An engineering firm is on target to turnover £1.2m next year after winning significant contracts within the chemicals industry.
C & A Pumps and Engineering launched in 2012 to install and maintain electrical and mechanical systems primarily for building firms, local authorities and managed workspaces.
The chemicals sector was also in the firm’s sightlines and now orders have come quicker than expected as the company’s reputation for specialisation grows.
The Hartlepool-based firm has won a spate of contracts worth £30,000 with some of Teesside’s largest chemical firms including Huntsman, Ineos, Univar and steel manufacturer SSI.
Alan Roberts, managing director, re-launched C & A Pumps with his own money after its former parent company decided to close the original business last year.
Since moving from employee to employer, he has managed to increase market share within traditional sectors such as housing and buildings maintenance, putting the firm on target for £1.2m in sales.
Roberts said: “The work with the chemical companies is a bonus because we expected to be concentrating on our core markets in our first years, particularly housing.
“Traditionally, we were known as a water pump specialist but when the new business was launched we wanted to diversify and the chemicals industry was high on that list.
“It has really encouraged me to make significant in-roads into the chemicals sector and it’s largely down to our strength for completing specialised, technical jobs that other firms might not be able to provide.
“Some of the work has come from direct contact with businesses we are building relationships with, but what is great is that we are getting approached by some big names within the chemical industry and that is leading to work and allowing the business to prove what it can do.”
C & A Pumps has also won a significant contract to provide engineering works at the Bellway Homes’ housing development at Mowden Park, in Darlington, while its training division and partnership with Teesside University to provide ISO accreditation training is going from strength to strength.
Roberts added: “We have worked with the likes of Bellway Homes and Yuill for many years and I have certainly noticed an upturn there in the last six months as developers regain their confidence to build new homes. To have that work alongside our new contracts is very positive for the future.”