Meteor Inkjet relocates to support growth

By Richard Stuart-Turner, Monday 10 September 2018

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Meteor Inkjet has relocated to a new, larger office at the Harston Mill complex in Harston, near Cambridge, to support its continued growth.

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From left: Ayling, Heidi Allen MP and Global Graphics chief executive Gary Fry

The business, an independent supplier of electronics and software to drive industrial inkjet printheads, has seen its sales more than double in the past two years, with 98% being exported to 20 countries around the world.

The firm’s 25 UK staff moved across from its previous leased premises in Melbourn, Cambridgeshire to the new long-term leased facility at Harston Mill at the end of May.

The move was marked on Friday (10 September) with an official opening event that hosted staff, partners and Conservative MP for South Cambridgeshire Heidi Allen, among other guests.

Meteor Inkjet managing director Clive Ayling said the company’s new facility boasts plenty of room for its growing team as well as purpose-built labs for developing, testing and demonstrating electronics, software and components.

“We were getting very tight on office, lab and stockroom space at our previous location, and we lacked sufficient room to host an increasing number of customer visits.

“The company has been doubling in size every two years for the last five or six years and as each increase comes, and as we start to match the size of some of the smaller companies we deal with, there are a few more people coming to see us rather than asking us to go to see them.”

He added: “The other reason for the move is that we want to be a good employer, and to attract the right sort of staff in the Cambridge area you need to have quite top notch facilities.

“So we thought it was important that we did something about that to ensure that we had the right environment for people so that they feel this is somewhere they might want to be for their working life.”

The company is able to use various facilities such as reception areas and meeting rooms within the complex, so while its dedicated space is around a third bigger than its old site, Ayling said the added use of other space at the site effectively gives the business double the space that it had before.

Earlier this year Meteor expanded its offering with the addition of the new HDC-GMA99 head driver, for use with Fujifilm Dimatix Samba GMA 99 printheads.

The company, which works closely with all of the major industrial inkjet printhead manufacturers, was acquired by print software developer Global Graphics in December 2016.

As well as its 25 staff in the UK, the business has 10 staff working overseas, in countries including China, Japan and the US, and it continues to actively recruit.

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