China sales boost engineering company Renishaw

Beijing office
Image caption Renishaw's Beijing office has been relocated to the Chaoyang district

An increase in sales in China is helping to boost the fortunes of a Gloucestershire-based engineering company.

Renishaw, which has its base at Wotton-under-Edge, said the Chinese market had not been affected by the global downturn in business.

It said Chinese orders during the past financial year were up by 75%, helping to secure jobs in Gloucestershire.

Two new offices have now been opened in China to provide sales and services.

'Orders doubled'

"The market is being powered from China and is helping the company gain more business.

"We now have some 100 jobs vacancies open," he said.

In 2009 the company shed some 300 jobs and staff were put on a four-day week.

It started recruiting staff again in June after its order book had doubled during the previous 12 months.

The two new offices in China brings its number of offices there to eight.

The spokesman added that its Beijing office had also relocated to a larger facility in the city's Chaoyang district.

Renishaw has four sites in Gloucestershire, where more than 1,200 people are based.

It specialises in measurement, motion control, spectroscopy products and precision machining.

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