Tharsus Group, one of the UK’s leading designers and manufacturers of automation and robotics equipment, has expanded its operation by opening a new office in County Durham.

The Northumberland-based business, which delivers commercial robotics and automated solutions to some of the world’s leading companies, opened an office at the North East Technology Park (NETPark) in Sedgefield, as part of an initiative to widen its access to the North East’s talented pool of engineering professionals.

The new office will primarily be used as a base to develop the software that is essential to the operation of Tharsus’s robotic solutions. It will also be a centre for further expanding the company’s core knowledge of robotics, in line with its 2017 business strategy.

NETPark is an internationally recognised location for science and technology companies in the UK which aims to provide a dynamic and supportive environment for ambitious, innovative, high-tech companies.

Tharsus CEO Brian Palmer said: “We are delighted to have opened our new site at NETPark.  This will make it easier for us to attract the best engineering talent to the Tharsus team so that we can continue to deliver game-changing robotic systems for our customers.

“The main focus for the new office is embedded firmware and developing our core knowledge in robotics, in line with our business strategy for 2017.”

Systems Manager Glenn Aitchison, who manages the new office, said: “Our new office space will allow us to take advantage of a wider available pool of talent from Durham, Newcastle, Sunderland and Teesside, and the surrounding areas. We’re hopeful that this will allow us to take on even more bright sparks and talented, high-calibre engineers in the coming months.”

Simon Goon, managing director of Business Durham, the economic development company for County Durham, said: “We’re delighted that Tharsus is joining NETPark and has recognised that Durham is a fantastic place to do business. They will have access to a highly skilled supply chain within the county and we look forward to seeing them thrive in the next few years.”