Arrowsmith Engineering, which employs 60 people at its recently extended facility in Bayton Road, is manufacturing a production part for airplane engines that fly millions of miles every year.
Backed by support from the Manufacturing Growth Programme (MGP), the company now expects to double annual sales to £7 million by 2020.
It has also just been awarded the Silver SC21 award, making it one of a select group of firms across the UK to achieve this supply chain standard.
Jason Aldridge, managing director of Arrowsmith Engineering, said: “Our client base is the who’s who of the aerospace sector and the only way we get to supply into these type of businesses is by offering precision components and on time delivery. In fact, the latter is at 98% for the last year.
“This was a key factor in us winning the new order and will take the business to a whole new level. We’ve had to employ 12 new people to cope with the increased demand, including three interns, two new apprentices, a quality engineer and six machinists.”
He continued: “SC21 is a significant award in our sector and for us to secure Silver is a fantastic achievement and one that will safeguard and, hopefully, win us new work. It’s a very difficult standard to attain and we really benefitted from the expertise and support of MGP in refining our systems.”
Arrowsmith Engineering is a specialist in precision turning, milling, thread rolling and grinding, providing components in titanium, nimonics, stainless steel, exotic metal and engineering plastics.
The company has been working with the Manufacturing Growth Programme since October 2016, first with the SC21 application and then, more recently, in a gap analysis for the new AS9100D aerospace quality standard.