The extra staff will take the total workforce up to 60 and give MPD the required capacity to deliver the volumes generated by the new business wins, which include a £100,000 contract for lighting sector components.
With work set to increase, the company has just completed the first phase of its new factory layout, which will boost productivity. This work has included the movement of plant and machinery to create a better flow and the installation of energy-efficient lighting. MPD also recently purchased a Doosan CNC vertical machining centre and new spark eroder to help with growing demand from clients looking to re-shore due to quality issues from overseas suppliers.
“It’s great to be in a position to create new manufacturing jobs, especially when everyone is quoting uncertainty around Brexit,” says Ash Suman, managing director. “Our ability to take on complex parts, deliver quicker than our competitors and offer quality tooling, has been crucial to winning a number of new contracts.
“We’re looking for experienced individuals who can hit the ground running, with full training programmes in place to help any new starters get used to our culture and continue their development journey,” he continues. “Giving our staff the chance to progress in the business is critical. We’ve recently seen someone promoted from shop floor operative to managing production, and an apprentice becoming a production controller.”
MPD offers aluminium and zinc high-pressure die-casting services to customers in batch sizes ranging from 50 to 5 million. Components as heavy as 6 kg are produced at the company’s two facilities, spanning a combined 80,000 ft2.
Suman says: “Over £1 million of orders are in the pipeline, and our recent investments 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,” he adds. “I can see us looking to recruit additional maintenance staff and experienced CNC setters/operators due to our expansion in machining.”