Established in 1949, Torkington manufactures high-quality Computer Numeric Control (CNC) and conventional machine parts and equipment in the oil and gas, chemical, power generation, pharmaceutical, nuclear and water treatment industries.
Also known as The European Organization for Nuclear Research, CERN is one of the world's largest and most respected centres for scientific research. The trade mission was organised in conjunction with the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).
During the trade mission, DIT Switzerland arranged relevant in-country appointments which, along with the wider networking opportunities on offer, led to the company receiving enquiries from several departments within CERN. The value of orders received at Torkington Engineers to date because of the trade mission is £60,000 with enquiries still coming through on a regular basis.
Clive Drinkwater, the Department for International Trade’s regional director for the North West commented: “The dramatic increase in Torkington Engineers’ level of exporting since the visit to CERN shows the importance of such market visits. At the Department for International Trade we have a committed North West team that collaborates with colleagues in Switzerland and the SFTC to ensure our engineering firms can take advantage of the opportunities CERN offers.
“To win business at CERN firms have to meet the highest scientific standards required. Torkington Engineers’ continued success is proof of its world-class innovation and quality.”
Paul Hulse, Torkington Engineers’ business relationship manager commented: “DIT’s assistance allowed us to engage with CERN in ways we wouldn’t have otherwise have been able to. The increased workload has also been superb for our apprentice engineers, who have gained invaluable hand on experience with CNC work.
“From an engineering prospective, the work scope has generated key learning skills for our apprentice engineers which can only be good for the future of Torkington Engineers. We would recommend any company in the North West that is looking to start or increase their exports to contact the Department for International Trade. Its excellent team can quickly link you in to support that would be very difficult to find or access on your own.”