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