Published 9th November 2021 at 4:43pm

Lontra, the innovative developer, manufacturer and exporter of high value industrial machinery for critical industries is opening a £17m Smart Factory in South Yorkshire, generating a world-class manufacturing line.

South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SYMCA) will partner with Lontra to support the new Smart Factory based in Doncaster, by providing a grant and loan package totalling over £7m through the South Yorkshire Renewal Fund*, with approximately £10m of private sector match funding by Lontra.

Lontra and South Yorkshire MCA share the same focus for sustainable growth and a commitment to supporting innovation and skills development, whilst providing greener and smarter manufacturing solutions. The partnership will contribute to the region’s growth, creating over 300 new jobs with more across the regional supply chain, operating Lontra’s global exports base for their energy saving compressor machine.

The opening of the factory highlights an important partnership between South Yorkshire MCA and Lontra, who share the same focus for sustainable growth and a commitment to supporting innovation and skills development, whilst providing greener and smarter manufacturing solutions.

Lontra’s factory brings together three unified initiatives: regeneration, reliable and electric compressor production, whilst setting a standard for the future of all critical industries using industrial compressed air systems.

The factory space, an impressive 105,035 square footage, will manufacture energy saving products for world-wide food manufacture, pharmaceutical products and water treatment, amongs others.  These high value products will be exported globally through Lontra’s international distribution network with distribution agreements secured.

Mayor of South Yorkshire, Dan Jarvis MP MBE said: “This is an exciting example of a UK innovator investing in South Yorkshire – further enhancing our reputation as a hub for advanced manufacturing.  The new smart factory will play a significant role in developing our economic plan for a stronger, greener and fairer region. It will create hundreds of great new jobs and boost our productivity and global exports.”

Steve Lindsey, Executive Chair of Lontra said: “We are thrilled to open our first factory in the region with the support of South Yorkshire MCA. This is a region that’s incredibly progressive and we are proud to be a part of their innovation story.

“We are honoured to bring a commitment of long-term innovation and economic growth, both for Lontra as a business and for South Yorkshire. This is fantastic example of how South Yorkshire MCA, is supporting innovative SME’s to generate long term economic growth, high value job creation and drive UK exports.

*The South Yorkshire Renewal Fund seeks to deliver the ambitions of South Yorkshire’s Renewal Action Plan (RAP) and Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) with £339m of direct investment into the region.   The fund aims to create a Stronger, Greener, Fairer South Yorkshire for all.”

For more information about why Sheffield City Region is a great place to live, work and invest visit www.scrinvest.com.



About the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority

We are the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SYMCA).

Led by Mayor of South Yorkshire Dan Jarvis, we bring together the local authorities of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield and the private sector through our Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

The Mayor, MCA and LEP have a shared purpose to create a stronger, greener, fairer South Yorkshire. We work together to unlock the potential of our people, businesses and places and ensure they prosper.

Our Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) provides the blueprint for how we will transform our region. We will keep people and businesses moving and help them grow, delivering a world-class public transport network and attracting investment to create a stronger, greener, fairer South Yorkshire by 2040.

Our vision is to grow an economy that works for everyone. We will develop inclusive and sustainable approaches that build on our strengths in innovation and embrace the UK’s 4th Industrial Revolution, to contribute more to the country’s prosperity and enhance quality of life for all.

We have powers and resources, devolved from Westminster to South Yorkshire, which mean we can take decisions locally about our economy, transport, skills, housing and infrastructure.

We use these to create a vibrant, thriving South Yorkshire where people want to live and work.

We attract new investment to our region. We build the conditions for inclusive economic growth which benefits everyone. We help create good jobs, by backing businesses to grow, invest and locate in South Yorkshire.

We support people so they have the training and skills to find work, remain in work or progress in work. We help businesses secure the skills they need to be more productive and grow.


Press enquiries:

Nici Pickering, South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority nici.pickering@southyorkshire-ca.gov.uk

Marina Wood, Dragonfly PR Ltd or Rebecca Hart marina@dragonflypr.co.uk or rebecca@dragonflypr.co.uk or tel 0114 349 5341.