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25th Jan, 2022

Electronics firm plugged into expanded design office as business booms

A DESIGNER and manufacturer of power electronics has expanded after great success over the past couple of years.

Lyra Electronics, based at the University of Warwick’s Wellesbourne campus, recently acquired a new office on the site to be used as a design office, completely separate to its lab.

The firm creates a wide range of high-efficiency power electronics – components such as chargers, converters and inverters – for clients in a range of sectors such as automotive, energy, and aerospace.

Lyra was co-founded by Pete James and Mike Evans in 2011. While power electronics already existed, such as in industrial applications, they realised there was a growing requirement in the market for making them more portable, able to operate at a range of temperatures in vehicles.

The firm originally moved into the Venture Centre at the University of Warwick Science Park in 2012 as part of its Ignite programme, which helps start-ups access business support, office space and advice from the Science Park’s team.

Lyra grew steadily over the years, with moves to UWSP’s site in Blythe Valley and later to the University’s Wellesbourne campus in that time.

And the growth seen in the last two years has been the fastest yet.

Pete said: “In 2019, we had 12 employees and turned over around £900,000. Two years later, we have 37 employees and turn over around £2.6million – so we have grown very quickly in a short space of time.

“We had been based at the Wellesbourne campus of University of Warwick since 2015, and our engineers needed more space to separate their design work from their testing and prototype manufacturing work. Everything was done in our one office and it was becoming very cramped after our rapid growth.

“The University of Warwick Science Park was able to secure us a new office, which means we can spread out our work and make our designing and testing processes more efficient.”

And Matthew Taylor, Chief Operating Officer at Lyra Electronics, added it was an exciting time for the firm.

“We have 12 to 13 projects on the go at the moment thanks to strong demand from the industries we work with and our recent successes.

“We’re currently working with the likes of JLR, BMW, the Advanced Propulsion Centre, and even a project to convert all ambulances into zero-emission electric vehicles. We’re hopeful our new design studio will enable us to work more efficiently on these many projects and will give us room to expand even further.”

 

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