A business is going from strength to strength after openings its new premises.

Precision Acoustics Limited, which manufactures ultrasound measurement products for the medical and non-destructive testing (NDT) industries and supplies MHz ultrasound equipment, has opened a new purpose-built facility in Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester.

The company has been based in the Dorchester area since it was founded in 1994. Since then the business has grown and developed enormously.

The unveiling of the new site was a celebration of Dorset talent as well as several of Precision Acoustics’ suppliers and affiliates.

The guests included those involved with the design and construction of the impressive building, local architects Turner Associates and the building team, Gibson Construction.

Guests were treated to a delicious selection of Dorset’s finest Real Ale (Durdle Door and Dorset Knob), cider (Purbeck) and wine (Sherbourne Castle and Furleigh Estate) as well as canapés made by Manna Kitchen from entirely local produce.

Councillor David Taylor, Deputy Mayor of Dorchester, spoke about the impact that businesses like Precision Acoustics have on the local economy.

He said: “Dorchester is fast becoming a centre of excellence for top-end commerce. Precision Acoustics has consciously chosen to stay here and not relocate to one of the cities, utilising local talent and encouraging investment in people. It is a massive indicator to the wider sector that Dorchester is a manufacturing and technical hot spot.”

Gary Livingstone, MD of Precision Acoustics, spoke of the support he has had in the five years since he took ownership, alongside fellow shareholders Dr Andrew Hurrell and Dr Paul Morris.

He said: “We would not be here today in this fantastic facility without the Precision Acoustics team. I firmly believe and hope that every team member gets a sense of achievement and pride with the contributions they provide to the business and work they produce for the wider world of science and industry.”

He added: “The new facility has doubled Precision Acoustic’s footprint and has enabled an increase in its production capability as well as a continued growth in research and development activities. It was officially opened by one of the company’s founder, Terri Gill: "Gary promised me that Precision Acoustics would stay in Dorchester and this building is testament to his promise. It is great to see the company flourishing, which is due to all the outstanding staff, some of whom have worked for Precision Acoustics for many years. This building is a serious investment for the future, and I am honoured to declare it open."