Firm secures £1 million order

General manager Simon Morrell, front and other Firmac staff delight at new �1million order. Picture by Andrew Higgins  115027a
General manager Simon Morrell, front and other Firmac staff delight at new �1million order. Picture by Andrew Higgins 115027a

AN ENGINEERING firm is hoping for growth in 2012 as the new year brings work on a new £1.1 million order.

Machine manufacturer Firmac, based in Hopper Hill Road, is also looking to expand is 35 strong work force after winning the contract from an existing Swiss customer.

The firm, which is part of the Firth Firmac Group, produces machines which make ducts for the heating and ventilation industry.

The Swiss order will see the company export five machines, one of which will be a new bespoke design.

With other big contracts in the pipeline bosses are hoping that after two years weathering the economic storm, 2012 will bring growth for the firm.

General manager Simon Morrell said: “We have a long standing relationship with this customer, and for them to place an order of this size proves the quality of our products.

“This contract will allow us to plan ahead for 2012. It gives us stability in terms of the company going forward in difficult times and it allows us to plan and invest in people and equipment.

“We have got a good prospect pipeline in terms of other orders coming through.

“If these orders come to fruition I’m hoping that in six to nine months we will equal the turnover for this year.”

Next year will also see the company grow its apprentice programme, with two school leavers already lined up, and vacancies for two more to join a pair of apprentices already working at Firmac. There are also vacancies for mechanical engineers.

Firmac’s success, based on 98 per cent exports, has been attributed to good customer relations as well as a good relationship with its bank.

Mr Morrell added: “We have great support from HSBC. We work very closely with them, especially Jonathan Rutter.

“Their support has been instrumental in us being able to take on these orders.”

Ducts manufactured by Firmac’s machines have been used across the globe and can be found in Deli Airport, Dubai’s new airport, and in the world’s tallest building; the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.