Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hive Provides Home for Growing R&D Company; RESEARCH

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hive Provides Home for Growing R&D Company; RESEARCH

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Byline: ROBERT GIBSON robert.gibson@ncjmedia.co.uk

TEESSIDE company Applied Integration has marked its 10th anniversary by opening its first research and development facility as its pursues plans to double turnover to PS8m within five years.

Based in Fusion Hive, Stockton's new multi-million pound business and innovation centre, the new base is designed to help the Stokesley firm remain competitive in the market by housing some of its most innovative R&D projects, focused on the development of new systems, increasing process efficiency and reducing costs and development times.

Applied Integration, which employs 35 staff including six apprentices, provides complex control solutions to the oil, gas, petrochemical and food processing sectors.

It also boasts a number of highprofile, long-term contracts to design and develop automation and control systems for the UK's future nuclear deterrent, the Astute class submarine, on behalf of the Ministry of Defence.

The company, which won the Teesside Manufacturing Award in the 2015 North East Business Awards and was twice shortlisted as Teesside Company of the Year, says it is riding on the crest of a wave a decade after its foundation.

But directors Lee Raywood, Graham King, Roy Coleman and Garry Lofthouse are determined to ensure it remains at the forefront of their industry.

Mr Lofthouse said: "With the advancements in modern day technology, research and development is becoming increasingly important for companies who want to stay ahead of the game.

"Firms need to become leaner, smarter and more efficient than their competitors. …

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