Tuesday, April 15, 2014

News: MTL Group targets Asian market


Rotherham manufacturing specialist, MTL Group, is in Malaysia this week hoping to secure further export contracts at the Defence Services Asia 2014 (DSA 2014) exhibition, one of the world's top five defence shows.

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.

The Brinsworth firm stocks and processes around 30,000 tonnes of material annually, including in excess of 10,000 tonnes of quenched and tempered steels. It is one of the largest stockists and suppliers of armour plate in Europe and also specialises in blast floors and ballistic armour.

MTL handles multimillion pound contracts exporting to more than 40 countries worldwide. Major customers include BAE Systems, Rheinmetall, and General Dynamics, working in close partnership to produce critical parts for military applications.

Last year MTL secured a "significant export order" for fabricated and painted armoured vehicle hulls to a leading manufacturer of armoured vehicles that is globally renowned for producing some of the most advanced vehicles in the defence sector.

Following on from success in the African and Middle Eastern markets, MTL Group has moved its attention to the Asian market and will be showcasing its capabilities for the first time in Asia at DSA 2014, joining more than 1,000 exhibitors from more than 50 countries worldwide.

Owen Hall, business development manager for Defence and Security at MTL Group, said: "The Asian market is an area we have seen significant growth over the past few years at MTL Group. As well as offering add on armour upgrades to existing vehicles, our customers are looking for support from the concept design stage to reduce weight, cost, welding and improve protection."

MTL Group will be showcasing several key armour components at DSA which include SMARTbend for blast and ballistic applications. Specialists in armour plate, MTL has developed new technology to give armoured vehicle manufacturers a lower cost, cold formed solution as an alternative to hot formed armour.

In addition to developing new technologies, MTL also offer a specialist added value engineering service for the defence sector where a dedicated team come together at the design stages, to review the customer's design and look at alternative processing methods to reduce weight, cost and increase the protection levels.

Hall added: "It is an exciting and busy time for MTL Group at the moment with more customers bringing their challenges to the table which is now ranging from hull optimisation to testing and validating vehicles designs within 12 months."

MTL Group website

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