MAS helps expansion at Hydram

A major expansion programme undertaken by a County Durham manufacturer has led to increased turnover by 60 per cent in the last eighteen months and the creation of 60 new jobs.

Hydram Sheet Metalwork supplies metal products and components to companies including Alexander Dennis, Caterpillar, JCB and Thorn Lighting.

The firm says it has invested in securing the ISO14001 environmental accreditation and ISO18001 health and safety standard as part of its desire to win new contracts in the earth moving, transport and white goods markets.

Backed by assistance from the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS), the management team has also committed to Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) training for a number of its workers.

Hydram, which employs 180 people at its 100,000 sq ft site on Chilton Industrial Estate, has been working with MAS since 2009, accessing grants in order to attain the ISO14001 and ISO18001 accreditations. Consequently, the company is said to have reduced its energy usage across the business, as well as cutting general waste by over 60 per cent.