December 12 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, October 10, 2013
King’s Lynn-based PCL Ceramics has won a record £5.45m contract to supply hi-tech manufacturing equipment to the United States.
The firm, part of the KL Technologies group, expects to take on five to 10 extra staff to work on building and supplying the new RotoBowl pressure casting equipment to Indiana-based Patriot Porcelain LLC.
The patented machinery will be constructed at the company’s Estuary Road site in the coming months before being shipped across the Atlantic where it will be used to make ceramic products for the US market.
Mark Butler, managing director at PCL, which employs 32 staff and whose turnover was £6.7m in 2012, said the deal was significant.
“It’s an important contract in its own right – our biggest ever – but it marks the start of what we hope will be ongoing expansion in the Americas, as well as in Russia and Thailand in the future,” he added.
“This is the first major investment into the North American ceramics industry for many years, and it’s an indication of manufacturers pulling back from Chinese manufactured products in favour of local production on cost and environmental grounds.
“Our fantastic staff have pulled out all the stops to secure this work, and we’re hoping that we can use this experience to push on and win further large contracts worldwide.”
Two hundred jobs are set to be created after one of west Norfolk’s largest businesses was granted permission to expand its King’s Lynn facilities.