Engineering giant to invest £27m in new Nottingham base

How the new facility will look

Engineering giant ABB is spending more than £27m on a new facility at Clowes Developments’ Fairham Business Park, just outside of Nottingham.

The move will see ABB move over 100 staff from its current Wilford Road base to meet increased demand for Furse® earthing and lightning protection solutions.

The new 102,000 sq ft site is expected to open in early 2025 and will integrate advanced technology, flexible automation, R&D and testing and digital processes to boost production capacity and enhance efficiency and sustainability.

The ABB Installation Products Nottingham foundry has operated for over a century in the area where Furse originated in 1893.

Furse solutions from ABB Installation Products are engineered to provide earthing, lightning risk, and electronic systems and surge protection, helping safeguard structures and the electrical systems within. The products are used in more than 20 countries across a broad range of applications and environments, from data centers and medical facilities to essential infrastructure, utilities and renewable energy.

Khalid Mandri President, ABB installation products division, said: “This important investment builds on 130 years of Furse technology, enabling us to remain at the forefront of earthing and lightning protection and deliver solutions that improve safety and reliability for our customers. As part of our global growth strategy, we continue to expand our capabilities and capacity, further strengthening ABB’s manufacturing footprint and supply chain and regionalizing production of high-demand electrical solutions customers, installers and distribution partners need.”

He added: “Building this site in Nottinghamshire further reinforces our commitment to the industries we serve and to the community where we have operated for more than a century and want to continue to be a leading employer.”

ABB Installation Products currently has six locations in Europe in Belgium, France, Hungary, Italy, Switzerland and the UK.

Andrea Castella, Europe region leader, ABB Installation Products, said: “We are continually advancing solutions across electrification, and the earthing and lightning protection lifecycle. Our new facility is a leap forward in design and technology, positioning us for the future while enabling us to preserve resources and reduce energy and water consumption aligned with circularity and sustainability priorities across ABB’s operations.”