Why engineering companies must move with the times.
Historically, the Tees Valley has always been a region of great industrial strength, benefiting from a skilled and capable workforce and a recognised excellence in traditional industries.
Now, in a pattern that can be seen throughout the UK, the Tees Valley engineering sector is beginning to change, with firms no longer being able to rely on the same static services that they have regimentally provided in previous decades.
Clients in all sectors are becoming increasingly demanding, with all companies expected to provide higher levels of professionalism, flexibility and a good depth of service, whatever their task.
In a pro-active attempt to meet these ever-changing client needs, many companies within the region, including Corus Northern Engineering Services, are beginning to diversify from their original activities.
For example, in recent months CNES has worked on contracts as varied as manufacturing modular lift shafts for the new Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport, overhauling drums used for roasting cocoa beans in a chocolate factory and producing hulls for armoured vehicles.
While we are still working hard to use our 150 years of experience in supporting steelmaking in the North, we are now also extending our remit in an effort to secure more business from outside the local area.
This pattern of change and expansion is being developed at CNES to offer a more complete service, ranging from project management capabilities, through to design, manufacture and final installations.
Within these changes, Corus Northern Engineering Services can now deliver solutions that are applicable to a wider range of sectors, from food manufacturing and cement making, to quarrying, rail services and defence.
This ability to offer a broad range of services and skills, which can meet a client's every requirement and demand, is increasingly becoming the factor that will allow companies like CNES to remain competitive in almost any market.
Already, by offering more widely applicable and extensive capabilities, Corus Northern Engineering Services has secured more national contracts and we now look towards the future and move into emerging markets including the Far East.
The future survival of the local engineering sector depends a great deal on its ability to move with the times, adapting to changing client demands, new legislation and emerging technologies.
If the hundreds of engineering firms based in the area can continue to adapt in this way, then I certainly foresee many more years of world-class engineering in the Tees Valley.
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|Title Annotation:||Business Weekly|
|Publication:||Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)|
|Date:||Jun 27, 2006|
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