Contract manufacturer's £2m investment sparks recruitment drive

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The new investments include a new large-format fibre laser cutting system and a 640-tonne press brake. (Image: MTL)

Contract manufacturing specialists MTL Advanced, based in Rotheram, UK, has recently invested £2 million into new equipment to address demand from the defence and construction industries.

The new investments, which include a new large-format fibre laser cutting system and a 640-tonne press brake, have led to the firm launching a recruitment drive.

The firm commissioned a new 6 x 2.5m 10kW 3060 TruLaser system from Trumpf earlier this month. This was a welcome addition to the company’s already extensive profiling cell, which includes two other 6 x 2.5m lasers, a 20 x 3.2m bevel laser and a large 25 x 5m high-definition plasma cutting machine, on top of four other laser cutting machines.

The new fibre laser will provide MTL with a significant boost in productivity, allowing it to offer better cutting lead times and improved contour quality to customers for large profiles of up to 30mm in thickness.

The new laser follows another major investment last month: a 4.5m wide, 640-tonne Ursviken press brake. Now boasting three 640-tonne presses, including two that are 7.2m wide, MTL has strengthened its position as a go-to contract manufacturer for large cut and fold requirements in mild steel, wear-resistant steel, aluminium, stainless steel, and armoured materials.

Back in May the firm also purchased two new Hartford machining centres to boost its CNC milling capacity, which together with the more recent investments has resulted in many additional job vacancies across the business.

‘Investing in the very latest technology continues to strengthen our position as one of the UK’s leading contract manufacturers and we are extremely pleased with our recent purchases as this reinforces our ability to handle large multi-million pound projects,’ said Karl Stewart, general manager at MTL. ‘We have just secured new long-term orders in excess of £10m this month, with production starting in the new year, and these new additions to our machinery line-up will enable us to meet the demands of these contracts. These are really exciting times for MTL as we approach 2022 with a very strong order book and this has created many exciting new vacancies to join our operations here in Rotherham.’

The firm has just advertised around 40 new vacancies on the back of the recent investments and contract wins. These include, to name a few: seven laser operators and general operatives, four welders/fabricators, four CNC millers, two press brake operators, two paint sprayers, two material handlers, as well as various project engineers, supervisors, training officers, and sales estimator positions.

These new job roles come in addition to MTL’s recent major apprentice recruitment scheme, which has already seen the firm hire 12 new commercial and technical apprentices in September, as well as four new recruits, as part of the nationwide KickStart campaign. This is a national scheme aimed at getting 16-24 year-olds who were previously at risk of long-term unemployment, into work.

Stewart added: ‘Investing in the next generation of talented engineers is critical to our ongoing success and we now have dedicated trainers in the factory whose sole purpose is to mentor and upskill our home-grown workforce. We are now gearing up our operations ahead of these major future contracts, and our recent investments in training and modern machinery will enable us to proactively plan our forward growth and attract the required new talent into the business.’







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