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Subsidiary of Chatteris firm Stainless Metalcraft secures £7.2 million government contract




An engineering firm rescued by Chatteris-based Stainless Metalcraft after in went into administration has just secured a £7.2million government contract.

Bolton-based Booth Industries has the contract for safety doors, consolidating its impressive turnaround since assets of the business were bought out of administration by Metalcraft, part of Avingtrans PLC’s Process Solutions and Rotating Equipment (PSRE) division, in June this year.

When Metalcraft acquired the Booth Industries business, it did not acquire the existing order book, meaning that Booth essentially had to start from scratch when it came to building a commercially-viable order book.

Austen Adams.
Austen Adams.

This new contract brings the total contract value secured since June to over £12 million, spread over the next two years.

Austen Adams, managing director of Avingtrans’ PSRE division said: “This is fantastic news for the team at Booth Industries. When we acquired the trade and certain assets of the business earlier this year, we were excited by its potential, given similarities to other businesses within our division and the opportunity to enhance our offer to a range of existing and potential customers.

“Securing these contracts supports that judgement and, as home to a number of great British engineering brands, we remain confident in our abilities to restore Booth Industries to a clear leadership position in its chosen niche markets.”

Steve McQuillan, CEO of Avingtrans, said: “The team at Booth Industries has got off to a promising start, clearly justifying our decision to invest in the business. Avingtrans has a strong track record of identifying underperforming businesses in highly-regulated engineering markets and investing in them to turn the underlying business around, via our PIE model (Pinpoint-Invest-Exit). As the Booth acquisition shows, it’s an approach that continues to deliver significant shareholder value while securing the future of traditional UK engineering businesses and retaining essential skills in the economy.”

Booth Industries currently has 90 employees and focuses on the design and manufacture of blast doors and prefabricated fire and blast wall systems, fire doors (integrity and insulated) for both off and on-shore applications, radiation shielding doors, acoustic doors, security doors, multi-performance and large bespoke doors. Its products into a range of markets including offshore oil & gas, marine, rail and infrastructure, tunnels and mining, security and counter terrorism, aviation, nuclear, commerce and industrial, spares, maintenance and repairs.

At the time of its acquisition by Metalcraft, its net assets totalled approximately £2.5million, excluding existing cash and the company’s debtor book.


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