Chloe Smith, Member of Parliament for Norwich North has visited Hellesdon-based space-industry company, Micross Components for a tour of their factory and to meet staff.
Chloe was invited to visit the company after she welcomed them to Westminster in January to attend the Parliamentary Space Committee’s Winter Reception. Chloe was keen to learn more about the work of Micross and their plans for expansion and growth.
Chloe, wearing a special cleanroom jacket, received a tour of their manufacturing facilities and spoke to staff about their work. Micross Components are based in Hellesdon and produce high-reliability semiconductor products that are specifically designed to withstand the rigours of space, including the shock, vibration and G-force associated with rocket launch and the extremes of temperature and radiation experienced during long term operation in earth orbit.
Chloe comments: “I have always been a genuine supporter of Norwich North businesses. Businesses come in all shapes and sizes, and it is really exciting to have a company like Micross, who produce specialist equipment for the Space Industry, in our city.
“There have been some disappointing stories of business closures recently and while these are always deeply worrying, there are many businesses in Norwich enjoying success. Unemployment is at a record low and there are good jobs in Norwich. It was good to meet businesses like Micross Components to learn more about their plans for expansion and new employment opportunities.”
Richard Gibbs, Managing Director of Micross comments: “Growth of the UK Space Industry forms a key part of the government’s recently published Industrial Strategy, so it was a great pleasure to host local MP Chloe Smith here at the Micross Norwich facility. Micross have been producing high reliability semiconductor products specifically designed to withstand the rigours of space for over 20 years. These include electronic components that can withstand the shock, vibration and G-force associated with rocket launch and the extremes of temperature and radiation experienced during long term, low earth orbit operation”.