Made In Sheffield rising 150

Posted on 31 Mar 2010 by The Manufacturer

Made in Sheffield, the prestigious regional manufacturing brand, has named metals and forgings giant Firth Rixson as its 150th member.

Firth Rixson traces its Sheffield roots back to the 1840s. Today it is a global business with eleven manufacturing facilities in the UK, Hungary, China and the US.

Firth Rixson has an annual turnover of over £500m and employs 1500 people worldwide, including around 500 in Sheffield. It is at the vanguard of specialist engineering, supplying high-tech industries including aerospace, power generation, nuclear, off highway, medical and mining, along with oil and gas. Some 60% of its UK output is sold overseas to many globally recognised customers.

Firth Rixson CFO, Peter Bland, says: “Although we now boast the most significant global presence of any Sheffield company, we remain extremely proud of our local roots. Sheffield will always be associated with manufacturing excellence and recent years have seen us make significant technical advances in areas such as the development of new high-performance alloy products. We’re delighted that these, and other products made at our three Sheffield sites, will now carry the prestigious MIS logo.”

Made in Sheffield chairman, Charles Turner, adds: “The membership profile of ‘Made in Sheffield’ increasingly reflects the huge breadth of the city’s manufacturing activity. Firth Rixson is a major international player – a company that is making a significant contribution to the prosperity of the city and to its continuing reputation for quality and innovation.”

Any manufacturing company with a Sheffield postcode can apply to join the MIS brand. Current members range from manufacturing heavyweights such as Chesterfield Special Cylinders and Davy Markham to makers of consumer products such as Our Cow Molly ice cream and Edwin Jagger shaving accessories.