L-R: Paul Masters and Giles Salt (M&I Materials), Richard Jeffrey, Yvonne Grady and Paul Halliday (GC Business Growth Hub) and Barry Menzies (MIDEL Dielectric Fluids Global)
Manchester-based M&I Materials, a global leader in commercialising materials for demanding applications, today celebrated their new manufacturing line in Manchester, made possible with help from the Greater Manchester Export Fund, delivered by The Growth Company.
The new facility provides significant additional capacity to manufacture M&I Materials’ brand MIDEL, the world’s leading ester transformer fluid.
Giles Salt, CEO of M&I Materials, said: “We were delighted to be selected by the Greater Manchester Export Fund to receive this award, which enabled us to increase our production facilities to meet growth in demand for MIDEL around the world.
“As a Great British exporter, we export to world-leading companies in over 60 countries. This investment allows us to further expand our footprint and thus to also secure and create local manufacturing jobs.”
Visiting the new line Richard Jeffery, director of business growth at The Growth Company, said: “M&I Materials are a fascinating company and, with a presence in Manchester since the 1940s, are one of the area’s real success stories. It’s fantastic to see this new facility and I’m looking forward to watching the business go from strength to strength.”
This investment is the latest in an expansion for M&I Materials’ global footprint which follows on from the launch of a new production facility in the USA, and the opening of Africa’s first ever ester transformer fluid factory in Johannesburg last month.
M&I Materials also benefited from GC Business Growth Hub’s Innovation Vouchers scheme. These enable small and medium-sized enterprises to apply for funding to access expertise and specialist facilities within Greater Manchester’s universities.
Richard Jeffery added: “I’d really encourage businesses who want to gain a competitive edge and accelerate the development of innovative products and services to apply for Innovation Voucher funding and other business support which is available from the GC Business Growth Hub. Take advantage and harness the expert knowledge and facilities we’re blessed with in Greater Manchester.”
PD Ports Northern Powerhouse Export Awards, in association with HSBC and the Department for International Trade, seeks to recognise the most entrepreneurial exporters from across the North of England.
For more info visit www.northernexportawards.co.uk.
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