Firm looks to build on growth with new production line

Mark Vernon and Karen Weech at Vreo's new site on West Chirton North Industrial Estate.
Mark Vernon and Karen Weech at Vreo's new site on West Chirton North Industrial Estate.
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An expanding company is looking to add more household names to its customer base after creating its own production line.

Vreo designs electronics and optoelectronic circuitss as well as developing imaging systems using cameras.

We want to be a vision partner for a lot of companies. We’re looking forward to the future

Mark Vernon

Previously, owner Mark Vernon had to outsource his production but is looking to a brighter future after opening his own production line at a new base on West Chirton North Industrial Estate in North Shields.

Mr Vernon, who recently took on Ross Embleton as a full-time engineer after securing a grant from Generation NE, is hoping the 2,400sq ft factory will help create several new jobs in the future.

Speaking to the News Guardian, he said: “It’s just the two of us at the moment but we want to grow to strengthen the engineering side.

“We want to increase the number of jobs and bringing a production line in will help.

“Business is growing steadily but we expect it to spike soon as people become more aware of our products and sample them.”

Mr Vernon started Vreo in October 2013 as a consultancy before developing and selling his first component in May 2014 and already has Sony and NASA among his customers while sells to 19 countries.

He added: “We want to be a vision partner for a lot of companies. We’re looking forward to the future.”

“We’re getting ready for an increase in demand. This is the first big step in our business plan to grow.

“Our goal is to put the north east on the global stage.”

Mr Vernon, who has 20 years experience working with cameras and sensors, says it has always been a lifelong ambition to have his own factory.

“It had always been my dream to manufacture my own products and now it is a reality,” he said.

“I was always working for other people in their factories but I always wanted to do it for myself.

“I walk around this factory and I have to keep pinching myself, I can’t believe it.”

And now he is keen to play a role in helping bring business and jobs to North Tyneside.

“People need to manufacture their own products and keep jobs in the UK. We shouldn’t be outsourcing to other parts of the world.”

For more on the company visit .www.vreo.biz