The first reinvention of air compressor technology in more than 85 years has rolled off the production line of a £17m new smart factory at Finningley near Doncaster.
It’s been made by Lontra, an engineering technology company led by innovator Steve Lindsey, which is committed to answering increasing demand by quadrupling the production of their innovative LP2 Blade Blower year-on-year until 2025.
This plan is designed to meet growing industry requirements and provides the market with a new, environmentally sustainable solution for air delivery in industrial settings all over the world.
Mr Lindsey said: “Seeing the first LP2 Blower come off the production line was a real milestone moment for the business.
“This is the first commercial innovation seen in the air compressor market in 85 years and it can’t come soon enough. Heavy industry uses these products to deliver power to manufacturing lines, to drive furnaces, convey material and blow away granules in cement factories and crumbs in biscuit factories.
“All that blowing comes at a heavy cost to the environment. Compressors account for a staggering 10% of Europe’s industrial electricity use, which equates to more than 10TWh (Terawatt-hours) of power per year and some 4.3million tonnes of CO2 emissions.
“We have an innovation that has been designed and now manufactured in the UK, with the investment in our Smart Manufacturing Centre giving us the capability to scale up quickly to meet what we expect to be huge demand.”