West Midlands manufacturer boosts investment amid “ambitious” growth plans

A West Midlands based manufacturing business has increased investment in its production capabilities, people and systems following a period of rapid growth, thanks largely to its growing automotive customer base.

Tecman Advanced Material Engineers supplies thermal management solutions for battery systems to a wide range of leading car manufacturers, including Hybrid platforms and next generation EVs.

Following a period of significant customer success, Tecman has invested heavily across several areas to support ambitious growth plans. The business has invested over £1.6m in equipment and facility upgrades with its UK automation partners, which has involved the rollout of laser cutting machines, robotic part handling and next generation rotary presses.

As well as developing and delivering solutions for the automotive sector, Tecman have a sizable market presence in the life sciences, electronics and wind power sectors, supplying a range of components, materials and innovative products to tier suppliers and OEMs throughout the supply chain.

The changes and investments the company has made will be felt across each of these market segments. Tecman’s significant investment is accompanied by a restructuring of its operations and engineering teams, which have grown in headcount following a number of new director and manager level appointments for roles based at their Leamington Spa HQ.

Additional investment in broadband upgrades, real time stock management and inventory management techniques will make a major cumulative difference to business efficiency and productivity, which will help to power the next decade of growth.

Tecman recently launched a new thermal management innovation at Battery Cells and Systems Expo, a major industry exhibition held at the Birmingham NEC on 28 and 29 June, which attracted interest from global companies.

To support growing demand for their automotive solutions, Tecman are also investing in their quality management system and industry specific processes. They are mid-way through the certification process for IATF 16949:2016, a key industry accreditation that will help accelerate the company’s work with tier one suppliers and OEMs.

Managing director Kevin Porter commented: “Over the last six months we have invested significant time and money in our people, processes and equipment, investing in the UK and in creating highly skilled jobs. Despite the challenging economic environment, our innovative approach and commitment to customer service has seen us grow significantly.

“The whole team are really excited about the future and feel we’re in an excellent position. I’m confident these investments will help us achieve our ambitious plans and look forward to seeing how these improvements will deliver even better results for our customers across the sectors we operate in.”

By Matthew Neville – Senior Correspondent, Bdaily

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