First phase completed

Blaney Group, based in Ahoghill, Co Antrim have completed the first phase of their new purpose built manufacturing facility which they say will help future-proof the business and expand the capacity required to meet customer demand across all of its engineering divisions.

The new facility houses Blaney’s precision engineering company Blaney Gears and gives significant space for assembly of the Blaney Agri tractor machinery and Quad-X ATV equipment. This new site also allows for extra yard space and some warehousing and spare parts storage.

The company says the expansion further cements the synergy Blaney draws from each of its engineering divisions including Blaney Agri, Quad-X, Blaney Gears, Blaney Fabrication and Blaney Motor.

This new facility has allowed for the enhancement of Blaney’s existing manufacturing plant which is situated 100m away, to focus on metal fabrication giving greater capacity for welding, laser cutting, folding, bending and CNC machining.

Owner, Sean Blaney, said, “We are excited to be looking forward to continuing to innovate, develop and to build world class products. We have invested in a wide range of capital expenditure projects over the last few years and are completing the first phase of an exciting business improvement and investment programme.”

William Neill, production manager, added, "In recent weeks we have introduced one of the most advanced robotic welding cells in Ireland to our fabrication plant to help strengthen our ability to meet the increased demand on our capacity requirements.”

Katrina Niblett, HR manager said, “Covid has made us rethink how we operate and reach our customers, and this has resulted in increased sales over the last six months. Our extensive product range covers products for every season and so with a combination of ongoing design and development, fabrication and assembly as well as the move to the new factory, things are always busy."

The company says the next phase of their investment programme will be concluded shortly including some restructuring and further investment in the sites in Ahoghill. The new facilities allow investment and further development of a Centre of Excellence in engineering.

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