Witchford firm chosen for high profile contract

Ely-based Innomech appointed for EU backed clean energy programme
12th December 2013

A Witchford firm has been chosen to develop a high tech system for a major international energy company.

GB Innomech (Innomech) has been appointed by AFC Energy – the fuel cell energy developer for industry – to develop fuel cell manufacturing and disassembly equipment as part of an EU-backed programme to install commercial-scale clean energy plants.

The Fen firm will develop automated manufacturing equipment to assemble fuel cell stacks for the company’s EU-backed Power Up programme.

The work includes the development of automated equipment to dismantle stacks at the end of their working life, allowing key components and materials to be recycled and reused.

GB Innomech (Innomech) specialises in making highly complex and labour-intensive manufacturing processes to maximise outputs, improve product quality and boost business performance.

The company works with major international manufacturers in sectors like pharmaceuticals, medical devices and environmental, as well as earlier-stage businesses looking to bring breakthrough technologies or products to market.

Innomech has a growing market reputation for solving the toughest of manufacturing problems by the early identification and management of risk, often cross-fertilising technologies and techniques from a range of industry sectors.

The company was founded in 1990, and is based at The Innovation Centre in Witchford.

The firm was awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2009 to recognise its sustained growth in international markets.

The appointment is being made with the support of a four year €6.1 million (£4.9 m) EU development grant that will enable AFC Energy and the Power Up consortium to develop and install commercial-scale energy generation plants using hydrogen as a fuel source.

Tim Mead, commercial director at Innomech, said: “Innomech has always been committed to minimising the environmental impact of its own business so we are delighted to be involved in such a high profile, clean energy project.

“The Power Up project will draw on our skills in robotic handling, machine vision and manufacturing traceability, as well as our experience in helping industrial clients to bring exciting new technologies to market.”