1st, the company also announced that it had formed four operating
units with industry focus –
Chief Executive of the Motherwell Bridge Group, commented:
new structure emphasises the progress which the Company has made
in focusing on and expanding its higher-added value engineering
businesses while exiting or reducing its exposure to activities
with lower margins and limited growth prospects."
Activities (May 2001)
is quickly establishing itself as a key contract component manufacturer
within the UK Aerospace sector. Through investment in sophisticated
manufacturing technology and in its people, it has achieved an excellent
reputation for reliability in a sector that demands the highest
possible standard of quality and on time delivery.
has steadily increased the range of services it offers and, during
the course of the year, provided a growing list of international
customers with a wide range of component machining, fabrication
and assembly services. Customers include many of the world’s greatest
names in the industry, both at home and overseas, and it is the
intention to build this list still further as the portfolio of skills
and services expands.
has also expanded its design engineering capabilities and believes
that its ability to provide a full component design and manufacture
service to its customers will provide it with a wide range of new
and exciting opportunities. The company has extensive experience
of designing complex production tooling and ground support equipment
and its expertise in this area was significantly strengthened with
the acquisition of Faber Design Consultancy.
During the year,
a new high quality manufacturing facility was established on the
site of the group headquarters in Motherwell, whilst the first phase
of an exciting new project that will create over 60,000 sq. ft.
of new manufacturing space was completed. This facility has been
built to a very high standard and provides a first class environment
for carrying out Aerospace sector manufacturing and assembly operations.
ENERGY AND UTILITIES
Over the past
few years, Motherwell Bridge has reshaped this part of the company
considerably, with the main focus now being on higher value added
engineering and project management activities as opposed to manufacturing
and construction. Activities have been focused on areas where the
company has a high level of engineering expertise, including cryogenic
storage, fuel handling systems, gas recovery systems, flue gas desulphurisation,
gas compressor packages and heavy mechanical handling machinery
and systems. Main markets in this area include oil and gas, petrochemical,
chemical and power generation.
has developed and enhanced its design engineering capability with
the introduction of advanced engineering systems and extensive use
is made of 3-D modelling and other advanced CAD software. Group
personnel are skilled in a wide range of disciplines including mechanical,
electrical, controls and instrumentation, whilst the company has
the capability to fully support major turnkey engineering projects
from its in-house resources.
has continued its development in the engineering maintenance and
service sectors. The group continues to expand its specialist skills
in selective markets providing shutdown, overhaul and maintenance
services including integrated inspection management.
an extensive range of site based engineering services to the oil
and gas, petrochemical, pharmaceutical and electronics industries.
packages are design and assembled by skilled engineering teams,
whilst service engineers provide a comprehensive maintenance support
service. Welding consumables and protective clothing are distributed
through the company’s national network.
In the personnel
hire market, the company has expanded its operations to meet the
full range of client requirements from a wide variety of blue chip
of nuclear plants across the UK will be a complex and lengthy process
taking many decades to complete. This process presents Motherwell
Bridge with an ideal opportunity to utilise and develop its skills
and experience in the area of nuclear engineering.
or so ago, Motherwell Bridge was at the forefront of designing and
building nuclear plants at Dounreay and Hunterston. Today, it is
heavily involved in providing services and equipment for use in
the processing of nuclear waste and the decommissioning of nuclear
plant that has reached the end of its useful life.
During the last
year, the group has made good progress in growing its business in
the nuclear sector. The acquisition of Faber Design Consultancy
has considerably strengthened Motherwell Bridge’s nuclear design
engineering capability and represents a major step towards the goal
of becoming the industry leader in the area of design and manufacturing
of complex mechanical handling systems. The company has also expanded
its involvement and capabilities in the areas of waste management
and decommissioning, securing a number of complex projects for BNFL
and British Energy as well as major outage work at nuclear power
Over the next
few years there will be growth opportunities in this sector as major
new projects at Sellafield, Dounreay and Aldermaston get underway.
There will also be opportunities for the company to participate
in new projects as the Magnox nuclear power stations move into their
ability to provide a wide range of services and products, combined
with its strong project management capability, allows it to offer
a service to the nuclear industry that the company believes is unique.