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Hixon firm celebrates £8 million contracts boost

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: August 12, 2014

Mec Com MD Richard Bunce

Mec Com MD Richard Bunce

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A HIXON-based precision sheet metal specialist firm is celebrating an £8 million contracts boost.

Mec Com is taking advantage of the growth in offshore wind energy and has won £8m of new contracts for two of the world’s largest manufacturing names.

The firm, which employs 120 people at its base on Hixon’s Airfield industrial estate, beat off international competition to deliver assembly and testing for Siemens and a large manufacturing package for Alstom Grid.

Supported by strategic and financial assistance from the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS), the company has used the influx in new business to fund a £1m investment into a second manufacturing facility and new machining and welding capabilities.

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Managing director Richard Bunce said: “Over the last six months we have enjoyed a rise in demand for new products, including machining and fabrication work for the offshore wind sector and orders from customers in power generation and food processing.

“Our ability to offer total manufacturing solutions has played a major role. More and more clients are looking to reduce their supplier base and overall procurement costs by placing more of their bill of material requirements with us.

“We’re only too happy to help.”

As a result of the growth, Mec Com has taken on 10 new staff, who are working in customer support, purchasing, assembly and engineering.”

Mr Bunce said the firm was expecting continued growth in the alternative energy sector.

“If things go well, we expect to turnover £16m by 2017 and increase the workforce to 150,” he said

Mec Com is part of the Midlands Assembly Network (MAN), a 10-strong group of world class manufacturers who work together to win work at home and abroad.

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