An expanding hydraulic cylinder specialist has extended its Sunderland premises as part of a strategy to create jobs on the back of the new fracking market.
The Cylinder Service Centre, which manufactures and repairs hydraulic cylinders for all sectors including oil and gas and the automotive industry, is bursting at the seams of its 24,000 sq ft base at Wear Industrial Estate, prompting the firm to add a 6,000 sq ft extension to the premises to cope with demand.
Established by managing director Gary Davison 19 years ago, the business works with local blue chip customers including Nissan, Tata Steel and SSI, and counts international oil and gas companies, construction, rail, ship builders and the Ministry of Defence among its clients, and it is now keen to exploit possible opportunities within fracking.
Davison is now exploring options for an additional office in Aberdeen, which could act as a hub to help win work that will be sent to Wearside, a move which will create further employment opportunities.
Davison said: “We’ve been expanding since 1994 when I started by myself, and we now employ 44 people and are taking people on virtually all the time.
“We constantly reinvest in unique machinery because our facility is our product. We’ve had three factories progressively increasing in size in Washington over the past 20 years.
“Hydraulic cylinders from all over the UK are set here.
“We don’t just deal with UK clients because with oil, gas and shipping, we could be dealing with Norwegian ships or work from anywhere.
“We are looking to position ourselves in the market to exploit the possible fracking boom because we are already established in the oil and gas industry, which will be developing the fracking sites. This could potentially be an exciting period of growth for us.
“One of the main reasons for our success to date is because to become established and trusted in the oil and gas industry you need to have all the relevant qualifications and accreditations in place. We’ve invested a lot of time and energy in achieving these.
Now companies send major contracts to us, based on the accreditations and qualifications that we have. We are continually investing in the quality side of our work and high tech design solutions.”
The £3m turnover company has worked with Sunderland City Council at each stage of its expansion and has tapped into the advice and funding it provides to support growing businesses on Wearside.