The engineering group RDM today unveiled a new advanced engineering and vehicle build centre, promising to create 25 new jobs and bring “exciting new projects” to Coventry where it claims to be one of the fastest growing manufacturing firms in the region.
The group, which currently employs 38 staff and is celebrating its 21st birthday, said it had invested over £400,000 on acquiring an additional 20,000 sq ft facility on the Bilton Industrial Estate and fitting it out with two state-of-the-art CNC machines, three injection moulding machines, a 3-axis router, laser engraver, the latest CAD/CAM software and a dedicated area for vehicle conversions and builds.
Backed by support from Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP), the company expects to develop new business, repatriate sub-contracted production from China and promote its capability to produce special vehicles and low volume builds.
Chairman David Keene said: “During the last few years, our expert engineers have been increasingly involved in specialist projects that are taking vehicle design and technology to new levels.
“We had reached a point where we knew we could win more work and lead on a host of new opportunities, but needed additional space that could support these ambitions.
“The facility adjacent to our current factory came available and, thanks to support from the LEP’s Growing Places fund, we were able to acquire the building and set out creating a purpose-built manufacturing centre.”
The new machinery and software means RDM Group can now offer precision machining, injection moulding, surface engraving, routing and world class prototyping services.
Finance director Graham Keene said RDM is expecting sales to rise from £6m to £10m in 2014, with a target of £25m by 2018.
He added that while the automotive sector provided most of the company’s business at the moment, it would also be looking for customers involved in aerospace, marine and specialist trim.
He added: “Another target will be to bring work back into the UK that may previously have been manufactured elsewhere.”
Copyright Ken Hurst 2014