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Technology & Future

At the cutting edge of industrial technology

By Tomasz Rżysko, general manager, Renishaw sp. z o.o.


Renishaw is a world-leading metrology company operating in two key business areas, metrology and healthcare. Its machines can be found in advanced manufacturing operations around the world.

Given Poland's strength as a manufacturing economy, in particular the automotive and aerospace sector, it is natural for Renishaw to have been present in this market for over 16 years.

As a FTSE 250 company, Renishaw is flying the flag for British prowess in technology and innovation. The company supplies products and services in applications from jet engine manufacture to brain surgery. It is a leading company in additive manufacturing (or 3D metal printing), where machines print parts from metal powder. This relatively new technology has allowed the firm to move into the healthcare sector, where it is delivering exciting new solutions that bring vastly life-enhancing improvements to patients.

The firm develops innovative products intended to significantly advance its clients' operational performance – from improving manufacturing efficiencies and raising products quality, to maximising research capabilities and improving the efficacy of medical procedures.

On the metrology side, Renishaw's products help manufacturers maximise production output, significantly reduce the time taken to produce and inspect components, and keep their machines running reliably. In the fields of industrial automation and motion systems, Renishaw position measurement and calibration systems allow machine builders to manufacture highly accurate and reliable products. With its roots in the aerospace industry going back 45 years, Renishaw is well-known among manufactures who need the highest degree of precision to measure critical components.

In the healthcare sector the firm's technologies are helping within applications such as craniomaxillofacial surgery (essentially rebuilding human skulls and faces), dentistry, neurosurgery, chemical analysis and nanotechnology research. These include engineering solutions for stereotactic neurosurgery, diagnosis of infectious diseases, analytical tools that identify and characterise the chemistry and structure of materials, the supply of implants to hospitals and specialist design centres for craniomaxillofacial surgery, and products and services that allow dental labs to manufacture high-quality dental restorations.

Renishaw's experienced team is driving the firm's future growth through innovative and patented products, and processes, efficient high-quality manufacturing and the ability to provide local support in a growing number of geographies and markets. In Poland, the firm has an office in Warsaw, from which it services its many clients, most of whom represent the cutting-edge of manufacturing industry.

Throughout the life-cycle of all its product ranges, Renishaw is focused on providing innovative services to support ever-changing customer expectations and market requirements which become increasingly demanding. This means the firm needs to be flexible with its approach, supporting customer needs from initial purchase right through to product obsolescence, anywhere in the world.

Renishaw's strategy of investing heavily in R&D and engineering skills give its management team a longer-term view of the viability of new technologies.

The Renishaw business model is to identify customer needs, and then apply innovative engineering to deliver successful solution.

Continuing investment in new products development, plant and equipment, and facilities is the key to the Group's long-term strategy and prospects.

With over 4,000 skilled and motivated people employed around the world, Renishaw will continue to be at the leading edge of technological innovation.

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