Winning INVENT 2015 Engineering, Expansion, Automation and Trade Mission to California 2016.
It has been a very busy and successful few months for the Skunkworks Surf Co. We fought hard for 6 months battling through round after round of pitching to finally win the top place in the Engineering category at Invent 2015, run by the Northern Ireland Science Park.
We have been bombarded with orders and enquires from across the globe for our range of boards, day in day out, so it became clear we needed to expand to be able to meet demand. So EXPANSION and AUTOMATION is the aim for the next 4 months. Our new factory is 15 times the size and sits right on the river. Paddle board testing will happen 30 seconds after the boards come of the production line!
Automation and design of a new and improved production process and automated machinery is key to our expansion. We have a group of the best engineers in the country working with us and we will be ramping up production in 2016. There is so much talent in this wee country of ours!
California here we come! January 2016, we will be heading out as part of the N.Ireland trade mission where we hope to nail down our plan for U.S expansion. Will we have our own manufacturing set up in SoCal? Who knows, we sure hope so and there is absolutely no reason why not!