UK: Order boost creates new jobs at Black Country foundry

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11 new jobs are being created at one of the Black Country’s fastest growing foundries after it announced a number of new contract wins.

Midland Pressure Diecasting (MPD) is looking to recruit four casters, four manufacturing operatives and three linishers as part of exciting expansion plans that will help it target £5 million of sales by the end of the year.

This will take the total workforce up to 60 people and give it the required capacity to deliver the volumes generated by the new business wins, which includes a £100,000 contract to supply components to the lighting sector.

“It’s great to be in a position to create new manufacturing jobs, especially when everyone is quoting uncertainty around Brexit,” commented Ash Suman, managing director of MPD.

“Our ability to take on complex parts, deliver quicker than our competitors and also offer quality tooling has been crucial to us winning a number of new contracts and this, in turn, has created the need for additional people in casting, linishing and general manufacturing.”

He continued: “We are looking for experienced individuals that can hit the ground running, with full training programmes in place to help any new starters get used to our culture and to continue their development journey.

“Giving our staff the chance to progress in the business is critical and we have recently seen someone promoted from shop floor operative to managing production and an apprentice becoming a production controller, both key operational roles and excellent career progression opportunities.”

Midland Pressure Diecasting offers aluminium and zinc high pressure die casting services to customers in batch sizes (ranging from 50 parts to 5 million) and with components as heavy as 6kg produced at the company’s two facilities spanning a combined 80,000ft2.

With work set to increase, the company has just completed the first phase of its new factory layout, which will boost productivity. This has included the movement of heavy plant and machinery to create a better flow of work and the installation of energy efficient lighting.

It has also recently purchased a Doosan CNC vertical machining centre and new spark eroder to help with growing demand from clients looking to reshore due to quality issues from overseas suppliers.

Mr Suman concluded: “Over £1 million of orders are in the pipeline and the recent investment will ensure we have the capacity to complete in excess of £5 million of sales by January 2020, our best ever year since we launched in 2000.

“This latest batch of jobs will not be the last this year. I can see us looking to recruit additional maintenance staff and experienced CNC setters/operators due to our expansion in machining.”