Duke of York flies in to open new £1m facility

PUBLISHED: 13:32 04 October 2007 | UPDATED: 12:52 04 May 2010

Chairman and founder of Shearline, David Littlechild, shows Prince Andrew around.	Photos: GEOFF DURRANT

Chairman and founder of Shearline, David Littlechild, shows Prince Andrew around. Photos: GEOFF DURRANT

PRINCE Andrew flew into Ely last week to open a new £1 million business facility. He arrived by private helicopter as a special representative of International Trade and Investment and opened a new building for award-winning manufacturing and engineering

Prince Andrew is welcomed to Ely by Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Hugh Duberley.

PRINCE Andrew flew into Ely last week to open a new £1 million business facility.

He arrived by private helicopter as a special representative of International Trade and Investment and opened a new building for award-winning manufacturing and engineering company Shearline.

Damion Clark, from Shearline, said: "He made a really nice speech about Shearline's achievements. He talked about the marginal profits of UK engineering companies and seemed really touched at the progress we have made."

The Duke of York was taken on a tour of the facility, spoke to members of staff and learned about the latest manufacturing process being introduced.

The new 10,000 sq ft building features a number of state-of-the-art environmental features such as rain water collection and usage, and energy generated from wind power. Linked to the current Shearline factory, it will enable Hybrid Laser Tech, a precision laser-cutting company bought by Shearline in 2005, to become an integral part of the company's complete manufacturing offer to its customers.

David Lonsdale, Shearline's sales and marketing manager, said: "It was an honour to welcome His Royal Highness, The Duke of York to Shearline and we were delighted to show him around our facility and receive his praise as he officially opened the new building for Hybrid Laser Tech.

"The additional capabilities that Hybrid offers, coupled with our complete manufacturing service, reinforces Shearline's strong position in the industry and ensures we are in a robust position in an increasingly competitive market.

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