Wednesday, May 13, 2015

News: Metalcraft sharing in growth

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The Nuclear AMRC's £76m "Sharing in Growth" programme is living up to its name after engineering firm, Metalcraft secured a new contract, potentially worth £47m, to provide waste storage containers for the Sellafield nuclear site.


Based on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham, the Nuclear AMRC is a joint initiative between the University of Sheffield, The University of Manchester, and a consortium of industry partners.

The programme is backed by the government through a £38m grant from the Regional Growth Fund, and by industry leaders including Rolls-Royce. Participating companies receive a four-year programme of business development and training, tailored to the specific needs of their business. It includes high-intensity support for ten key suppliers and the support is worth around £1m per project.

Based in Cambridgeshire, Metalcraft manufactures equipment for some of the world's most hazardous and dangerous environments. It produces vessels, tanks and other components for civil nuclear sites across the UK and has supplier certification from Sellafield Ltd, Areva and Rolls-Royce. It joined the Nuclear AMRC's Civil Nuclear Sharing in Growth (CNSIG) programme in late 2013.

Incoming managing director Austen Adams set the company a target of growing its turnover from the current £14m to £50m within five years and winning new nuclear business – in new build, operations and decommissioning.

Adams led the restructuring of Metalcraft into three business units with distinct value streams. All three are now benefiting from CNSIG training and support.

Product Solutions, which focuses on volume work, has received targeted training in areas such as business improvement techniques and management, and has applied the learning to the shopfloor through a process improvement project involving a particularly challenging component.

Project Solutions, which focuses on large high-integrity projects, has received programme management training, honing the business into the shape.

Proactive Solutions, which focuses on short-track projects, has used the CNSIG training to get to grips with the specific requirements of the nuclear industry.

Austen Adams, managing director at Metalcraft, said: "CNSIG was a perfect fit for me when I arrived. While we had a great platform to work from, we needed to realign the business to meet the modern-day needs of the industry. For me, being part of CNSIG has been like having a team of helpers to facilitate that."

The involvement is beginning to pay off, as Metalcraft was named as one of two manufacturers who will equally share the Sellafield contract. Phase one of the project is worth between £5.25m and £8m and covers the set up and development of a production facility that will produce over 1,000 3 cubic metre storage boxes during phase two of the project, which will run over the next ten years.

Adams added:: "This is a landmark contract for the business and we're genuinely excited by the potential it offers. Since joining the Civil Nuclear Sharing in Growth programme just over 12 months ago, the team has invested a huge amount of time and effort to develop their understanding of the decommissioning process, honing the skills and processes required among the team, and this contract is just reward for all their hard work."

Metalcraft website
Nuclear AMRC website

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