Thursday, February 11, 2016

News: MTL Advanced signs multi-million pound export contract

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Rotherham manufacturing specialist, MTL Advanced has secured a massive order to supply armoured cabs to UAE armoured vehicle manufacturer, NIMR Automotive.

A project manufacturing specialist in the metal sector, the firm processes around 25,000 tonnes of material annually and is capable of handling all sizes and types of work from carbon steel to aluminium. It supplies leading names in sectors such as defence, construction, offshore and renewable energy, recycling and rail.

The Brinsworth site houses state of the art equipment and dedicated teams of engineers working on projects for clients such as BAE Systems, Rheinmetall, and General Dynamics.

Last year, the Lancashire-based WEC Group, which comprises 14 companies specialising in welding and fabrication, brought the company out of administration, saving 135 jobs.

The site is currently supplying armoured cabs for NIMR and MTL Advanced said that the new contract "reflects the quality and delivery performance achieved to date on the existing project."

With supply commencing in 2016 the new contract will run for 18 months and utilise the Rotherham factory. The cabs will be manufactured using dedicated 6 axis twin robot welding systems, complete with glass and a weapon mount system, before being painted in its new paint facility.

Karl Stewart, commercial director at MTL Advanced, said: "We are delighted to work with NIMR on this major project which demonstrates the strong partnership between the two companies and highlights NIMR's role in supporting economic growth of SMEs in the UK.

"Our exports continue to grow and we are now exporting to five continents. We have an impressive facility that is ideal for contract manufacturing high volume quality products. Our defence division also offers design optimisation and vehicle survivability solutions."

Problems with the previous NIMR contract contributed to MTL going into administration. The £25m contract was worth half of the group's sales but design changes and complexities caused delays, crippling cashflow and leading to losses of over £3m for the first eight months of the 2014 financial year.

Since rescuing the company, the WEC Group has embarked on a significant investment programme at the Brinsworth site, with £1m for new equipment and talks ongoing to acquire the site to enable future expansion.

MTL Advanced website

Images: MTL / NIMR

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