Wrekin Sheetmetal changes premises in bid for record turnover

A Shropshire manufacturer is all set to move into huge new premises as it bids to achieve a record turnover.

Simon Orpe of Wrekin Sheet Metal, Stafford Park, with the company’s new Amada Laser F1 cutter
Simon Orpe of Wrekin Sheet Metal, Stafford Park, with the company’s new Amada Laser F1 cutter

Wrekin Sheetmetal was taken over in a management buyout three years ago, since when it has broadened its scope of its core contracts going from specialising in  two main areas to now producing products in a wide variety such as refrigeration, automotive, retail, robotics, lighting and is even producing some specialised parts for Formula 1 motor cars.

Now, the company has moved into a 38,000 sq ft premises on Telford’s Stafford park 18, it plans to further expand on its recent contracts in the near future.

Sales director Simon Orpe said: “Going into the new site has given us incredible efficiencies in the flow of our material and products around the shop floor, also as we are very much a sub-contractor for manufacturing steel products our aim is to make our factory a welcome site that our customers can visit at any time.

“We are trying to achieve £10million turnover by 2019, and we wouldn’t have been able to do it in the factory we were in.

“As part of our expansion plans we have invested just under £750,000 in a new Amada Laser machine, in a bid to speed up our lead times and also allowing us to pursue new contracts which previously would have been out of reach with our previous laser machine.”

He added: “I estimated the other day that in the last month and a half we had quoted for more than £1million worth of work.

“That gives me considerable confidence in what’s happening within our industry and that the constant media talk of recession in my view is rubbish as long as you are active in pushing your business forward.”

The modern detached production unit on a site area of 2.3 acres, saw Wrekin Sheet Metal relocate from the Tweedale Industrial Estate near Madeley.

Nicholas Dixon, who handled the letting from Andrew Dixon and Co, said: “This excellent facility will prove to be a very good home for Wrekin Sheet Metal, an expanding local company who are blazing a trail in their specialist field, for which these new premises are ideal.

“This letting enhances the strength of the industrial market in Telford. Andrew Dixon & Company have already completed on 100,000 square feet of deals in the first two months of the year, with a further 80,000 square feet currently under offer and five acres of industrial land in Halesfield sold, which will lead to further job creation.”

He added: “We now have a range of industrial buildings from 30,000 square feet to 70,000 square feet that will provide exciting opportunities for companies to take advantage of in an improving economy.”