The Queen's Awards Magazine 2016

016-061_International_trade_Queen's Awards 04/07/2016 09:13 Page 47


Merlin ERD Ltd merlin Erd ltd provide expert drilling Engineering services to reduce hydrocarbon exploitation costs through their innovative technologies. as reserves become ever smaller and more difficult to access, these technologies become ever more important to make marginal developments economic. in short they help oil companies to produce more oil, cheaper and sooner. to be recognised for a second time with

especially given the recent turbulence in the oil and gas industry. The company has increased sales to its current markets from Norway to Australia, winning many difficult tenders in the process. New markets added to the Merlin portfolio – the Middle East and Brazil being the latest - take exports to over 82% and growing. The company have completed over 190 projects including major multi-well Extended Reach Drilling projects in 34 countries and over 90% of business came from repeat or client recommendation in recognition of exceptional customer excellence. The result has been royally recognised with a second Queen’s Award. Managing Director, Iain Hutchison described the accolade as “a magnificent honour. He said “it is testimony to the efforts of our talented team and exemplifies our achievements as industry leaders in advanced drilling technologies on a global scale. This is a great honour for us and we will display our Royal- backed credentials with pride.” MERLIN ERD LTD Merlin House, Necessity Brae, Perth PH2 0PF Tel +44 (0)1738 627922 h Merlin ERD ltd I @Merlin_ERD p Merlin-ERD-ltd Subsequent precision machining operations are performed by MRT’s 20 highly automated CNC machining centres. Surface finishing processes are managed by MRT through a network of local specialist subcontractors. Finally, MRT offer a comprehensive electro-mechanical assembly service to integrate their castings into finished products ready for direct distribution. Phil Rawnson, Managing Director and grandson of the Company’s founder, said “We are incredibly honoured to receive The Queen’s Award for Enterprise, particularly on Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday. It is a great tribute to the skill and hard work of the whole team at MRT, and has given us a wonderful opportunity to pause and reflect on our recent achievements. The past few years have been a busy and exciting period in the company’s history, and the Award is a great motivation to continue our development to create one of the most innovative and flexible production facilities in the global foundry industry.” MRT CASTINGS LTD South Way, Walworth Business Park, Andover, Hampshire SP10 5JT Tel: +44 (0)1264 324021 Fax: +44 (0)1264 333773 I @MRTcastings

a Queen’s award for Enterprise is a huge privilege for a business that has even greater opportunities ahead of it. Since 2007 Merlin ERD Ltd have grown significantly, the company strives to epitomise British engineering success and a ‘best of breed’ engineering ethos is reflected in its name – a reverential nod to the iconic Rolls-Royce Merlin engine, the exceptional power plant behind the legendary Supermarine Spitfire. Merlin has seen overseas turnover double in the last three years. A passionate and highly skilled team which has grown 50% over the same period further highlights the company’s impressive growth,

Above: The first Queen’s Award presented to Iain & Debbie Hutchison by Brigadier Mel Jamieson The Lord Lieutenant and Liz Grant The Lord Provost of Perth & Kinross in October 2014 Left: Staff celebrate with flags at Merlin HQ, Merlin House in Perth, Scotland on learning of the first Queen’s Award in April 2014

MRT Castings Ltd

mrt castings was established in 1947 in south london, and relocated to its current production base in Hampshire in 1965. mrt manufactures aluminium and zinc die castings, precision machined components and innovative electro- mechanical assemblies for hi-tech oEms across the world. the company remains a family owned business, and has a highly skilled workforce of 55 staff. MRT’s Queen’s Award for International Trade is a recognition of the company’s outstanding growth in export sales over recent years. New production contracts from customers in the USA, Ireland, Hungary, Poland, France and Germany have seen exports grow to 56% of the company’s total sales. The business as a whole grew by 70% last year alone. To support this expansion the company has invested £1.5m in additional production capacity and automation, and has moved into two additional manufacturing units adjacent to its existing site in Andover. MRT focus on producing complex components for applications in the medical, defence, aerospace and electronics industries. Working in partnership with their customers from the initial component design concept, MRT add value by managing the complete production supply chain. The company’s foundry produces castings through the gravity and high pressure die casting processes.


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