Black Country SME set for international expansion

Posted on 11 Oct 2013 by The Manufacturer

A Black Country fastener specialist is geared up for international expansion following investment in its workforce and machinery saw exports double, securing 20% growth in the process.

Hague Fasteners, which now operates exclusively from its Willenhall facility, has seen its specialist fasteners and milled components shipped for use in high-profile oil and gas, transport and infrastructure projects in Asia, Australasia, Europe and the Middle East.

It has also been further strengthened by the acquisition of a 4-axis CNC machining centre, the launch of a new website and an online marketing campaign.

Jon Hague, Managing Director, said its no accident that the company’s international sales now account for almost 50% of its business, more than double the levels enjoyed prior to moving facility in 2008.

“There has been a massive shift in purchasing attitudes and customers are now actively seeking British made products and we’ve had to move quickly to take advantage of this,” he said.

He added: “The investment in the additional CNC machining centre gives us the ability to offer full 3D profiling, which is increasingly important for clients looking for complex and safety critical components.”

As part of its recent growth, Hague Fasteners has worked with Bournville College to identify and train three apprentices, meaning nearly a quarter of its workforce is now made up of employees under the age of 23.

General manager Mike Field said the increase in sales meant it was the right time was right to try and develop our own people.

“Bournville College has been excellent in making sure we get really high quality apprentices and Emma and Shane have already completed their first year.

“They’ve brought some real energy and, along with Dan, are having a really positive influence on our expansion.”