A £5 million investment in new equipment and skills has provided three Lincolnshire companies to expand and diversify.
Eminox Limited, Hooton Engineering and CWM Automation, all part of the Hexadex Group, created nearly 70 jobs and supported 14 apprenticeships in 2018. The businesses plan to continue to increase these numbers further in 2019.
Overall the companies have a workforce totalling 430 people.
Eminox Limited specialises in designing and manufacturing emissions control systems to reduce harmful emissions and enable truck, bus and heavy machinery operators to better protect the environment and meet tightening air quality regulations.
Eminox has invested over £4 million in new equipment and staff training to continue the ongoing expansion of the company.
Hooton Engineering, which manufactures small to medium sized fabrications, mainly in stainless steel, works with businesses such as Derby Homes, Kerry Foods, Hovis and Noble Foods, plans to double its growth in 2019 and will be expanding to a new, larger site.
CWM Automation joined the Hexadex Group in October 2018 and is already looking to relocate to new premises, nearly three times larger than its current site. The company creates bespoke machinery for leading food producers such as Yeo Valley, Troy Foods, Swizzels Matlow, Harvey & Brockless and the Samworth Brothers Group, producers of Ginsters pasties and pies.
According to Engineering UK, the country will need 1.8 million new engineers and technicians by 2025.
Mark Runciman, Managing Director for Eminox, said: “These are unprecedented figures. The engineering skills gap is not going away, and it is those in the industry that have to take steps to plug it.
“By investing in our staff and future generations, we can make sure we train them to meet our unique and high standards in a more efficient way.”