Concept move to larger premises for the third time in a 12 year period
Concept Engineering continues to go from strength to strength, recently relocating yet again to larger premises.
They initially set out in a 3,500 sq ft workshop on Wiltshire Road, which they quickly outgrew, resulting in a move to a 7,000 sq ft unit on Hessle Road. Due to the strong and ever growing orderr book, another move was yet again necessary, and they recently made the move back to Wiltshire Road. This time to a 14,000 sq ft unit which they had specially adapted to suit their specific requirements, creating a modern and light factory, achieving the high-tech manufacturing space they required.
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 a good turnover and create a total of 23 jobs.
Concept Engineering is designing and building equipment which is being exported across the world and is looking to expand its services to new sectors including the petrochemical industry. 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 have been unstable we are confident we can 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 23 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 14,000 sq ft premises investment has been made in technology including CNC machines to deliver the finest precision close limit sheet metal work.
New solution to dried fruit breaking launched in the UK
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 Strengthens Workforce
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.
To aid it’s continued growth, Concept Engineering has recently made a number of appointments in both the offices and factory.
The company has recruited another member of senior staff to oversee the project managing and design side of the business.
Additional fabricators have also been taken on to help deal with the additional demand created by a string of new orders.
Concept Engineering has started the programme to support their business by taking on apprentices who are working towards NVQ qualifications in sheet metal working and fabrication and welding in the workshop and business administration in the office.
Mr Larkin said: “We are delighted to be able to launch our new apprenticeship programme and we hope to carry on with the programme into the future. I feel that a commitment to young people is what we need to help grow the business and secure the future for the company.
“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 twelve years ago.”
Precision Glass Testing Rig Designed
When the world leader in specialist glass production needed a bespoke testing rig it turned to Concept Engineering for a solution.
Saint Gobain needed a system to test the strength of its laminated glass which is used for glazing homes and offices across the UK.
Our design team successfully created an effective ball drop device which enables Saint Gobain to ensure its products far exceed the required glass safety standards.
The device is able to be set at four different tolerance heights and uses magnets to release a metal sphere without inducing any momentum or rotation at the point of impact.
The sphere impacts with pin point precision testing three points in each sheet of laminated glass all in close proximity.
Concept Engineering Director Steve Larkin said: “As a world leader in their field, Saint Gobain set extremely high standards. They needed an uncomplicated but effective solution and that is what we created for them.”
The system is now in regular use at Saint Gobain’s production centre at Eggborough, East Yorkshire.