A Worcestershire manufacturer has used principles from the automotive industry to save residents in El Paso, Texas, more than six million gallons of water every day.
Machined Component Systems, which employs 35 people at its North Moons Moat site in Redditch, has developed three specialist parts for a new leak detection sensor.
The range of specialist engineered parts play an essential role in holding together the Permalog device, which uses ultrasonic technology to survey the city-wide water network for potential problems and wastage.
Thousands of the boxes are buried in the ground and send soundwaves along the path of the pipe to detect and locate leaks.
Jim Gray, managing director of MCS, said: "This is great news for the business and shows what you can achieve when you take your core skills and apply them to different applications.
"We are currently supplying around 30,000 units per year to Palmer Environmental, who is part of the multi-national Halma Group.
"In total, it's worth about #300,000 to us."
Companies were invited to tender for the order through specialist procurement website Vendigital, which allows businesses to provide quotes and capabilities for the customer to choose from.
MCS made it onto the shortlist and, although coming third on cost, managed to secure the business after impressing the delegation at a specially organised factory tour.
Mr Gray said: "They liked the quality we could offer and the operational support that would simply not materialise if they went abroad. Our commitment to investing in the latest machinery was also a big plus point.
"The relationship is going from strength to strength, so much so that we are undertaking prototype work for the Permalog 4, the next generation of leak detection technology."
Machined Component Systems has seen its business change rapidly since losing orders through the MG Rover closure, with the company picking up new contracts in the automotive, heating, medical device and disability product marketplaces.
Driving this growth has been its long-standing relationship with Accelerate, which has resulted in grant funding for new machinery and participation in a Supply Chain Improvement Project aimed at reducing waste and increasing efficiency.
The latest assistance, a #20,000 cash injection, has allowed the firm to buy a state-of-the-art Miyano LZ mill turn machine that uses an automated feed system for efficient billet production.
Warren Gray, sales director, said: "Prior to this investment, we had a guy loading the parts and, as you can imagine, this was very labour intensive.
"What this gives us now is the opportunity to work 24 hours a day and ensures even greater accuracy on finished products.
"More importantly, this provides us with the perfect platform to build on and explore new automotive product ranges that previously have been out of reach."
Rachel Eade, of Accelerate, said: "MCS has had its fair share of setbacks over the last three years, but what has been constant is their desire to diversify their business and pro-actively attack new contracts.
"This approach has seen them adopt new manufacturing processes, seek out new markets and form strategic partnerships, all with the overall aim of securing more sales.
"I'm delighted to say it seems to be working, with the company now doing work for Stannah Stairlifts and successfully retaining the supply of parts to Dura Automotive's European plants."