Heavy-lift specialist Mammoet has opened a new £7 million facility in Teeside in the north of the UK.
The 2,700 square-meter facility in Thornaby provides storage, workshop space, training facilities, testing areas and offices for Mammoet’s breakbulk handling operations in the UK. The firm has invested more than £15 million in the region and now forecasts further growth of 50 percent in its UK business.
The six acre (2.43 ha) site will house 180 of its UK employees, including the 36 that work in Leeds and 140 employees who work in Billingham.
Matthew Gent, Mammoet UK’s managing director, said: “This is a significant, long-term, investment in our business and people that emphasises just how important the UK market and customer base is to the global Mammoet company.
“Significant opportunities exist in the UK in relation to major petrochemical, oil and gas, power, nuclear and infrastructure projects, and we have the expertise to match that demand.
“Mammoet UK has continued to expand in the UK market following our strategy of helping clients improve construction efficiency and optimise the uptime of their plants and installations with services and solutions for lifting, transportation, installing and decommissioning large and heavy structures.
Quoted in the local media, Gent says he foresees further expansion of the UK business of up to 50 percent.
The workshop has two overhead cranes; two service pits, including a rolling road and brake testing facility capable of accommodating the largest mobile cranes in the market place; as well as covered storage within the workshop to accommodate Mammoet’s auxiliary equipment including hydraulic jacks, hydraulic skid systems, lifting equipment, strand jacks, and so on.
Headquartered in Schiedam in the Netherlands, Mammoet is one of the oldest heavy-lift firms in the world and delivers a range of services from breakbulk transportation and logistics planning to crane rental.