Leading Staffordshire fabrication specialist, Mec Com has cast aside post-Brexit uncertainty to secure more than £1.5m of new orders in just six months.
Mec Com has seen turnover rise to £14m after it began working on the Siemens Alpha project utilising its solutions to offer component production, final assembly and testing capabilities. So fat, te project has led to the creation of 39 new positions.
Alongside an expanding workforce, the firm – part of the Manufacturing Assembly Network (MAN) – has also invested almost £500,000 in a new fibre laser, with further equipment investment reportedly planned for 2017. The 4kw laser increases the firm’s cutting speed up to three-times faster than a conventional CO2 machine and is capable of working with a diverse range of material from 0.5mm to 25mm thick
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Mec Com managing director, Richard Bunce explained: “We wish the Brexit vote hadn’t happened, but there’s no point stewing on it. Our management team sat down and looked at the short-term opportunities it presented and decided to push ahead with our growth plans and going after key accounts.
“This approach proved immediately successful and we are already eyeing new leads in the food processing sector. It’s not going to be easy and we’ll have to keep a watchful eye on what type of Brexit we actually go for. There is also a lot of uncertainty with the employees at our Romanian facility, which we are trying to alleviate as much as possible.”
The success that Mec Com has seen is based on a commitment to investing in the latest machinery and creating a global supply network that includes a Romanian sister plant in Cluj Napoca, as well as manufacturing agreements in China.
This approach allows it to competitively offer high, medium and low volume manufacturing services to clients operating in food processing, machine tool, medical, power and distribution and rail.
“Mec Com is a member of the Manufacturing Assembly Network, a nine-strong group of sub-contract manufacturers who work together to win orders and share best practice and resource.
It features member companies Alucast, Barkley Plastics, Brandauer, Grove Design, KimberMills International, Muller Holdings, PP Control & Automation and SMT Developments.
The collective, which enjoys more than £70m sales and employs over 750 people, can offer a wide scope of engineering disciplines, including automation and control systems, casting, design, forging, plastic injection moulding, PCB development and high volume pressings.
MAN has recently launched its own outsourcing cluster, which is targeting OEMs looking for strategic partners to handle non-core manufacturing operations.