City manufacturer among the first to win improvement award

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Rail depot equipment manufacturer Mechan has become one of the first companies to gain a Manufacturing Advisory Service Works Award, acknowledging the business and operational gains it has made in recent years.

The Sheffield company, which supplies heavy lifting and other equipment to train builders and maintenance depots around the world, was nominated for the award by Manufacturing Advisory Service advisor, Peter Rooney.

MAS advisors across the country were asked to nominate exemplary businesses that had achieved continuous improvement as a result of support from the organisation, which has helped thousands of companies across the UK to improve their productivity and competitiveness.

Peter Rooney said: “Mechan has embraced the services we offer and has made improvements internally that have generated new ways to develop and promote its business.

“The results, particularly internationally, have been spectacular. The firm now has an extensive product range and an excellent global reputation that is helping exports play an increasingly important part in future growth.”

Mechan’s managing director, Richard Carr, said: “We are really pleased to receive this accolade from our colleagues at MAS. It is gratifying to know how highly they regard us and our achievements.

“Despite recent economic turbulence, we have managed to maintain sales and profit and even open up new markets in Taiwan, New Zealand and Belgium, to continue the growth of our export business. MAS’s help to streamline our processes and reduce waste has no doubt played a significant role in this continued success.”

MAS is funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.