06 December 2012

US-based Plexus to invest £9 million in Scottish expansion, Create 130 new jobs in Bathgate

- Opening a new facility in Pyramids Business Park, in Bathgate 
- Expand its Livingston Design Centre to larger premises 
- European centre of excellence for prototyping
- Receive up to £1 million of support through Scottish Enterprise 

06 December 2012 - To meet growing demand for Product Realization solutions, Plexus will expand their Scottish operations, creating 130 new jobs and a new facility in Bathgate. 

Having worked closely with Scottish Enterprise on funding support, Plexus will expand its UK manufacturing footprint by opening a new facility in the Pyramids Business Park, in Bathgate. It will also expand its Livingston Design Centre to larger premises at the same location. 

The new manufacturing facility will be approximately 47,000 sq ft and will include prototyping, manufacturing and warehousing areas. The site will complement Plexus’ existing manufacturing facility in Kelso as well as becoming a European centre of excellence for prototyping. The co-location of design, prototyping, and manufacturing in one facility, enhances the value proposition for Plexus customers and reinforces Plexus as the Product Realization Company in the UK. 

Welcoming the news, First Minister Alex Salmond said: "Plexus' decision to invest £9 million in expanding their Scottish operations will provide a welcome boost to the local economy, creating 130 new jobs and a new design, prototyping and manufacturing facility in Bathgate. 

"The Scottish Government and our enterprise agencies are focused on securing new jobs, and investment and Plexus expansion plans will receive up to £1 million of support through Scottish Enterprise. News that this international design and manufacturing firm is stepping up its Scottish operations is testament to the quality and skills of the West Lothian workforce and reinforces Scotland's reputation for excellence in innovation and manufacturing." 

Jim Watson, company growth director, Scottish Enterprise, added: "We've worked closely with Plexus to help it invest and expand in Scotland. This new package of support will allow the company to invest further in R&D, training and capital expenditure, helping Plexus realise its ambitious growth plans in Bathgate and ultimately driving home long-term growth for the Scottish economy." 

Source: Scottish Enterprise