Eastbourne leads the world in pump expertise

A ceremony marked the launch of a high-tech machining centre at an award-winning plant in Eastbourne.

Councillor David Tutt, Leader of Eastbourne Borough Council, attended the special event at pump manufacturer Alfa Laval in Birch Road.

He cut the ribbon to open the new Matsuura 630 machining centre which is the latest in a series of investments in the Eastbourne manufacturing site, and presented the company with the Frost and Sullivan award for 2013 Company of the Year in the European pumps market.

Councillor Tutt said, “Eastbourne’s reputation for world leading expertise in pump technology is well-founded and I am delighted that Alfa Laval has received this prestigious award to further boost the town’s standing in this regard.

“Visiting the plant, I am particularly impressed with the new precision machinery which enables parts to be made to exacting measurements of within a hundredth of a millimetre.”

Accepting the award on behalf of Alfa Laval was Russell Jones, its global pump portfolio manager, who thanked employees for their contribution to ‘best in class’ production which was one of the key factors in winning the award.

The accolade distinguished Alfa Laval for its best practices in addressing food and beverage industry needs and praised the company for ensuring its wide range of pumps met industry needs.

After a demonstration of the machinery, Cllr Tutt toured the production workshop and met employees.