Matco Engineering Ltd is a company with attitude - but it’s a ‘can do’ attitude that has seen it become an established part of the Midlands industrial scene in just three years.
For operations director, Matt Bishop, it’s evidence that his ‘glass half full’ philosophy is paying off in the best way possible as Matco is poised to invest in machinery to accommodate new business.
“We are getting new business in pressured times and there are opportunities out there, no doubt about it” he says. “It’s a tough climate but what we are providing is still sought after which makes me feel very confident about the future.”
Matco Engineering based at the Rovex Business Park in Tyseley, Birmingham, machines components for a wide range of industries, encompassing a wide scope of different materials, and sets out to provide the complete package.
Matt explains the process; “Generally it starts with machining but then the product might need processing by painting or anodizing etc, which we can do before our nationwide delivery service returns the component back to the customer complete. A lot of machinists don’t always do that.”
“We can provide a single component, or complex sub-assemblies to suit customers’ requirements and we work with them to develop a solution, guaranteeing their job is our priority.”
An experienced manufacturing engineer within automotive, aerospace and general engineering industries, Matt and the Grayson Group set up the business just over three years ago. Grayson Thermal Systems manufacture a wide range of thermal systems from specialist vehicle manufacturers in the UK and Europe.
The backing of the Grayson Group, with its £18million p/a turnover, has provided Matco Engineering with the financial stability, enabling investment in the newest equipment when necessary, whilst giving customers’ peace of mind during fragile economic times.
“We have already established a loyal customer base, and new business is continuously arriving. Our bespoke machining allows us to offer a unique service, with a swift product turnaround if required. There aren’t many companies within our industry who can offer this.”
As a result of this success, Matco has further expanded by recently appointing an administration assistant and a 19 year-old trainee machinist. “In this industry experienced people are very hard to come by,” Matt acknowledges.
“I think the only way forward is getting a young individual with the right attitude, and give them the opportunity to learn. If the attitude is right, the required skills can be taught.”
With a staff of seven, the company is small in size but big on the ‘can do’ attitude Matt champions; everyone prepared to go the extra mile to ensure a client’s job is completed to the highest quality. Matco Engineering is ISO accredited, which will assure the standard of product and service. It’s no wonder the last three years have proved successful.
“It has been difficult, there’s no doubt,” declares Matt, ”however, we’ve been profitable every year, the initial investment is paid for and we’re looking at making further investments. We’re a standalone company, and we’re proud of our achievements so far.”