Founded by Andrew Williams in 2008, Mechtek, a Cwmcarn-based engineering and automation company, specialises in designing, building and installing automated production lines for manufacturing companies.
The business has identified and targets a niche market, providing automated production lines for the manufacturing of heavy duty lead acid batteries for forklift trucks, amongst others.
Mechtek is currently working on an order in excess of £1.2 million for a production line in Poland, and is in the final stages of a quote for a line in the USA with an expected value of £1.8million. The business recently completed a similar order for delivery to China.
Once Mechtek secures a contract, the production line is built and tested on site at the company’s Cwmcarn premises; after testing procedures have been completed, the plant is dismantled and shipped to the customer site, before being re-assembled by Mechtek’s engineers.
At the moment, the business employs a small team of 5 designers and specialists, and supplements this with local sub-contractors and temporary staff for the build phase of its large contracts.
How has Business Wales helped Mechtek?
“Working with Business Wales has given us a strong platform from which we can move forward; and with new contracts secured, the future is looking really positive for Mechtek.”
Andrew turned to Business Wales in 2016 to access external advice and support on how to improve his business operations, as well as seeking assistance with identifying funding opportunities for research and development.
A dedicated Business Wales adviser worked closely together with Andrew to look at restructuring the business to improve internal procedures and processes, whilst also providing marketing support to help Mechtek attract new customers and secure further contracts. This culminated in securing a recent contract in Poland in excess of £1.2m.
The advice from Business Wales helped Mechtek identify a sales strategy and distinguish between the sales efforts needed for large overseas contracts and establishing a brand for its specialised automation services for smaller, faster turnaround projects in the UK.
Business Wales were also able to help Mechtek receive funding assistance from Finance Wales to support the company while waiting for their recent contract to come to fruition. The adviser also provided guidance on applying for R&D Corporation Tax Relief.
The adviser is currently providing ongoing support to assist the company with finding engineering graduates to join the team.
The proudest moment in business
Andrew’s proudest moment was “bringing in the first employee”.
Top Tips for Aspiring Entrepreneurs
- Think long term – but survive short term.
- Use technology to your advantage and automate your business management systems to save time and let you focus less on admin duties.
- Be respectful to your customers and deliver the best service you can.
- Keep a close eye on costs.
- Don’t forget about the importance of marketing. Reputation takes time to build – and can be lost if not maintained.