60 new jobs as Hydram sales increase by 60%

Hydram300The County Durham manufacturer Hydram Sheet Metalwork, has announced a 60% increase in sales, matched by the introduction of 60 new jobs over the last 18 months.

The firm – which supplies metal products and components to the likes of Alexander Dennis, Caterpillar, JCB and Thorn Lighting – said it had invested “significant time and money” into securing the ISO14001 environmental accreditation and ISO18001 health and safety standard as part of a push to win new contracts in the earth moving, transport and white goods markets.

With assistance from the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS), the management team has also committed to Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) training for a number of its workers.

“The management team made the conscious decision to continue to invest even during the recession and this has helped us to capitalise on the upturn,” explained Hydram’s safety, health & environment manager Andrew Robertson (left of picture).

Hydram, which employs 180 people at its 100,000 sq ft site, accessed grants to attain the ISO14001 and ISO18001 accreditations and says it has reduced its energy usage as well as cutting general waste by over 60%.

MAS Advisor Lynn Thompson (right of picture) said the company had also received “fantastic external support from Marek Bidwell at Bidwell Management Services”.

She added: “The creation of 60 jobs is a real local boost and all of these positions have been filled with the potential of more to come.”

Hydram is currently undertaking a £4m investment drive that has seen a gradual move towards more automation. Recent additions to the company’s plant include a Salvagnini panel bender, a Panasonic robot welder, an Adige tube cutting laser machine and an ELECT-52 tube bender.

This material is protected by copyright Ken Hurst 2013.

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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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