Carrs boosted by engineering business

The agriculture, food and engineering group Carrs has seen its engineering business soar by a third on the back of strong demand in the UK and overseas.

The company’s fabrication arm, Bendalls, completed a contract for the supply of pressure vessels for a US nuclear decommissioning plant and is about to finish a major vessel at Sellafield. Bendalls has also won a multi-million pound contract to supply pressure vessels for a floating platform off the Shetland islands.

Wälischmiller, the group’s remote handling technology and robotics business, delivered three specialist robots for a de-commissioning plant in Germany and completed other significant contracts for master slave manipulators and remote handling equipment for customers in France, Japan and South Korea. Consequently, Wälischmiller has expanded its design and production engineering team and production capacity with a new €4 million factory at Markdorf on schedule to complete this summer.

Elsewhere in the business, the agricultural division benefitted from strong animal feed business in the US, UK and New Zealand while competition for the company’s three flour mills was “intense” and it was “reviewing operations”.

At the half way point in the year, chief executive Chris Holmes said he expected the company’s results for the year will be ahead of the expectations.

This material is protected by copyright Ken Hurst 2011.


About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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