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MTL Group awarded major offshore renewables contract

posted 20 May 2011, 01:27 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 20 May 2011, 01:28 ]
MTL Group, one of Europe’s leading project manufacturing companies has been awarded a multimillion pound contract to supply 97 Boat Landing Systems to a leading European foundations manufacturer for a German offshore wind farm in the North Sea.

Specialising in batch fabrications with the ability to manufacture structure up to 400 tonnes in weight, Rotherham based MTL Group is one of the fastest growing project manufacturing specialists in the metals sector and is the UK's leading secondary steelwork supplier of boat landing systems who also supply working platforms, plate beams and nodes.

The contract which is MTL Group’s largest export contract to date will use all of the company’s processing equipment which includes large format hi definition plasma & laser cutting, robotic tube cutting, automated robot welding and CNC machining.

Dr Henry Shirman, Managing Director said “This is a major breakthrough for us in the European offshore wind market. In order to meet the high standards to the offshore sector, MTL Group has undergone the necessary audits to be accredited to supply offshore fabrications”

“The other main area our customers are benefiting from is our on-going investment in the latest state of the art equipment offering existing and new customers an enhanced value proposition. This has been well received by our customers in the offshore sector”

MTL Group has worked closely with DECC to increase the UK supply of secondary steelwork for the offshore wind sector. With DECC’s support MTL Group has invested in state of the art machinery that meets the requirements of this growing sector.

Charles Hendry, Minister of State for Energy said:

“MTL Group is a fine example of the engineering excellence that already exists here in the UK and I am delighted that our support has led to the company winning this lucrative contract. The government is committed to helping more British companies to follow MTL Group’s lead.”

“I want the UK to be a leader in the development and demonstration of new technologies for the growing offshore wind sector, and I am keen to see the UK supply chain grow to support this.”

Work is due to commence on the project at the group’s advanced manufacturing facility in Rotherham in July 2011, with the final delivery of boat landings to be delivered by March 2012.