A leading engineering firm has accelerated success with its newest division in the plant relocation sector to turn over £4m in the space of just 12 months.

And the company has achieved its growth despite challenges faced during the pandemic.

The adi Group, based in Birmingham, sought to expand its offering under its adi Mechanical umbrella, launching adi Factory, Plants and Relocation in March of last year to aid manufacturer’s operational needs.

Specialising in the heavy lift and setting down of large industrial machinery, the firm has since attained a regular stream of work in the food and beverage sector, including a £3.2m decommissioning project with a well-known food manufacturer in Corby.

“In many ways, we pre-empted what was already at play in the manufacturing sector, just prior to the pandemic” said adi mechanical MD Stephen Forrester.

“Lack of skilled in-house engineering support has been amiss for a while for manufacturing firms, particularly given the well-publicised skills gap in the sector.

“Businesses that can therefore move plant and equipment, fabricate and install interconnecting pipework, service, commission and maintain plant and machinery, with no breaks in the supply chain, are in hot demand in an age when many others are subcontracting out such work.

“What we can provide is expertise – the skills they need at a time when many manufacturers are now looking to expand or restart those large-scale CAPEX projects that were put on hold at the beginning of the pandemic.

“Similarly, those scaling down operations have needed hands-on engineering that can complete works efficiently and quickly.

“We’re delighted to be able to offer such assistance, backed up by the wider capabilities of the adi Mechanical and Group workforce.”

Operating out of adi Mechanical’s headquarters in Kings Norton, the adi Factory, Plants and Relocation business will be central to the wider adi Group’s ongoing aim to support manufacturers across the UK.

During the pandemic, the sector was hard hit as firms had to undertake difficult marketplace decisions, as operational footprints and production costs circulated the economic stratosphere.

However, with new tax incentives making investment now an attractive proposition to UK manufacturers, Stephen believes his division is well placed to make strong headway on a £8m to 10m turnover objective in the next five years.

“Lots of change is happening,” added Stephen.

“Not only are manufacturers more optimistic, but there’s also a need for them continuously adjust and alter their offerings to respond to customer needs. Just take for example, how much interest has grown in veganism and meat-free foods, all of which can dictate new machinery and new ways of working.

“We’re looking forward to the future, one which will aim to assist manufacturers to meet ongoing production and sustainability needs.”

The adi Group is a multi-disciplinary engineering firm, spanning six dedicated markets including aerospace and defence, automotive, biosciences, food and beverage, manufacturing, and petrochemical.

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