INDUSTRIAL printer manufacturer Linx Printing Technologies is proposing to invest more than £6m in a purpose-built headquarters in St. Ives, it announced on Friday.

The major new development at Compass Point Business Park will unify the seven separate buildings Linx currently occupies, in Burrel Road, St Ives, into a single facility employing 250 people.

Linx is one of the world's leading manufacturers of industrial printers for coding and marking of packaging and products, and celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

Jennifer Honeycutt, Linx Managing Director, said: "At a time when the perception is of a contraction in British manufacturing, Linx is here to stay."

A planning application has been submitted to Huntingdonshire District Council and, if approved, Linx hopes to transfer from its current HQ in spring 2013.

The new site would comprise research and development laboratories, manufacturing and assembly areas, customer training facilities, offices, and storage and distribution areas occupying approximately 41,000 sq ft.

Linx products code and mark millions of items every day, ranging from bottles, packages and cans of consumer goods to pharmaceutical products, cabling, electrical components and car parts.