The year 2016 was one of global expansion for Meech International, as the company increased its production capability and its worldwide labor force. With a healthy rise in sales, as well as a consistently positive performance across all its regions, the company continues to strengthen its position as a leader in static control and web cleaning.
The first quarter of the financial year saw Meech’s facilities in Oxfordshire go through significant restructuring to accommodate separate build areas for its AC and DC static control systems, with the aim to increase production capability and improve process flow and productivity. Furthermore, in order to meet higher production demands, the company also increased production capacity, with the number of work stations rising by 66 percent.
“It is our sustained investment in R&D, personnel and facilities that enables us to introduce new products to the market while also providing the high level of service our clients have come to expect from the Meech brand,” explains Chris Francis, CEO at Meech International. “We are extremely pleased with our performance this year. We have seen a global increase in sales of over 25 percent, which is very satisfying and reflects the hard work of everyone involved.”
The expansion has not been solely physical for Meech, with a number of appointments taking place throughout the year. The U.K., U.S., China and Belgium offices have all increased their number of sales engineers, while the marketing department has also grown with new members of the team in both the U.K. and China. A new business development coordinator has also joined Meech in the U.K.
Furthermore, Meech continues to invest in its in-house engineering and R&D capabilities, with newly created roles in the engineering team, including project design engineer, research and development engineer and assistant project engineer. These additions allow the team to remain at the forefront of technology, developing both new and existing ranges and working with customers on specific projects.
“We expect this growth to continue into 2017,” Francis says. “Our aim is to double our sales in the next five years and, to achieve this, we need to ensure we have the right people, technologies and facilities to meet the challenge.”