Monday, October 27, 2014

News: MTL expands cutting division

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To keep up with high demand, Rotherham-based project manufacturing specialist, MTL Group, has expanded its cutting division to operate on a fully functional 24/7 basis.

MTL Group is one of Europe's fastest growing project manufacturing specialists in the metal sector and is a global exporter of secondary steelwork. It works with a global blue-chip customer base in the defence, construction equipment, rail and off-shore wind energy sectors.

Capacity has been increased due to an influx of orders, including its third significant contract for armoured hulls with a leading manufacturer of armoured vehicles. In 2011 MTL was awarded its largest ever export to supply 97 boat landing systems to a leading European foundations manufacturer, for a German offshore wind farm.

Since moving to a new facility at Brinsworth in Rotherham in 2011, where it employs over 350 staff, MTL almost doubled its export sales to £7.3m. Supplying international blue-chip customers such as Bombardier, Rheinmetall and BAE Systems, MTL uses state of the art equipment at the 300,000 sq ft modern manufacturing facility and boasts thirteen cutting machines, including laser, waterjet, flame cutting and high definition plasma. It operates the world's largest bevel laser which is 20m long.

Karl Stewart, sales director at MTL Group, said: "This increase in capacity means that we can now offer our customers an even faster turnaround for all standard cutting jobs, from the time of the order placed to the material being cut. Our delivery performance is in excess of 98%.

"To achieve optimum efficiency for our customers, these machines are all located within our 300,000 sq ft manufacturing facility in Rotherham. Increasing capacity in our cutting bay gives us in excess of 2,000 hours per week.

"The overall goal is to increase efficiency for our customers. This is being achieved by increasing capacity on our cutting machines, and consistently striving to provide a fast turnaround without sacrificing quality."

In addition to its cutting service, the firm also has a machining, rolling and press braking capability of up to 7.3m. This helps MTl to maintain a wide and varied customer base by offering a full turnkey process which also includes bending, machining and welded assemblies. The company also carries an extensive range of material in stock, from mild steel to quenched and tempered steels, and high strength strip mill plate.

MTL estimates that it has invested £6m in world class equipment and remains at the forefront of technological advancements, regularly updating machinery and processes.

MTL Group website

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