Record breaking export success for Sunderland's TRM Group

Specialist manufacturer TRM could soon be looking for new premises thanks to global demand for its products

Doug Dooley, managing director of TRM Group, Councillor Harry Trueman, Deputy Leader of Sunderland City Council and Nick Morton, director of TRM Group
Doug Dooley, managing director of TRM Group, Councillor Harry Trueman, Deputy Leader of Sunderland City Council and Nick Morton, director of TRM Group

Sunderland-based manufacturer Thermal Resources Management (TRM) Group has completed three major international projects, creating new jobs and boosting the group’s exporting total to a record 85% in 2014.

TRM has this year carried out lucrative contracts on the high-profile New Delhi metro system, the huge Kuwait University campus and Kuwait International Airport – projects that have added 10 staff in the last 12 months, bringing the total workforce to 90.

The £8m turnover group’s Wear Industrial Estate facility in Washington is also set to welcome more new starters over the next 12 months, as part of further expansion plans.

The firm makes temperature measurement devices, industrial heating systems and fireproof wiring cable and certain unique products are highly sought after by the petrochemical, oil and gas, aviation, electronics and automotive sectors.

At the peak of the New Delhi Metro system project – a 120-mile long public transport system carrying two million passengers a day – TRM supplied 40,000 metres of wiring per month.

The group has also completed a £1m project at the New University City campus for Kuwait University, supplying fireproof wiring cable for bombproof shelters that can withstand the fiercest fires.

Kuwait is an important and growing market for the TRM group, which also includes sister company MICC (Mineral Insulated Cables Company).

The group is returning to the country for the Big Five Kuwait Show, the nation’s largest construction event, where it will be exhibiting with a local company it has partnered with to win work from the huge infrastructure investment currently taking place in Kuwait.

Sunderland City Council’s business investment team has worked with the group since it moved to Washington, supporting the growth of group’s current plant.

Having developed a world-class reputation for its cabling, its exporting successes mean it is close to outgrowing its Wear Industrial Estate space, meaning it will team up with the council again to find larger premises.

TRM already works with partners in India, the Middle East, Saudi Arabia and the US, and it is now looking to appoint partner companies in Oman, Qatar, Dubai and Brazil.

It has also invested more than £75,000 in upgrading its communications systems, including an enterprise relationship programme to help its global activities progress smoothly.

The group’s advanced temperature sensors are supplied to UK and global power station operators and it has been equally successful in exporting its industrial trace heating solutions for completed projects in North America, Africa and Russia.

Doug Dooley, managing director of TRM said: “Our products are used in the most demanding of places worldwide such as the bottom of oil wells, nuclear plants and in the skies, all of which demand the highest standards of safety for vital temperature measurement devices.

“We are delighted at the company’s success in winning major projects worldwide. These each bring work to our plant in Sunderland, and increase the numbers and quality of jobs we can offer local people.”

Coun Harry Trueman, deputy leader of Sunderland City Council, added: “TRM is a first rate example of our successful manufacturing sector.

“They create unique products, keep ahead of their markets and are fleet of foot, adapting to changing requirements to sell successfully worldwide. It is fantastic news that the companies are exporting 85% of their products and winning complex projects against global competition.”


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