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Record year for thriving Blackburn firm
5:59pm Monday 19th August 2013 in News
Meltech CRE is enjoying a record year, which looks set to continue with a raft of new business wins.
Meltech is a thriving privately-owned group of specialist engineering companies which design, manufacture and deliver high performance machinery and engineering solutions for the wire and cable, offshore and subsea, and metals processing industries.
Company orders have grown significantly during 2013, with an influx of new orders from Japan, Germany, and the Netherlands with a combined value in excess of £2.2m, which will keep the Meltech CRE (Continuous Rotary Extrusion) team busy until 2014. Further contracts are under negotiation in a host of export markets, including the Americas and several European countries.
Blackburn-based Meltech seems to be bucking an industry trend, which in recent years has seen this market polarise. “CRE is a specialist niche market with just a handful of players throughout the world,” said Peter Drever, managing director of Meltech CRE.
“Those concerned purely with the lowest price tend to choose Chinese-made equipment, while customers requiring reliable high performance equipment and support, quality engineering and innovation turn to UK suppliers, which is the only other country producing this specialist equipment. “Historically the quality end of the marketplace was dominated by just two players, until Holton Machinery was closed by its Finnish owners in 2007.
“Since then, Meltech has steadily built a strong reputation for expertise, innovation and quality.
“Major customers recognise that, backed up by in-house manufacture and a tightly controlled supply chain, the breadth and depth of our engineering team sets us apart from smaller firms.”
The recent business gains have been even more gratifying for Meltech, given market rumours that some UK competitors are struggling, with one believed to have ceased trading.
Meltech CRE is the world’s only integrated supplier of complete CRE production lines. The company’s standard production line includes every aspect needed to begin extrusion, with production, cooling, coiling and packaging and control all built in to ensure a fully integrated extrusion line.
Peter Drever said: “The end-to-end nature of our capabilities allows projects to benefit from the experience and professionalism of Meltech from top to bottom, giving our customers complete support and ensuring success.”
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