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Vita Opens Innovation Center

Technical Innovation Centre launched by MP


It has been a Budget Week like no other with a big focus on kick-starting the economy and ‘building back better’. At The Vita Group, we continue to invest in the future, ensuring we’re able to sustainably deliver the very best products and solutions for our customers for generations to come. As part of this mission, we are proud to unveil our fourth innovation hub with the launch of Vita’s new Innovation Centre in Accrington, Lancashire.

The Accrington Technical Innovation Centre will work in partnership with employees and customers across our European footprint to lead research, development, and collaboration on highly engineered and customized polyurethane foam, including driving forward sustainable solutions through the use of biopolyols.

Vita’s four state-of-the-art innovation centres in Accrington, Corby, Middleton and Lithuania collectively represent a £1.3m investment for the Group, 80% of which has been allocated to its sites in the North West.

The centre was officially opened by Sara Britcliffe MP for Hyndburn & Haslingden, at a virtual launch event hosted from the site in Accrington. It offered guests a virtual tour of the new facility, as well as an overview of the site from Group CEO Ian Robb and Technical MD Stuart Roby.

Joining via video link, Sara Britcliffe MP said: “The Innovation Centre is a fantastic example of the type of investment needed in our area to help make the vision of a levelling up agenda a reality. As we start to ease restrictions, I am eager to put Hyndburn & Haslingden firmly back on the map, and work with local businesses like The Vita Group to make our area an innovation hub for the entire region, bringing forward more exciting projects like this, driving jobs and growing the next generation of innovative businesses and facilities.”

A huge congratulations to all involved and welcome to our new colleagues who will help to make this new facility a world-class centre of excellence, combining Vita’s technical expertise in foam chemistry with the latest state-of-the-art testing equipment and systems.