Local MP, Johnny Mercer officially opened the Barden plant’s Family Festival to celebrate 50 years of manufacturing ball bearings in Plymouth.
Speaking as he addressed over 500 employees, their friends and families, Johnny said:
“Celebrating 50 years of manufacturing bearings in Plymouth is an outstanding achievement for the company, particularly, given the challenging global environment facing British manufacturers today.
“Barden and its employees should feel very proud of their achievements and of the significant contribution their company has made, and is making, to our local economy and to UK manufacturing.
“With the city of Plymouth having such as rich military history and the work Barden does supporting the UK aerospace and defence industry, it is clearly evident why Barden has had such a successful 50 years in Plymouth.”
In his speech to guests on the day, Jon Everett, Managing Director at Barden UK, commented:
“I would like to extend my thanks to the phenomenal employees, both past and present, who have supported and built the Barden Corporation to the successful organisation it is today – a key part of Schaeffler’s current and future aerospace capability.”
The Barden Corporation (UK) Limited specialises in the design and manufacture of high precision rolling bearings and integrated bearing assemblies for complex or critical applications such as aerospace, defence, medical and high performance vacuum pumps. The bearings have to withstand harsh conditions, including extreme temperatures, demanding load profiles and high speeds, which often means they are custom engineered for specific applications. By making use of advanced technologies and innovative solutions, Barden is able to enhance the performance of customers’ products.