Mechatherm International, a company that supplies furnaces and casting machines to the aluminium industry, has experienced accelerated growth since the turn of the millennium after recognising the potential of recycled aluminium.
It adapted its product range to include a wider range of furnaces to recycle different types of aluminium scrap and took on more people to cope with its expanded catalogue and larger order book.
“Between 2010 and 2013, our staff levels increased from 53 to 69 employees as we achieved larger value and more sophisticated equipment orders”
Chris Emes, Managing Director, Mechatherm
“Between 2010 and 2013, our staff levels increased from 53 to 69 employees as we achieved larger value and more sophisticated equipment orders involving a higher technical content,” says Chris Emes, Managing Director. “We believe the innovation we implemented in designing new generations of furnaces has made a significant impact on business growth and worldwide furnace technology.”
Mechatherm designs now include innovative multi-chamber furnaces using specialist technologies for burners, internal gas recirculation and incineration, and electromagnetic stirring. The construction of the furnaces has also been dramatically improved to enable these features to be implemented. This, coupled with a strong export drive via the recruitment of agents and licensees worldwide, has enabled the company to establish itself as a global brand name in the aluminium furnace industry.
£25m – The value of Mechatherm annual turnover
Chris adds: “As the world’s consumption of aluminium increases in many industries, the production of new aluminium in smelters and the recycling of existing aluminium will undoubtedly increase. The challenges will be to continually improve our product range against international competition as well as remain economically priced.”
In the short term, Mechatherm intends to consolidate its gains, which have taken its annual turnover to £25m, but it is hoping to boost its growth over the next five years.
- Sector: Metal Manufacturing & Engineering
- Region: Dudley