Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fair Wind Blows in the Direction OFTYNESIDE Firm; MANUFACTURING

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fair Wind Blows in the Direction OFTYNESIDE Firm; MANUFACTURING

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Byline: coreena ford coreena.ford@ncjmedia.co.uk

THE growth in the UK off-shore wind market has helped a North East manufacturer triple its turnover in just 12 months.

South Shields-based Complete Fabrication Services (CFS), which has been supported by the GROW:OffshoreWindprogramme delivered by the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS), has seen sales rocket from PS1.1m in mid 2013 to an anticipated PS3.5m haul by the end of this year, creating an additional ten jobs in the process.

The growth has been driven by the company's ability to take on larger products and successfully securing full class welding approval, two enhancements to its service that resulted in a string of new contracts to supply cable carousels, cable reel and deck grillages.

It is now turning its attention to creating a centralised 10,000 sq ft factory through a PS1m investment programme which will give it the necessary capacity to grow and take on even bigger fabrication structures.

Should the firm's business model be realised it expects to grow turnover to PS5m by 2016, when it will also have a workforce of almost 50 people in South Shields.

The investment has been made possible by a grant worth more than PS300,000 from GROW:OffshoreWind's Flexible Enabling Funding.

"A significant amount of our work is bespoke and this suits companies supplying or working in the offshore wind sector," said Darren Carlisle, managing director. We took a long hard look at our business two years ago and decided to invest in people and in automation, blending the two together to provide a range of solutions that are cost effective, offer excellent quality and can be adapted to different market requirements."

"Currently we are based over three units and need to bring it all together in one dedicated facility to increase our capacity and productivity. The good news is we've found the ideal location and are currently in legal discussions with view to making the move in September."

Complete Fabrication Services, which currently employs 26 people, has received extensive support from MAS, receiving strategic and financial assistance on managing growth and improving processes. …

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