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MTL Advanced launches recruitment drive at South Yorkshire site

MTL Advanced, a division of engineering company WEC Group, has recently launched a recruitment drive at its South Yorkshire site, after securing several new multi-million pound, multi-year rail and defence contracts.

Despite a reduction in activity during the UK-wide lockdown, an increase in manufacturing requirements linked to a growth in demand from the company’s customer base has resulted in MTL publishing vacancies for 28 new positions, including skilled welders, CNC machinists, press operators, production assistants, quality and project engineers.

MTL is also set to recruit an additional 10 apprentices to its training academy in December.

After securing several new multi-million pound contracts, MTL Advanced has launched a recruitment drive at its site in Rotherham / Picture: MTL Advanced


Karl Stewart, general manager at MTL, said: “It’s been a challenging year for the manufacturing industry as a whole and like many other UK businesses we initially had to revise our forecasts down for Q2. Thankfully, we have a very loyal and varied customer base, as well as a talented workforce which has allowed us to come out of the lockdown in a much stronger position.”

With major investments currently underway across the rail sector nationwide, MTL’s recent order book growth has been closely linked to its ability to manufacture complex aluminium fabrications for train manufacturers, along with the supply of high grade steel kits of parts for freight wagon manufacturers.

The company’s specialist defence team has also managed to win various large contracts for several UK and European defence programmes.

Continuous investment in the latest technology has been one of the key drivers to MTL’s recent success, and the securing of the defence contracts for armoured steel has now led the company to invest a further £300,000 to acquire a new state-of-the-art Hartford machining centre.

Karl added: “Due to a successful couple of months, we are able to continue investing in new machinery to keep us at the forefront of the industry. MTL is one of the very few companies in the UK which is able to machine and fabricate complex armoured parts, and this new investment will strengthen our position as the industry leading armoured steel contract manufacturer. Our sales forecasts are now 20% over pre-Covid-19 targets and we now require more outstanding individuals to join our workforce to deliver on our customers’ expectations.”

MTL Advanced is now on track to finish 2020 with a record quarter.

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