The knowledge and expertise of an international company are being shared after creating a new hi-tech training facility.

HMS Industrial Networks has launched a Customer Technology Centre with the aim of educating clients on the world of Industrial communications, the internet and how it can work for them and their businesses.

The new training site has been opened at the University of Warwick Science Park’s Venture Centre in Coventry, which is the company’s UK and Ireland base, and it is already exceeding all expectations.David Bradley-Folley, general manager of HMS Industrial Networks for the UK and Ireland, is pleased with how the new centre has been received.

“The Customer Technology Centre has been open for a couple of months and things are going very well,” he said.

We predicted that to start with, we would be using the centre once or twice a month for sessions, but we are already seeing that it is being used once or twice a week, which is absolutely fantastic.

“It demonstrates that there is a hunger for companies and our clients to find out more about our products, but is also allows us to train and inform them on new technologies like the IOT (Internet Of Things), IIOT (Industrial Internet Of Things), new network technologies and industry standards that affect them.”

The Swedish firm set-up its sales and marketing operations at the centre in 2011 and has been expanding since that time, adding more staff to its team and quadrupling its office space at the Venture Centre. HMS’s move to the UK was facilitated by the Science Park’s inward investment programme, UK Market Access Programme, which helped foreign-owned companies start and grow in the UK.

David added: “The science park, and the Venture Centre in particular, offers a great location, flexibility and is easily accessible and convenient for all.”

HMS Industrial Networks is a leading independent supplier of products for industrial communications, such as Anybus, IXXAT, eWON, Intensis and more. As well as the UK, the company has operations in Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Switzerland, China, France, Denmark, Italy, India, Japan, Finland and the USA.

Karen Aston, centre manager at the Venture Centre, said: “It is fantastic that HMS Industrial Networks has expanded within the centre once again.

“It shows how flexible the University of Warwick Science Park sites, including the Venture Centre, can be and that they can adapt to all of the requirements of new and existing businesses.

“The fact that the new centre is already doing so well is testament to the hard work of David and his team.”

Picture: (front) David Bradley-Folley, general manager of HMS Industrial Networks for the UK and Ireland, with Karen Aston, centre manager at the Venture Centre and (back) Martin Hoffert, Northern and ROW MU general manager.

Submitted on 02/12/2017