PP to hit £20m sales and boost jobs

PP to hit £20m sales and boost jobs

Walsall manufacturer PP Control & Automation (PP) has secured a boost in new contracts for food, packaging and scientific equipment putting the firm on track to smash its £20m turnover this year and create 30 new jobs.

The West Midlands firm, which employs 200 people, has seen a surge in interest from machinery builders looking to outsource non-core competences in a bid to reduce lead times and optimize quality.

Tony Hague, managing director of PP, said: “Over £2m of incremental orders have already been placed in the first six months of the year and this growth – anticipated to reach 20% in 2016 – will necessitate the need for 30 new jobs.

“We made the decision a few years back to take a collaborative approach with the world’s leading machinery builders, focusing on trying to get involved earlier in the process.

“This looked at areas where we can apply our controls and automation expertise to the early build stage and then bring our capabilities in value engineering and design for manufacture to the fore.”

The initial challenge for PP is to hit its £20m target this year, followed by a five year growth plan that aims to see £40m sales by 2021.

John Armstrong, the firm’s new sales director, said: “We’re not looking for a scattergun approach to sales, quite the opposite. The firm has a fantastic reputation working with world leaders in their specific sectors and the focus will be on moving our expertise into markets we don’t currently have a footprint in.

“This level of expansion will only be achieved by growing our international markets as well and this is where our approval to build control systems to UL508a for North America is proving so successful.

“We’re also enjoying some real traction in Germany, where our Stuttgart office is making some very good contacts.”


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