The newly-constructed Feritech Innovation Centre, which is located near Falmouth, had its official opening yesterday (April 11). The guest of honour for the occasion was HRH The Duke of Kent.

The Duke of Kent was welcomed by Rob Ferris and Gemma Ferris, directors and co-owners of Feritech Global Ltd. He was accompanied on the visit by the Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Colonel Edward Bolitho OBE and Deputy Lieutenant James Staughton OBE.

The Duke of Kent was taken on a tour of the new Innovation Centre, which specialises in advanced engineering solutions for marine and other industries. The new facility will offer a full range of services including product design, machining, fabrication, electrical, electronics, embedded software, hydraulics and 3D printing services – all under one roof. This will be one of the most advanced facilities of its kind in the UK.

The visiting group also included Andrew Williams (the High Sheriff of Cornwall), Cllr Pauline Giles BEM (chairman of Cornwall Council), assistant chief constable Julie Fielding and Cllr Phil Blease of Stithians Parish Council.

After the tour, Rob Ferris thanked The Duke of Kent, who unveiled a plaque to commemorate the occasion. The Duke was then invited to plant a tree close to the entrance of the centre, as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy tree-planting initiative to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee.

Commenting on the visit, Rob Ferris said: “We are very grateful to HRH The Duke of Kent for making the time to visit us today. It has taken a huge effort by our team to get this new facility planned and built, and it is really exciting to now see its official opening. This new innovation centre will give us space to grow as a business, by expanding our range of services, helping us win important new contracts, and providing new job opportunities in our local area.”

The new facility has been designed to work in harmony with its local environment. The site is designed to harvest its own water from boreholes. It has a state of the art solar roof which provides all of its power, with air source heating for its offices. The surrounding area will have over 3,000 trees planted, to help it blend with its rural location and promote bio-diversity.

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