NanoAvionics, a leading nanosatellite manufacturer and mission integrator, has chosen Basingstoke as the home for its new satellite factory as well as its sales, technical support and R&D activities
Having already developed a hub in Lithuania and two in the USA, the move to Basing View, entirely financed by NanoAvionics, is a first step for its UK growth plans by creating jobs in the space sector and a local technology cluster with a dedicated supply chain of companies in Britain. Announcing the plans, the company thanked EM3 for its support with the move.
Heading the company’s operations in the UK is Robin Sampson, business development manager for NanoAvionics UK and Western Europe.
“The ambition which the UK has shown in competing within the global space industry resonates with NanoAvionics and brought us to the UK in the first place. One of the reasons that we’ve doubled-down on our investment in the UK, is that we see the potential to conduct world-class industrial research and development here. 5G telecoms and IoT technologies are set to play a big part in all of our futures and NanoAvionics is well equipped to support and benefit from the UK’s positioning in this key enabling technology and we look forward to connecting with the 5G Innovation Centre at the University of Surrey.”
Basingstoke is a great location for us because it offers a good and quick connection to other important locations in the UK. And Belvedere House, in the town centre of Basingstoke, offered NanoAvionics a suitable space to install a cleanroom and all the necessary equipment for our nanosatellite production, with an opportunity to scale. I’d particularly like to thank Enterprise M3 for their help in enabling our move.
Francesca Caramelle, trade & investment coordinator at M3 Enterprise said:
The addition of an ambitious company like NanoAvionics to the growing EM3 space cluster demonstrates the confidence the space sector has in both the cluster – which is now valued at over £9billion – and the wider EM3 region. Enterprise M3 LEP is looking forward to a close, collaborative relationship with NanoAvionics following the opening of their UK office in Belvedere House and seeing first-hand how new, innovative and high-tech jobs can help add to the opportunities available in Basingstoke.
The official opening of NanoAvionics’ new facility will take place on 19 November 2020.
Leader of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Cllr Ken Rhatigan said:
I am delighted that NanoAvionics has chosen to invest in Basingstoke. This decision is a real vote of confidence in what our borough has to offer for businesses as our economy recovers from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As Basingstoke has been named as one of the top UK locations for investment in growing technology companies, NanoAvionics is a welcome addition to Basing View and joins a number of other companies who are leading the way in developing technology that will transform the way we live in the future.
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