Business

Lisburn steel company shows way forward in manufacturing sector

KME Steelworks directors Seamus Murchan (front left) and Jason Quinn (front right) mark the end of a high growth year with staff at the Lisburn plant

LISBURN-based KME Steelworks, which recently secured an NI Chamber of Commerce high growth business of the year award, has reported a 22 per cent growth rate during 2017.

It follows new sub-contract business with existing clients Sandvik and Moffett and securing new customers such as CDE, Conveyortek and Kingspan.

Directors Seamus Murchan and Jason Quinn say they had expected tough trading conditions during 2017 due to increasing steel price and potential Brexit related issues.

“Our growth strategy is based on quality assured service and products and the best client relationship management we can deliver,” says Mr Murchan.

“The growth of KME from 13 employees in 2013 to the current 66 is a clear illustration of how significantly quality and care factors into success.

“The year was tough nonetheless and we want to extend our thanks to our customers for their loyalty and continued custom. We also thank our dedicated workforce for their commitment to providing a quality customer service.

The 2017 figures continue a trend showing 23 per cent growth year-on-year since 2012.

“2018 promises to be no less challenging as we plan with the support of Invest NI for further significant investment in plant, equipment, training and recruitment of more staff," he said.

"We are on track to continue on the growth path particularly in the areas of precast mould design and manufacture for the construction industry and in sub-contract steel fabrication.”

KME Steelworks notably created the steel form-work for the foundations of the new Wear Crossing bridge at Sunderland due to be completed later this year.

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