Vision systems manufacturer VREO has brought manufacturing home to the North East following a move into larger premises in North Shields.
The move into the new factory has enabled the company to install its own full surface mount production line and has seen it land a lucrative export deal.
The deal will see VREO supply its Unity USB3.0 product to The International Space Station in June, shortly after British Astronaut Tim Peake’s historic visit.
The expansion has been made possible after the firm secured a six-figure investment from the Finance for Business North East Accelerator Fund.
Founder Mark Vernon believes that the new factory is an important step in plans to become a UK-based vision manufacturer.
He said: “Our goal has always been to put the North East on the global stage and this is now being realised. Manufacturing all our products in-house opens up a range of new opportunities.”
Commercial director, Karen Weech, adeed: “The investment we received from Northstar Ventures has allowed us to expand our offering and increase manufacturing in the North East.
“Our technology has potential benefits for a range of industries and having a partner who believes in our ideas and shares our vision is invaluable.
“For Unity to have been selected as part of the vision system solution for The International Space Station is a testimony to North East design and manufacturing.”
The Unity USB3.0 interfaces allow a number of camera modules to be used to stream footage in full HD, in a range of industries including robotics, virtual reality, drones, oil & gas pipe inspection and industrial endoscopy.
View a video of the surface mount production line installation here: