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Company behind Clangers and Newzoids creates 40 jobs with new animation studio at Altrincham base

By David Prior at

Factory, the BAFTA-award winning animation studio behind the likes of Clangers and Newzoids, has opened a new state-of-the-art studio at its Altrincham base in a move that will create over 40 jobs.

Factory Creative Engine consolidates the production of sets, puppets and models, synthesising cutting edge technology with traditional methods under one roof.

The new facility will support all Factory’s current slate of productions and provides state-of-the-art character creation services for its clients.

Inside Factory’s new studio in Altrincham

It will also incorporate a temperature and climate controlled technical studio and laboratory to house its expanding 3D printing capabilities and CO2 laser cutters.

Jon Kershaw, Creative Engine Manager, will lead the new studio.

He said: “I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to be at the helm of Factory Creative Engine, which is a real leap forward for the studio; being so heavily involved in the design and build process, guiding the technical requirements and level of staffing required has been wonderful.”

Factory is the animation studio behind such TV hits as Clangers and Newzoids

Phil Chalk, MD of Factory, added: “We’re thrilled to be making such great headway with our ongoing ambition to create more of our own IP, which with Creative Engine, we can now offer a greatly enhanced, end to end creative service.

“The technology we use is at the very forefront, and combined with the traditional artisan production techniques, we have all bases covered for any show we work on, allowing us full creative freedom.”

Factory MD Phil Chalk with Keith Chapman, the creator of Bob the Builder and Paw Patrol

Factory has produced a huge range of shows at its Altrincham Business Park base, using varying animation styles including 2D, 3D CGI, Stop Motion and Live Action.

They have won multiple awards and nominations including BAFTAs, Kidscreen, International Emmy and Broadcast Awards for their creative output and animation work. Other shows include Scream Street, Becca’s Bunch and Strange Hill High.