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MANUFACTURING: Midtherm Laser set to expand again.

A dynamic Black Country firm which has trebled the turnover of its sub-contract laser-cutting business in the past two years is set to expand again.

Midtherm Laser, based in Peartree Lane, Dudley, currently employs 14 people and has grown from a business with sales of around pounds 500,000 to pounds 1.5 million.

It offers a range of flat-bed laser-cutting services to clients in the the motor component, air transport, building technologies and specialist manufacturing industries.

Managing director Richard Andrews, who started the firm in 2001, has completed a major re-investment of around pounds 500,000 in the company, purchasing a state-of-the-art flat bed laser machine engineered by Bystronic in Switzerland.

Midtherm Laser's expansion plans were enabled by Selective Finance for Investment in England (SFIE) grant from Advantage West Midlands, and will create another six jobs.

Dean Cockayne, operations director, said: "No job has even been too big or too small for us and the company has grown steadily since 2002.

"In June 2004 the demand for our services meant we had to move to larger premises in Peartree Lane.

"More skilled and dedicated staff have been employed which has enabled the business to grow, turnover increasing 300 per cent since the move.

"A glance around the production floor shows the vast range of work we undertake - stencils for the Tate Gallery in London, parts for staircases at Heathrow's new Terminal 5 building, metal signage and precision cutting for aircraft, car and bus components.

"The new machine, which should be installed and up and running by the end of May, gives us the ability to cut 2000mm wide sheet with up to 5.2 kilo watts of power.

"The SFIE grant has been crucial in helping us realise our expansion plans, provide security to current employees and create another six skilled jobs."

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Phil Baron, Advantage West Midlands, Richard Andrews and Dean Cockayne, both of Midtherm Laser, of Dudley
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:May 25, 2006
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