Big move for F1 parts designers

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A THAME company that builds high-tech parts for Formula One cars is moving to a larger factory as part of an ongoing expansion.

Primary Designs, which provide a range of automobile engineering, is upgrading to a purpose-built 6,500 square foot factory in Thame Park Business Centre.

Founder Pat Barrett, a former engineer at Williams F1, said: “The factory is designed to be flexible; anything from a one-off system to significantly higher volumes can be accommodated.”

The new premises will allow the company to grow its range for Ferraris, Porsches and other supercars. The larger factory will mean an increase in local employment opportunities as the company continues to grow.

Barrett believes the new factory and enlarged workforce, up by 25 per cent in the last 12 months, will help offset the seasonal demands associated with professional motorsport.

Planned developments include more work in the aerospace sector where Primary Designs’ ability to weld specialised alloys is leading to enquiries.

“It’s designed to be flexible – anything from a one-off system to significantly higher volumes can be accommodated,” said Barrett.