Sutton Coldfield concrete firm Coltman has shrugged off the woes of the construction industry and opted to invest in production.
The company, a major supplier of structural precast concrete to the housing, commercial, industrial, health and leisure sectors, has acquired two new moulding machines.
The Spanish machines, the first of their type bought by a UK manufacturer, represent an investment of £350,000.
The equipment allows Coltman to produce precast hollowcore slab products that meet the requirements of the latest European Codes of Practice which cover precast concrete.
The machines are producing 5,000 sq m of prestressed concrete hollowcore floor slabs weekly. They are energy efficient, delivering lower maintenance costs and a more efficient use of raw materials.
Coltman has a workforce of around 145, with turnover of more than £11.5 million, and last year celebrated its 35th anniversary.
Co-founder and chairman Valerie Coltman said: "The two new machines, the very latest of their type, will make us far more efficient. Our management team worked very closely with the Spanish manufacturer and the machines were produced to our specific requirements.
"As well as streamlining production, because they are completely enclosed they provide important heath and safety benefits."
Coltman's product range includes prestressed hollowcore wide slab and solid prestressed wide slab for flooring and roofing. It also manufactures staircases, landings, balconies, terracing and wall units as bespoke products.
Customers include some of the country's leading names in architecture, construction, civil engineering, house building and property development.
It has been involved in numerous prestige projects, ranging from multi-million pound city centre redevelopments and quality housing, to civic cultural centres and premier sports arenas.