Lontra opens new Technology Centre

Jun 3, 2016 | 2016, In the Press

Lontra, the Midlands-based engineering company behind the innovative Blade Compressor®, has launched a state-of-the art Technology Centre to accelerate the advancements of its trademark oil-free compressor technology.

Lontra’s Technology Centre is a world-class facility usually restricted to universities and multinational firms. The capabilities offered by the Technology Centre will deliver greater energy efficiency and reliability to the compressor market than ever before.

The Lontra team in front of the new Technology Centre. June 2016


Lontra has significantly invested in its R&D capabilities to further develop its expertise and market competitiveness. Its ongoing partnerships with global leader Sulzer and Shield Group Engineering have provided the opportunity for Lontra to compete on an international level in a market worth £25 billion.

Today, the Blade Compressor® is licensed and produced worldwide. These advanced testing facilities create an environment suitable for controlling and accurately measuring the true performance of Lontra compressors. Furthermore the testing will enable the company to rapidly progress future designs. Consequently delivering these advancements to new sectors which rely upon compression technology.


Steve Lindsey, CEO at Lontra, commented:

“The opening of our new Technology Centre is a significant milestone for Lontra. This new suite will take our technology to the next level and push the capabilities of our compressor to new limits. As a result we foresee that this will enable us to develop our product for new applications, enter new markets and craft further innovations.”

Rt Hon Jeremy Wright QC MP, Attorney General and MP for Kenilworth, added:

“Lontra’s new Technology Centre is a fantastic investment for the UK’s engineering industry and will hugely benefit the local economy. The recognition that they have received through the significant support it has won is enormously encouraging. Its global success is helping the Midlands finally become an important hub for engineering innovation.”

Innovate UK’s West Midlands Regional Manager, Peter Dirken said:

“Innovate UK is proud to support pioneering British companies. Those that drive productivity and create the industries and jobs of the future. Lontra is a great example of this and we therefore wish them continued success and growth.”

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