Auma UK, Clevedon
AUMA is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of electric actuators. The devices are crucial valve control equipment for automating process technology. Applications include power plants, refineries, tank farms and water/wastewater treatment works. AUMA employs 2,000 people worldwide.
The company has set itself apart in the actuation industry with a modular design concept that enables components to dove-tail together: this ensures that systems can be expanded, enhanced and refined on-site without removing products for a factory upgrade.
An extensive global presence in 35 countries includes facilities in Clevedon, North Somerset. Established in 1976, AUMA Actuators Ltd was one of the first subsidiaries established for the AUMA organisation.
Success in the UK led to relocation to brand new facilities in 2010 located at Generation House, Yeo Bank 3, Kenn Road. The UK arm of the AUMA group therefore has strong roots in North Somerset.
The company’s purpose-built premises cover 1,200 square metres and, as a result of the move, capacity was doubled to cater for growing demand for AUMA’s actuators, controls and gearboxes. Facilities at AUMA’s Clevedon site include a fully equipped actuator training room, understood to be the most comprehensive in the UK. Other departments include two dedicated production cells, a warehouse, customer service, accounts, purchasing and internal sales.
Paul Hopkins, Managing Director of AUMA UK, comments on the strength of the AUMA operation and the benefits of the North Somerset location:
“With the backing of the AUMA organisation, and a strong local team, we are able to provide high quality, innovative actuation products and excellent service levels.
“AUMA’s decision to stay in North Somerset when the company relocated was made for a number of reasons. A high quality of life is enjoyed by our staff and, from a business perspective, the region offers good travel links: our premises are just five minutes from the M5 and 20 minutes from Bristol Airport. And, as part of our investment in training the next generation of engineers, the local schools and colleges provide an excellent resource.”
A recent apprenticeship success is Tom Gibbs who was educated at Portishead’s Gordano School and continues to live in the town. Following a three year on-site education programme at AUMA, Tom excelled in his understanding of the company’s products. Having completed an additional course in CAD training to enhance his skills, Tom is now employed in the company’s after-sales and customer support department. AUMA UK’s investment in training sits within a wider international group commitment to provide apprenticeship opportunities.
Confirming AUMA’s business and organisational strengths, a top ten placement was achieved in the prestigious, and highly contested, European Business Awards. Competing against global blue-chip and FMCG companies, the top ten ranking for AUMA was a major achievement which followed extensive analysis of AUMA’s operation including evaluation of its full business model.