EFG loan helps manufacturer build demonstrators


EFG loan helps manufacturer build demonstrators

A high-tech electronics company, which manufactures testing equipment used in the communications industry, has secured a £200k EFG loan from NatWest to build two new demonstrator models.

Robat Limited specialises in the manufacture of equipment to test large circuit boards known as backplanes. A backplane is used to connect different circuit boards or expansion cards and is widely used in the telecommunications, IT and defence markets.

The Bollington-based business is now gearing up for further growth by developing two new testing machines, to demonstrate its capabilities to potential buyers. Robat's customers include many multinational electronics manufacturers such as Google, Ericsson, Cisco, Oracle and Sun Microsystems.

Founded in 2000, Robat has invested heavily in research and development during the last ten years to become a market leader in the backplane testing sector. The company, which has a turnover of £1m, also has sales and engineering facilities in both the US and China to serve its global customer base.

Colin Barker, Managing Director of Robat, said: "A key part of our sales strategy is to offer potential customers the opportunity to see our range of products in action. By visiting their premises and giving them a live demonstration it ensures they can understand exactly how the products will benefit their business. It is essential for us to have the right kind of equipment in place to meet any enquiry from potential customers."

Mark Collier, Business Development Manager from NatWest, said: "Robat is a great example of a successful UK business which manufactures and exports a quality, niche product. Its directors have a wealth of experience and have built a strong international client base. We are very happy to support them."

For further information please contact:

Mark Lester
Regional Communications Manager, NatWest
Tel: +44 (0) 7917 598 585
Email: mark.lester@rbs.co.uk

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