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MTL Group relocating to Rotherham

posted 14 Jun 2010, 01:54 by RiDO Rotherham
Contract manufacturing specialist MTL Group will create 50 jobs in new premises in Rotherham as they expand their operations.

Following a management buyout in 2006, the business has more than doubled in size and is now relocating from its current Sheffield base to a new 300,000 square feet advanced manufacturing facility in Rotherham, which will house the company’s state of the art equipment and will provide space for continued expansion. 

MTL Group, which laser cuts, bends, machines and fabricates steel to customers’ requirements has a global blue-chip customer base including BAE, Caterpillar, Babcock and Renault Truck Defence. High profile projects include the supply of armoured belly-plates for increasing IED protection on British Army Vehicles in Afghanistan and key structural components for offshore windfarms.

The company has recently signed its largest-ever export contract worth £4m to supply components to a German defence and aerospace group. It has expanded its export markets beyond Europe to North Africa, Asia, the Middle East and North America.

The company has differentiated itself from its competitors by investing over £6m in world class equipment over the last four years including a 640 tonne Robot Press, and a Big-Bed Bevel Laser which is a 20m machine - both are the largest of their kind in the world. Over £2m is to be invested in the infrastructure of the new site to give a high efficiency, low energy facility. 

Managing Director Dr Henry Shirman commented; “By focusing on customer’s requirements we have expanded rapidly into new sectors and are now a world-leader supplying across the globe. The strategic investment in the new site will see MTL more than double in size and enable us to deliver a greater range of services to our customers.”

Yorkshire Forward is supporting the capital expansion with regional grant funding to support the 50 new jobs which will be created as a result of the move. MTL Group has also worked with Creative Sheffield and Rotherham Investment and Development Office on relocating to the new site. 

Simon Hill, Executive Director of Business at Yorkshire Forward commented; “MTL Group’s expansion and relocation is great news for the region; building on our international manufacturing offering and creating 50 new jobs. It demonstrates Yorkshire’s manufacturing strengths with MTL grasping the opportunities that exist for focussed specialist manufacturing which is the main focus of the new regional manufacturing strategy.”