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New solution to dried fruit breaking launched in the UK fruitbreaker

 

A new machine designed to loosen up dried fruit has been launched onto the UK market.

 

The Concept Fruit Breaker System fits directly into production lines and is capable of breaking 25kg blocks of raisins in just seven seconds.

 

The new machine was developed after one of the UK's leading suppliers of speciality nuts, dried fruit and confectionary required a bespoke solution to improve efficiency.

 

Concept Engineering of Hull were approached and Director Andrew Cowper designed what is believed to be the only machine of its kind capable of breaking blocks of dried fruit without causing damage.

 

Concept Engineering Managing Director Steve Larkin said: “This product started life as a bespoke design for a customer who was unable to find an off the shelf solution. Now the machine is going into production to meet demand.

 

“We are able to provide a full solution including agitator and conveyor system, designed specifically for the client's dried fruit process. Our system speeds up production and produces significant savings in labour costs.”

 

Mr Larkin added: “We specialise in providing bespoke solutions to manufacturers across a range of industry sectors but where there is clear demand we are now putting our systems into production.”

 

 


 

Concept Engineering launches new apprenticeship programme steve_bobby_matthew

 

A Hull engineering company has bucked the current economic downturn to double turnover and create jobs.

 

Concept Engineering has started the programme with two apprentices who are working towards NVQ qualifications in sheet metal working and fabrication and welding.

 

Managing Director Steve Larkin (pictured, centre) said he hoped apprentices Bobby Waud,19 (left) and Matthew Ball, 21 (right), would be the first of many to go through the new programme.

 

The company is also taking on more senior staff to help meet demand following a string of major new orders.

 

Concept Engineering manufactures a range of equipment from bespoke machines, equipment and structures to complex conveyor systems. It handles projects for companies across an array of industry sectors and has particular experience and expertise in the food, fish, manufacturing, medical and pharmaceutical sectors.

 

Mr Larkin said:“We are delighted to be able to launch our new apprenticeship programme and we hope the two lads who we have taken on will be followed by several more.

 

“Concept is winning a reputation for being problem solvers - designing and building bespoke solutions for our customers.

 

“The business is in a strong position with a healthy order book from established and new customers and we are expanding our workforce in key areas to meet this demand.

 

“Our latest financial results show that we have had a record year and we are continuing to invest in the business to build on the strong foundations that have been laid since the business started eight years ago.”

 

 


 

Defying the Recession steveandandy

 

A Hull engineering company has bucked the current economic downturn to double turnover and create jobs.

 

Concept Engineering was set up by directors Steve Larkin (left) and Andy Cowper (right) in the depths of the recession in 2008. But the company has weathered the challenging economic conditions to build turnover to £1.2m and create a total of 15 jobs. Now it has invested in larger premises in Hessle Road in order to continue to meet increasing demand from its customers.

 

Concept Engineering is designing and building equipment which is being exported across the world and is looking to expand its services to the renewable energy sector. The company manufactures a range of equipment from bespoke machines, equipment and structures to complex conveyor systems. It handles projects for companies across an array of industry sectors and has particular experience and expertise in the food, fish, manufacturing, medical and pharmaceutical sectors.

 

Managing Director Steve Larkin said: “Although economic conditions were not great for launching a new business we were confident that we could meet a need in the market for a high quality and cost effective engineering service.

 

“We have doubled turnover year on year thanks to wonderful support from local companies and we are continuing to invest in the business to enable us to meet demand from our customers for large and complex projects.

 

“At the same time we have also been successful in providing a cost effective service for customers requiring smaller and simpler fabrication projects”

 

From an initial team of five, Concept Engineering now has a 15 strong team of engineers and fabricators plus an in-house CAD design service providing a full drawing office facility. In addition to moving into its new 7,000 sq ft premises investment has been made in technology including CNC machines to deliver the finest precision close limit sheet metal work.

 

Steve added: “One of the reasons for our success is that we are not just fabricators. We use our experience and expertise to provide engineering solutions for clients to make their processes more efficient and cost effective.”