Heavy engineering facility changes hands

RWE’s Ferrybridge Engineering Workshop business has been sold to TGM Industrial, an integrated group of precision engineering and industrial manufacturing companies.

The Ferrybridge facility, in Knottingley, West Yorkshire, is historically important for the UK’s power industry, with the workshops housed within the turbine hall of a grade II listed former power generation site.

Established over 40 years ago, the workshop served an external client base until 2017 before becoming a predominantly dedicated service centre for RWE’s UK power infrastructure.

It has provided expert large-scale facilities that enable critical repair and maintenance of power generation equipment, as well as providing engineering services to conventional and renewable power generation markets in the UK.

The site consists of a 161,000 sq ft workshop with an extensive range of machine tools capable of handling components up to 120 tonnes, as well as welding, blasting, and specialist measuring capability.

Since 2019, the new owner, TGM Industrial, has acquired seven other companies that complement the Ferrybridge workshop capabilities.

These will ensure the Ferrybridge Engineering Workshop will continue to provide services to the UK power industry and potentially to other industrial sectors.

A workforce of 22 employees who support the business at Ferrybridge will transfer to TGM Industrial.

The sale enables RWE to continue making use of the Ferrybridge workshop in the future but as a customer rather than an owner.

RWE has agreed to a Provision of Services Agreement as part of the sale, which provides TGM with a 36-month agreement to provide parts and services for RWE’s UK gas power station outages, with an option to extend in the future.

Will Jeffery, director of RWE Generation UK, said: “We are pleased to have completed this transaction with TGM Industrial, especially given the site’s historical engineering legacy.

“We believe its capabilities have better future opportunities and strategic fit with an owner that considers the workshop as its core business.

“This sale provides the ability for the workshop business at Ferrybridge to grow beyond the limitations of a predominantly internal RWE service provider.”

Tim Brooksbank, director of TGM Industrial, added: We are excited about the acquisition from RWE of the Ferrybridge Workshop business, which reflects the strategy we have been pursuing over the past six years to acquire synergistic businesses with niche manufacturing and precision engineering expertise, and will bring our aggregate annual revenues to over £25m.

“We look forward to capitalising on the impressive skills and capabilities at Ferrybridge to expand its provision of services within the power generation sector and introduce corresponding services into other sectors, while continuing to service the needs of RWE in the UK.

“We also expect this acquisition to enhance significantly the scope of our capacities and available offering to existing customers within the TGM Industrial group.”

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