A Black Country manufacturer is on track to hit its £2 million sales target after investing more than £250,000 in a new line.
Professional Polishing Services (PPS) – which puts the finish on boutique hotels, nuclear reactors and life-saving medical equipment – has completed an investment drive to boost its capacity and help it to achieve its target of £2 million sales by the end of 2022.
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The West Bromwich company offers a bespoke stainless steel and non-ferrous polishing service to a global client base including countries such as Hong Kong and Australia.
The new line gives the firm the capability to apply a variety of finishes, such as dull polish and satin finish, onto stainless steel, aluminium, brass and copper sheet.
Kirsty Davies-Chinnock, managing director at PPS, said: “Anyone in the world can touch up to 30 things we have polished every day – not bad for a small manufacturer based in West Bromwich is it?
“Like many firms, we’ve had to withstand some tough times over the last 18 months, but the recovery is now back on and we’re trying to put in place the technology we need to meet escalating demand from pretty much every sector, including automotive, construction, food and drink, nuclear and leisure.
“In the early days of the lockdown, we furloughed everyone except two senior managers and myself, who moved to the shopfloor to ensure work for the medical sector was completed.
Before long we had to call staff back, as we were polishing steel that was going into ventilator stands and the big vats that were helping to develop the vaccines.”
PPS has invested more than £750,000 into the business over the last three years to “reinforce its position as a market leader.”
And in the last 12 months, it has seen sales grow by £500,000, taking it to £1.7 million by the financial year-end.
It has also increased its workforce by 25 per cent since lockdown eased.
Kirsty added: “There are plenty of challenges in manufacturing, but I think we are all really pleased with how the economy appears to be bouncing back and we want to make sure we play our role in the recovery.
“The latest investment will give us capacity to take on new work and deliver faster lead times, yet it isn’t the end of our spending.
“I’ve already got my eye on another two machines, which would be UK firsts for the polishing sector.”