Tharsus, the UK’s leading designer and manufacturer of commercial robotics, has opened a new office in Cambridge to facilitate better access and support to its existing and future customers. The new office based in Vision Park in Histon will strengthen the company’s position as one of the UK’s fastest growing technology businesses.
Headquartered in Northumberland, Tharsus helps ambitious companies take advantage of emerging robotics and machine technologies to disrupt, lead and grow their markets. They count Ocado, BT, Rapiscan, and 3M among their clients and most recently, they were unveiled as the long-term partner in Ocado’s warehouse automation project. The two companies have been working closely together since 2013 when Tharsus first became the official co-designer and manufacturer of the robotic vehicle that now forms the foundation of the game-changing Ocado Smart Platform.
Speaking from the new office in Compass House, Tharsus Chief Commercial Officer Tim Ensor, said: “We have been considering Cambridge as a base for our new office for some time. As a city renowned for being one of the top three technology hubs in the world it offers easy access to companies in East Anglia, the East Midlands and the South East. By opening this new office, we have simultaneously increased our access to customers, suppliers and talent of which we hope to capitalise on the abundance of people with technical capabilities drawn to the area by the Science Park and University.”
Tharsus has experienced momentous growth in recent years with a record financial year in 2016 and headcount increasing from 73 in 2015 to 130 employees in 2017. This growth is expected to continue as demand for the company’s expertise in machine technologies continues to grow.
“The growth of robotics, both in the UK and around the globe is happening at an astounding pace, and we believe it will only increase, in both speed and scale” stated Ensor. “As more and more customers request our help in turning their game changing ideas into commercial products, the variety of challenges we are presented with requires even more innovative solutions. Investing in locations in areas at the cutting edge of technology, demonstrates our commitment to offering our customers the very best in technology and expertise to help them on their journey to commercial robotics success.”
The new office in Cambridge is Tharsus’ second new office opening this year, following the unveiling of its Durham office in January. The two new locations sit alongside Tharsus’ headquarters and factory in Northumberland which has seen significant investment of late. The company has strong recruitment plans for 2018 and earlier this month announced participation in the London Stock Exchange’s ELITE programme which enhances the growth prospects of member companies through a unique package of education, business support and access to investors.