Georg UK, which has grown 40% in 2015, is set to break into the rail sector after opening its new design and test rig centre this week.
The firm held a VIP open day to showcase its facilities and engineering team that has completed more than 50 bespoke test rigs for clients in the aerospace sector.
After collaborating with a top university, the company is now poised to take its knowledge and experience into the rail sector and expects to bring in more than £1m of new sales next year.
Delegates from Moog, Alstom, Rail Alliance and the EEF met members of staff and were given an insight into how the ‘rigs’ are putting safety critical components through their paces.
The head of manufacturing at Lloyds Bank and senior figures from Warwick Manufacturing Group were also on hand to see how the firm’s capabilities could help other customers to develop and launch new products.
Neil Wyke, Georg UK managing director, said: “We’ve had a fantastic year and a lot of this growth has been down to our ability to design and manufacture bespoke test rigs.
“To date, we’ve completed over 50 special purpose rigs, ranging from £200,000 to £2m depending on the complexity and the size.
“These have been used to test thousands of components on civil and military aircraft, including door opening systems, rudder actuators, thrust reversers and elevators…we now believe there’s a fantastic opportunity to apply this knowledge in rail.”
He added: “It’s not often that a SME can attract such a prestigious VIP list and give them a personal insight into what we do and how we do it.
“This is all part of a big sales and marketing push to get us heading towards £7m turnover next year, which should involve the recruitment of at least another three members of staff.”
Established in 1987, Georg UK originally started life manufacturing machines for coil processing equipment but – reflecting on changes in that marketplace – decided to diversify its activity at the start of the 2000s.
The shift in focus has been supported by a £250,000 investment in the Test Rig Centre, which now features a fully equipped machining shop, electronic systems, hardware and 2D3D design.