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Mabey Hire's aggressive and diverse strategy is driving growth

Specialist hire company and engineering contractor Mabey Hire is planning to capitalise on recent growth and diversify its portfolio.

The company has made some key appointments, formed links with universities and expanded its product offering. “We have remained an aggressive company, aiming to be in strong position when the country finally emerges from recession, and have gained incremental business along the way,” says managing director Mark Rooney.

He believes the construction industry still holds good prospects for his firm, with work continuing on the water sector’s AMP5 programme and the Commonwealth Games and its core business of excavation shoring remains a necessity on jobs in many sectors.

Façade restraint, another Mabey specialty, continues to be a growth area, while flood reparation and prevention schemes may provide additional work for its temporary bridging and ground access systems.

Looking further afield

But Mr Rooney says Mabey wants to cast its net wider. “We do what we do very well and we can take that ability into other areas,” he told CN.

To that end the company has recently appointed a corporate development director. “The brief is to look at where we want to be in two to five years and strategies to get us there,” Mr Rooney says.

“In three to five years we still want engineering excellence as our core business but with a series of controlled expansions into allied areas,” he adds.

The company has already expanded its portfolio in this manner – becoming the exclusive UK sales agent for the Euromat temporary access solution and also marketing the Q-Kap universal trench sheet-driving tool.

Developed by Kitchin Plant, the Q-Kap fits to a quick hitch and eliminates the need for working at height to position a traditional drive cap.

Improvements in the core offering include a recently introduced bracing system for excavations up to 25 m in length by up to 8 m wide.

Now the company has taken on an engineering director and forged links with several universities to offer work placements and ‘year out’ experience to students. The ultimate aim is to recruit some of the brighter engineers into the company and the wider construction sector.

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