Unison has done it again

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MULTI-million-pound orders are still coming in at machine manufacturer Unison after reporting a record-breaking January.

The tube bending specialists, based in Eastfield’s Olympian Trading Estate, made headline news earlier this week after the firm equalled last year’s turnover in the first month of 2012 alone.

Just two days after the news of Unison’s £3 million order book broke, the company won another contract for £1.3 million.

The order for three new machines came in on Tuesday night, and will see machinery designed and built in Scarborough used to make trucks for US haulage giants Freightliner.

Unison’s success in the US has been attributed to a £100,000 investment in oversees marketing.

Peter Wilkinson, marketing director at Unison, said: “We have been waiting for a year for this order and suddenly it has appeared.

“This is as a result of the US economy picking up and large capital expenditure now being released which is a great sign for British engineering because they do invest and turn to us British engineers when they can.

“For Unison it is as a result of us investing international marketing. This year we will be at trade shows in Canada, the USA, Germany, as well as at the NEC and Farnborough. We will be looking to invest another £100,000 in this strategy, and envisage the company will double in size in 18 months.”

Bosses at Unison say they are looking at opening an American branch after building strong customer relations in recent years, as well as building new larger premises in Scarborough to accommodate the growing workload.

The firm employs around 40 people, and is looking to recruit new staff due to the new orders.