Cumbria engineering group aiming to expand workforce by a third

Anand Puthran

A Workington engineering group aims to expand its 65-strong workforce by a third after acquiring a new product line from a Swiss-based company, for an undisclosed sum.

McMenon Engineering Services has been chosen by global technology business ABB to make the variable area (VA) flowmeters product portfolio, which had been produced by ABB in Germany.

Following the acquisition, McMenon, under a supply partnership agreement, will continue to supply VA meters carrying the ABB brand and the meters remain part of ABB’s product offering.

McMenon, a worldwide manufacturer and supplier of quality flow and temperature measurement instrumentation, and ABB have a long standing partnership.

McMenon CEO, Anand Puthran, said: “I take great pride in the fact that McMenon have been considered by ABB as a reliable new home for the VA flowmeter product portfolio.

“The fact that we were chosen over other global competitors is testament to the quality of our product engineering and manufacturing capabilities and reputation for innovation.”

Complimenting the workforce, chief operations officer Shiby Bernard, said: “In the span of a few weeks, McMenon’s brilliant team successfully transferred the entire product line to Workington.

“This acquisition will create stability, growth and more opportunities for our workforce and new jobs.”

She added: “Through proactive endeavours and the brilliant support of its team, McMenon is helping to secure its own future as we emerge from the after effects of the pandemic and Brexit.”

With this acquisition, McMenon, already a highly recognised name in the global flowmeter and temperature instrumentation market, will now be placed among the top global manufacturers of VA flowmeters.

Mr Puthran said: “This win for McMenon is also a win for UK manufacturing. Not often do we see manufacturing operations being transferred into the UK, especially from countries like Germany which are the best in the business.

“We have recently celebrated 75 years of manufacturing heritage in the United Kingdom and we are proud to keep flying the flag for UK manufacturing.”