Tees Components has demonstrated its agility and responsiveness during the pandemic to not only continue to support its existing customers, but secure new work, which has led to the need to recruit new technicians.
The North Skelton-based heavy machining company has created roles for new CNC operators and will also have some machine shop staff positions available soon as it experiences growth in its order book, with new projects from across a range of sectors.
This growth has been achieved against a backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, when the company reacted quickly to adapt its operations, ensuring the safety of its workforce and its ability to deliver the highest standard of machined components.
“Like all businesses we haven’t been immune to the impact of the pandemic, but the attitude and commitment of our team, together with the support of customers, has enabled us to look positively to the future,” said Tees Components’ managing director Sharon Lane.
“We quickly expanded our already comprehensive safety protocols to introduce measures to offer added protection to our staff, which gave us the platform to focus on growing our pipeline of projects,” Sharon added.
An already well-connected business, both in the Tees Valley and across the UK, Tees Components further strengthened its network by joining the manufacturing industry body Make UK and concentrated on its online interactions with the engineering community.
“Networking has always been at the heart of our industry and it was taken away from us by coronavirus, but we haven’t let it stop us growing our network,” explains Sharon.
“We have also missed welcoming new clients to our site, so we commissioned a virtual tour so they can see the size and scale of our operations.”
Tees Components has also increased its UK footprint with new contracts. Alongside local projects for established local fabricators such as Francis Brown, Marine Fabricators and Wilton Engineering, the company has also engaged with new customers in areas such as Bedfordshire and West Sussex.
Its expertise has been applied across multiple sectors for decades, and in the last year it has continued to supply long-standing clients in power generation, defence and rail. This includes the refurbishment of hydro pump assemblies, the supply of new rail signal components, nuclear decommissioning activities and submarine parts for the Ministry of Defence.
The majority of the components produced were destined for UK installations as the company maintained its proud role in the supply chains of British manufacturers, alongside exports accounting for up to 15 per cent of its work.
New work has come from customers operating in renewable energy, aerospace and robotics, with projects including a contract to manufacture enclosures for the RAF and a rolling agreement to supply steel frames used in an automated scanning process for a robotics Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM).
Operations have also continued for its Tees White Gill division. Its team completed the commissioning of the four thrusters and control systems fitted to the RSS Sir David Attenborough, for Cammell Laird, with successful sea trials off Holyhead now completed.
It also successfully negotiated coronavirus travel restrictions for its specialist engineers to attend Woods Hole in Martha’s Vineyard in the United States to undertake mechanical and electrical maintenance of a fleet of passenger ferries.
All of this activity has led to Tees Components’ need to recruit and it is currently looking for people experienced in precision machining to join the business.
“It is always satisfying to be able to create new employment. We want to welcome people who can meet the exacting requirements of customers such as Rolls Royce and the Ministry of Defence in sectors including nuclear, defence and offshore wind, as well as traditional markets such as oil and gas and power generation.
“We are fortunate to be located in an area that has a talented pool of experienced technicians and engineers and we look forward to welcoming some of them to Tees Components.”