Thursday, June 2, 2011

News: Trade mission helps MTL secure Norwegian wind contract


An inward trade mission hosted by Team Humber Marine Alliance (THMA) and Enterprise Europe Yorkshire was crucial in helping Rotherham's MTL Group secure a multimillion pound deal for work on an offshore windfarm.

MTL Group is to supply 97 boat landing systems to Aker Solutions, the Norwegian energy group, for Nordsee Ost, a German offshore wind farm.

It is MTL's largest ever export order and came about after Hull-based THMA and Enterprise Europe Yorkshire attracted Windcluster Mid-Norway to the UK in the middle of last year.

Darren Taylor, business development manager for offshore and renewable energy at MTL, said: "The liaison work by Team Humber Marine Alliance was fundamental in us pursuing the opportunity we had identified with Aker in the North Sea. We needed a contact at Aker which coincided with the visit by Windcluster Mid-Norway who were able to give us the details and open the door to this fantastic new contract."

MTL secured the deal to supply boat landing systems with Aker Solutions following meetings in the UK and Norway. Manufacture will take place at MTL¹s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Rotherham and its dockside facility on the east coast.

Mark O'Reilly, director at THMA, said: "The mission was an important opportunity to showcase to the Norwegians the collective capabilities of the Humber's marine and renewable energy companies in a number of sectors, including defence, renewable energy and oil and gas."

MTL Group is one of the fastest growing project manufacturing specialists in the metals sector and is a global supplier of secondary steelwork. It works with a global blue-chip customer base in the defence, construction equipment, rail and off-shore wind energy sectors. They opened their 300,000 sq ft factory in Brinsworth in March.

MTL Group website



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