MTL Group’s success in the renewable energy sector has been celebrated by Energy Secretary Chris Huhne, during a visit to South Yorkshire.
Mr Huhne travelled to the firm’s Rotherham headquarters to witness the signing of its largest export contract ever, to supply German company WeserWind with major components a North Sea wind energy project.
MTL won the contract with the help of a £250,000 grant from Department of Energy and Climate Change funds aimed at developing the UK supply chain for offshore wind projects.
The Brinsworth firm has invested heavily in state-of-the-art machinery to meet the requirements of what is a growing sector, acquiring a new twin head high definition plasma cutter, a robotic plasma pipe cutter and additional handling equipment.
Mr Huhne met 16 new apprentices that MTL has recruited this year, heard how the Group is developing young talent to help underpin its growth plans and saw MTL’s new welder training school which has welcomed its first trainee and is looking for 25 more.
The Energy Secretary also discussed what was hailed as the significant opportunity for further job creation offered by the new Sheffield City Region Enterprise Zone, which includes MTL’s Grange Lane site.
Mr Huhne said he was very pleased to hear of MTL’s recent export contract success because he was determined the UK should obtain maximum benefits from the green economy
“I am particularly impressed with the steps you have taken to bring forward the skilled staff that will be so important to us in the future,” the Energy Secretary added.
MTL’s managing director, Dr Henry Shirman thanked Mt Huhne for the support his department had given the company.
“Renewables offers a tremendous opportunity for UK manufacturing and it is an area where we are already seeing significant growth in our business.
“In the last six months we have increased our number of employees by 40 and now employ more than 350 people.
“The business continues to recruit skilled engineers and we will continue this pace of growth for the next six months,” Dr Shirman added.