The UK-based broadcast console manufacturer has announced the creation of a new dedicated R&D facility situated close to its Nutclough Mill HQ (pictured) in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.
The new facility, the Pennine Building, acknowledged Calrec’s rapid growth in recent times. A significant increase in R&D personnel has contributed to a growth in workforce of nearly 50% during the last two quarters. Ten new C++ and five Java software engineers have been appointed, while two project managers – one in new product development, one in software – have also been added to the R&D team. All of these staff will be accommodated in the Pennine Building, making a grand total of 40 in this part of the Calrec complex; the Nutclough Mill facility remains fully operational.
The company has also boosted its production team, appointing three new project managers and extra desk and module test engineers, and increased the customer support team.
In addition, European and US sales teams have both been enhanced. LA-based Dave Letson has rejoined Calrec to cover the Western US states, while Anthony Harrison and Theo Schulte have taken on responsibility for the Middle East/Africa and Germany, respectively. Michael Reddick has also joined Calrec, becoming sales manager for Northern Europe and Russia.
“Throughout the decades, Calrec has earned an outstanding reputation for innovation with a documented history of firsts: the first stereo broadcast console in 1977, the world’s first digitally controlled assignable mixing console in 1981, and the groundbreaking use of FPGA technology in 2007,” said Calrec’s managing director Roger Henderson. “Calrec’s recent growth can be seen as investment in the development of new firsts for the future.”