Mercia expects business to flow from £300,000 water jet investment

merciaThe Midlands firm Mercia Architectural is to launch a new manufacturing service.

The Dudley-based company has invested £300,000 in the installation of a Dynamic Mach3 high pressure water jet cutting system and says it is setting its sights on winning new contracts in the automotive, aerospace and high value engineering fields. It claims to be the first manufacturer in the region to install such equipment.

Mercia – which helped spruce up Waterloo train station in time for the Olympic Games –employs 22 people at its Shaw Road factory and turns over £1.3m a year said it could boost the figure to £2m within the next 12 months and that would lead to taking more people on “and perhaps even increasing our number of current apprentices from two to four”.

The acquisition gives enables Mercia to accurately cut a range of materials at high speed, including composites, fiberglass, wood, plastic and titanium without creating thermal distortion or heat affected areas.

Managing director Warren Holland said: “We’ve established a strong reputation for our architectural metalwork and this had led to prestigious projects across the UK, including the Waterloo transport interchange contract and, currently, City Point in Lichfield.

“A lot of our competitors have laser cutting facilities, but very few have the capacity to provide state-of-the-art water jet cutting up to 200mm.”

The investment has been made possible by support from the Manufacturing Advisory Service, which secured £80,000 from the Regional Growth Fund.

Copyright Ken Hurst 2014


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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