The rapidly growing Burton company with factories in the United States and China


A large Burton company at the forefront of its industry is making waves around the world with factories in the United States and China.

Briggs of Burton PLC, in Derby Street, is an engineering firm with significant ties to the city’s brewing industry for hundreds of years.

Leading companies around the world are using “turnkey” equipment created by Briggs engineers, with major breakthroughs in the food and pharmaceutical industries in recent years.

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And now, the company’s rapid expansion has been recognized in the 2021 Make UK Manufacturing Awards.

The awards celebrate the best of UK manufacturing and engineering – and Briggs was honored with a nomination in the Business Growth and Strategy Award category.

It follows years of steady growth, including the launch of a multi-million pound global tech center in Burton. Today, the company has ambitious plans to double its revenue over the next three years.

Managing Director Robert Buxton said: “Receiving second prize in the Business Growth and Strategy Award shows the hard work and resilience of our team as they continue to champion leading engineering methods in UK industry.

“With a series of new developments to be announced in the near future, we are delighted to continue working hard to develop the industry and come back stronger next year.

“Briggs is growing its global footprint, continuing to design and design in Britain and, most importantly, realizing its future growth aspirations. “

Briggs’ story

Briggs has a history stretching back over 285 years, specializing in brewing equipment and engineering and known around the world for its turnkey brewing and distillation capabilities.

Started by Samuel Briggs in 1865, Briggs then acquired Thornewill & Warham, established in Burton in 1732.

Today, the company employs more than 200 people at five locations, including UK bases in Burton and Prestonpans, Scotland.

The company also has US sites in Rochester, New York, and Louiseville, Ky., As well as another base in Shanghai, China.

It provides “concept-to-completion engineering solutions” including the design of entire distilleries to the installation tailored to their customers’ specific needs.

The company says it “is leading the way in encouraging engineers and technical capabilities to drive efficiency gains and environmental improvements in all areas of manufacturing.”

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