Shropshire’s sheet metal success

CEL Sheetmetal, which specialises in laser cutting high precision sheet metal components, is growing rapidly through exporting its products to China


CEL Sheetmetal, a Shropshire company which specialises in laser cutting high precision sheet metal components, is growing rapidly through exporting its products to China.



Eighteen months after launching, CEL Sheetmetal, based in Telford, has created 21 full-time jobs through its collaboration with a factory in China, boosted by a £54,540 SFIE (Selective Finance For Investment in England) grant from Advantage West Midlands.



Through its links with sister company, China Enterprises, CEL Sheetmetal is exporting components to their facilities in the Far East as the products it manufactures are more cost effective to produce in the UK.



CEL is ‘co-located’ with China Enterprises, a business 75 per cent owned by CEL’s managing director Nigel Fielding, and based at Panyu in the Guangzhou region of China, near Hong Kong, as well as Stafford.



As well as its laser cutting facilities, CEL, which operates from a 2,300m2 factory, has punching, forming, pressing and welding machines, as well as the ability to provide 3D modelling through its in-house design service.



CEL also has clients throughout the UK in sectors including the entertainments industry, drinks trade, medical industry and retailing, among others. Products it has manufactured include parts for beer pump handles for a leading pub chain and coin handling shoots for fruit machines.