Hallamshire Engineering Services enjoys new lease of life after acquisition by Group Rhodes

Sheffield based Hallamshire Engineering Services Limited, a company which can trace its roots back nearly 300 years, is now enjoying a new lease of life 12 months after it was acquired by a Wakefield engineering group.

Located in Dinnington, Hallamshire Engineering Services Limited is an internationally recognised engineering company that enjoys a multi-million pound turnover, yet like many companies, it was finding it difficult to maintain sales in the wake of the recent economic downturn. It was however the firm's in-depth knowledge and expertise that attracted the attention of Group Rhodes who acquired the firm last March.

Group Rhodes is one of Europe's largest original equipment manufacturers in its field, supplying an extensive range of machinery for metalforming, heavy ceramics, waste management, sub sea oil and gas exploration and special purpose applications. Technology developed by group company, Joseph Rhodes Limited was this year recognised by a Queen's Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category.

Hallamshire Engineering is one of the UK's leading manufacturers of Materials Handling equipment and offers a wide portfolio of products to the Quarrying and Mining sector. The company is nationally renowned for its comprehensive range of bespoke conveyor pulleys and rollers and expertise in providing handling solutions to industry. The firm exports its products to variety of companies world wide and offers a one stop shop design and manufacturing solution service.

Other areas of expertise include the manufacture of mechanical filters for the paper and clay industries as well as a comprehensive hard facing service. In particular, the company supplies a wide variety of wear resistant components to the clay preparation industry, designed to prolong the life of machinery used in the production of bricks and clay pipes.

Hallamshire's Engineering Manager, Stuart Galley, said: "Although Group Rhodes very much leaves us to operate independently, we now enjoy the security of being part of a successful, forward looking company. We are able to offer our customers a speedy, reliable and cost effective service and are no longer constrained by the size of customer orders. The facilities of Group Rhodes, which operates from an 8-acre site with over 15,000 sq. metres of factory space under cranage, are at our disposal".

He added: "We have several potential projects in the pipeline and are looking to invest in new machinery, our first consideration being a new CNC drilling machine to provide improved productivity in the manufacture of items such as the tube, plates and baffles used in heat exchangers".

Hallamshire Engineering intends to increase turnover by 25% in the 2010/2011 financial year with the majority of its growth being organic. The company believes that new jobs will be created through the introduction of new products as well as the development of existing markets.