MTL nets key deal

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MTL Group has won the Government’s praises after winning its biggest export contract yet.

The Rotherham firm has secured a deal to supply nearly 100 landing systems for an offshore wind farm being built by the Germans in the North Sea.

Following the success, Energy Minister Charles Hendry hailed MTL as “a fine example of the engineering excellence that already exists here in the UK” and said he was delighted Government support had helped the Brinsworth-based company to win the contract.

“The government is committed to helping more British companies to follow MTL Group’s lead. I want the UK to be a leader in the development and demonstration of new technologies for the growing offshore wind sector, and I am keen to see the UK supply chain grow to support this,” said Mr Hendry.

MTL has worked closely with the Department of Energy and Climate Change to increase the UK supply of secondary steelwork for the offshore wind sector and has invested in machinery to meet the growing requirements of the sector, with the Department’s support.

The contract will involve the use all the company’s processing equipment, which includes large format high definition plasma and laser cutting, robotic tube cutting, automated robot welding and CNC machining.

MTL’s managing director, Dr Henry Shirman, said: “This is a major breakthrough for us in the European offshore wind market.

“In order to meet the high standards to the offshore sector, MTL Group has undergone the necessary audits to be accredited to supply offshore fabrications”

“The other main area our customers are benefiting from is our on-going investment in the latest state of the art equipment offering existing and new customers an enhanced value proposition. This has been well received by our customers in the offshore sector”

MTL Group specialises in batch fabrications and has the ability to manufacture structures weighing up to 400 tonnes. The company is one of the fastest growing project manufacturing specialists in the metals sector.