A Wolverhampton toolmaker is bucking the negative trend surrounding the sector by landing up to £1 million of new work.
Bervin Tool and Die, which employs 35 people at its Crown Street site, has beaten off foreign competition to secure a host of orders both at home and abroad, including a major contract to supply parts into a range of Ford vehicles.
These milestones comes at an exciting time for the company, with plans now in place to more than double its current 20,000 sq ft site and recruit an additional 25 people during the next six months.
Managing director Jim Brookes, said: "We've had an unbelievable year and are really flying the flag for UK manufacturing.
"A lot of local businesses go on about not being able to compete, yet we have proven that if you get the quality right first time and deliver to the exact requirements of the client, the contracts will undoubtedly come. It is an approach that has already led to us completing jobs for tools going to India, Czech Republic and Poland."
Established in 1973, Bervin provide a wide range of tools and dies to the automotive industry, construction sector and domestic goods market.
Over the course of the last year, the company has implemented a number of new processes and manufacturing techniques, resulting in turnover increasing by nearly 50 per cent to £3 million.
Mr Brookes said he was keen to build on the momentum by investing more than £3 million into new state- of- the- art machinery, design software and an ambitious extension of its current facilities.
"The extension should be completed by this time next year, when we will be housed in a 27,000 sq ft purpose built site," he said.
Bervin is looking at the possibility of acquiring the operations of another manufacturer, which would provide complimentary skills to the core tool and die business.