Yorkshire Times
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8:02 AM 11th June 2021

Framework Extension Delivers £1m Opportunity For Middlesbrough Fabrication Specialist

A fabrication and mechanical engineering specialist is setting its sights on rapid expansion after securing a string of new contracts, including a £1m framework extension for Northumbrian Water.

Deritend Group, which employs 14 people at its purpose-built workshop on the Riverside Park Industrial Estate in Middlesbrough, has achieved the deal that involves design, fabrication, coating and site installation of load bearing platforms and other structural fabrications.

The company is now looking to bounce back from the challenges of Covid-19 lockdowns by maximising recent investment by GE Renewables and the announcement of a Teesside Freeport, not to mention transferring its technical manufacturing expertise into new opportunities in nuclear, oil and gas, chemicals and renewables.

This will involve investment in training and workshop equipment to allow the business to compete in highly compliant sectors and the recruitment of a new lead administrator and two new apprentices.

Richard Brown, General Manager at Deritend Group’s Middlesbrough site, commented: “Last year was very challenging and we had to adapt to a downturn in orders with businesses reluctant to spend and only carrying out essential work.

“In typical ‘Deritend’ fashion, we have met the difficulties head-on and worked closely with our clients to ensure this has been carried out safely, efficiently, on time and in budget. We are now seeing the benefit of this with enquiries up 20% and major orders being secured.”

“The Northumbrian Water contract, which could be extended to 2024, highlights the level of service we provide to the customer and how our multi-skilled team can offer response times that few in industry can match.”

“There has also been a lot of interest in our mechanical department, which provides manufacture and overhaul services for industrial rotating equipment, such as gearboxes, pumps and motors.

“We provide a 24/7 service from collection and inspection through to reverse engineering of components and the supply of fully overhauled ‘production critical’ items delivered back to site as efficiently as possible in the required timescale.”

“Large companies like British Steel, PD Ports, Spartan and JN Bentley all count on us for essential maintenance and engineering services and these type of high-profile customers are ones we’ll be targeting going forward."

Deritend Group employs over 100 people across its three centres of regional excellence in Luton, Middlesbrough and West Bromwich.