC South
Durham – which we’re working very closely with.
Having a specialist engineering and advanced
manufacturing UTC on our doorstep can only be
to our advantage.
We’ve seen a huge amount of investment in our
facility which has helped to support our growth
over the years as we’ve had to increase our
capacity, which is fantastic for local jobs.
Our location here in Aycliffe has enabled us to
grow. We’re close to North Sea ports which are
essential for exporting, but we’re also close to
distribution networks which are equally important,
as we produce more than 300,000 Flymo
lawnmowers sold annually across the UK alone.
/ 10-11 NEW LIFE
Mantis Media director Martin Walker
launches new venture with business
I’ve worked on Aycliffe Business Park for nearly
four decades, so I’ve seen companies come and
go over the years, but I think the future of the
park is hugely bright. We’ve seen a lot of major
developments in the last two to three years –
notably Hitachi and the UTC – and other flagship
firms such as 3M and Gestamp Tallent continue
to grow and perform well.
The park is really buoyant right now, there
seems to be lots of opportunities, and I think
that’s reflected in these pages of Aycliffe Today
/ 18-19 RAZOR SHARP
Aycliffe is also a great place for skills. We’ve
invested heavily in apprenticeships in recent
years and continue to do so as we aim to fill an
engineering skills gap. I hope you enjoy reading this issue – you can read
more about the celebration of our one millionth
robotic lawnmower on page 4.
I trained as an apprentice 37 years ago at South
West Durham Training and I’ve been with
Husqvarna ever since, moving up through the Caraline Robinson
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Manufacturing director, Husqvarna
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Wilcock and Andy Preston
to star at the third annual
Your Mark awards event
W hy councillor John Clare
was handed special award
during third annual Make
Your Mark awards event...
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/ 30-31 COFFEE BREAK
UTC South Durham principal Tom Dower
answers our 20 questions over a cuppa...