Rob Freeman MBE, the Mayor of Guildford and the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey opened the Freeman Building, the new Vision Engineering’s HQ, design & innovation hub.
Send, Woking, June 2017: Vision Engineering Ltd, an award-winning manufacturer of ergonomic inspection and measurement microscopes, hosted a grand opening of its new global headquarters in Send on Tuesday 13th June. The new building was opened by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant and the Mayor of Guildford.
Vision Engineering’s new building is named in honour of Rob Freeman, MBE, a toolmaker who worked as a race mechanic with the Jaguar Racing Team and developed a borescope for inspecting internal race engine parts without the need for disassembly. Now aged 87, Rob Freeman is still Chairman of the growing company.
Vision Engineering was founded in 1958 and holds several patents on its high-tech optical systems, which it supplies to organisations all over the world that require high specification, ergonomic inspection and measurement systems in the automotive, aerospace, electronics, medical and mobile manufacturing sectors.
Employing 120 people at its headquarters in Send and more than 200 staff worldwide, with offices across Europe, North America and Asia, as well as a fully trained global distribution network, Vision Engineering is the only manufacturer of stereo microscopes left in the UK and will export 90 per cent of the products developed and manufactured at its new, purpose-built facility in Send.
The Freeman Building was built by Beard Construction of Brookwood, with BBF Fielding of Woking as the lead consultants and architects. The new global HQ and factory replaced the old 33,000 ft2 Send Road factory in Send and the 28,000 ft2 assembly, warehousing and commercial offices on the Monument Way West industrial estate, in Woking, UK.