New jobs at welding firm after contract is secured

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A SPECIALIST welding firm is celebrating after securing a major export contract.

Mildenhall-based MacGregor Welding Sytems Ltd fought off bids from international competitors to land the order from China.

The firm will supply a semi-automatic welding system for a major automotive electronic components manaufacturer. The contract comes hot on the heels of four earlier export deals with Chinese companies for eco-friendly semi-automated lamp manufacturing lines.

The order is good news for the company’s 25 staff and means it has already begun advertising for a number of new roles.

Graham MacGregor, managing director, said: “ For many years MacGregor Welding Systems has been involved in providing its worldwide blue-chip client base with process development work.

“However, in the last few years we have seen an increase in demand from places like China for the development of bespoke fully automated and semi-automated solutions, which is the reason we are now expanding our operation.”

The contract was secured following extensive development trials in MacGregor applications laboratory where the full capabilities of the equipment were demonstrated.

Despite MacGregor’s track record of working with industry giants Philips and Osram, the move into semi-automated equipment is a new challenge for the firm.

The product uses a four station system and includes vision monitoring systems for component checking and product bar code reading.

Remote system access enables UK staff to monitor in real-time and also provides system updates and live support.

The company says the product’s strength lies in its ability to reliably weld small, critical components, making it ideal for many industries including medical, aerospace and automotive electronics.

The deal maintains MacGregor Welding Systems’ position in the design and manufacture of DC micro weld equipment, with its product currently being exported to more than 20 countries worldwide.