BTS Technical Manager Mark Wiper and Managing Director Phil Atkinson

BTS technical manager Mark Wiper and managing director Phil Atkinson

A Co Durham manufacturer has secured a £50,000 growth fund grant to continue investment in the business.

BTS Facades and Fabrications, based in Newton Aycliffe, manufactures metal rainscreen and fabrications for the construction industry. The £50,000 capital grant was awarded by the County Durham Growth Fund to support BTS’s latest investment of over £155k in new machinery.

BTS managing director Phil Atkinson said: “We recently appointed Mark Wiper as technical manager and his first objective will be to review and retest all our systems – over the past three years, we’ve been very much focused on automation and sales, and our existing systems have taken a back seat.

“There are a few improvements we can make, and value engineering will be done, so Mark will initially be focused on system testing, certification and legislative compliance. It’s a perfect fit for our overall growth strategy, as we want our technical offering to be aligned to our other strategies, such as automation.”

Over the past two years, BTS has invested in five new pieces of machinery, including a new panel bender and a new press, to make its manufacturing processes more streamlined and efficient.

Phil said: “Our strategy for automated equipment is paying off; we have the best automation in the industry, and we always research extensively into the best available machines and software. All of this helps our sales team go after those bigger contracts, backed by the confidence that we have the facility to service our ever-growing client base.”

The County Durham Growth Fund was set up by Business Durham, the economic development arm of Durham County Council, along with their delivery partner UMi, to help stimulate and enable businesses to grow by providing funding towards capital investment projects. The County Durham Growth Fund is funded from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.  

Susie Haywood
Article by Susie Haywood
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