Grant funding kick-starts Kaltek’s expansion


A HIGH-TECH control panel producer is hoping to hit £1 million turnover in 2010 and create new jobs after relocating to Widnes waterfront.
Kaltek Automation (UK) Ltd has more than doubled the size of its factory floor space following its move to Heron Business Park after securing £40,000 grant funding from the Northwest Development Agency (NWDA).

North West Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors Mitchell Charlesworth supported Kaltek in their application to the NWDA to secure the finance, which could see several new jobs created at the plant.

George Brady, managing director, said: "Fortunately for us, several of the sectors we supply are weathering the economic storm and are continuing to place orders and as a result we have exceeded all our expectations.

"Demand for our products has been fantastic and we needed much bigger office and manufacturing space to provide a platform for us to increase capacity and productivity, which we hope will also help us reach £1 million turnover by next year."

Kaltek Automation was founded in 2004 and currently employs 12 staff after recruiting three new employees since the move.

The award-winning company specialises in the design, manufacture and build of electrical instruments and PLC control panels, including ASTA rated motor control panels.

It supplies a wide range of industries including food, chemical, pharmaceutical, water, automotive, petrochemical and manufacturing. Kaltek's clients include BAE Systems, ICI, Kimberley Clarke, Ford, Jaguar, Rolls Royce, United Utilities, PQ Silicas, Invensys Systems Ltd, and Heraeus Noblelight Ltd.

Greg Harris, a corporate finance and grant funding specialist at Mitchell Charlesworth, said: "Kaltek Automation were in a position where they had simply outgrown their previous premises but needed additional funding to move to a bigger and better site to accommodate the growing business.

"Fortunately, the company is in a strong position to expand further and we advised on a finance package with the help of Business Link Northwest to help them embark on the next phase of the company's development, which should also create new jobs."

Business Link Northwest also advised Kaltek on its relocation from its former 135sq m premises on Pickerings Road, Widnes, to its new 330sq m site.

Darrol Plows, an advanced engineering adviser at Business Link Northwest, added: "Kaltek is a thriving company and I am delighted that its expansion plans have been secured with the help of a grant from the NWDA. Business Link Northwest will be on hand to support the company in any of its future endeavours."

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