Wind powers Staffordshire manufacturer to £8m in contracts

Posted on 11 Aug 2014 by Callum Bentley

A precision sheet metal specialist is exploiting the growth in offshore wind after it secured £8m of new contracts for two of the world’s largest manufacturing names.

Mec Com, which employs 120 people at its Hixon base, has staved off international competition to deliver assembly and testing for Siemens and a large manufacturing package for ALSTOM Grid.

Supported by strategic and financial assistance from the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS), the company has used the influx in new business to drive a £1m investment into a second facility, new CNC machining and welding capabilities.

Richard Bunce, managing director, explained: “Over the last six months we have enjoyed a rise in demand for new products, including machining and fabrication work for the offshore wind sector and orders from customers in power generation and food processing.

“Our ability to offer total manufacturing solutions has played a major role. More and more clients are looking to reduce their supplier base and overall procurement costs by placing more of their bill of material requirements with us…we’re only too happy to help.”

He continued: “As part of the growth, we’ve taken on 10 new people in customer support, purchasing, assembly and in engineering.”

MAS has been assisting Mec Com for some time, working with the management team to fine tune its business development strategy so that it can appeal to OEMs looking to outsource non-core manufacturing activities.

It has also helped with supply chain issues and introducing continuous improvement experts, who have advised on leadership structures and decision-making processes.

Richard concluded: “The external help is very welcome and we are currently looking at making the most of GROW:OffshoreWind as we anticipate significant growth in this sector.

“If things go well, we expect to turnover £16m by 2017 and increase the workforce to 150.”