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International Successes help mark 40th Birthday in style

16 May 2014

One of the UK’s leading forklift attachment firms is celebrating a milestone birthday with a number of exciting export wins, plus a huge investment in cutting-edge technology it was revealed today.

Contact Attachments, based in Newtown, Mid Wales, is celebrating its 40th birthday this month with a number of new orders for clients from across the globe, and is also marking reaching its target for export sales with a huge 10% of the firm’s products now shipped to as far flung and unusual places as Antarctica, Vietnam, the Middle East, Congo, and the Falkland Islands.

And the company, which is renowned for its ability to create one-offs and ‘specials’ to match its clients’ exact requirements, has celebrated its special anniversary by investing in a brand new, state-of-the-art laser cutting machine which will help it continue to design and create bespoke solutions to meet every need.

“We’re thrilled to have reached such a momentous anniversary” explained Des Phillips, General Manager of Contact Attachments. “Not only has the firm seen off two recessions and plenty of downturns and changes in the market, but through all of this time we’ve maintained our commitment to our team and our investment in our plant, our suppliers, and our products, and our strength and success now is absolutely testament to the vision of our Directors and the efforts of the whole team.”

First launched in Kent, Contact Attachments chose to move to Mid Wales 35 years ago and was the first engineering firm in the country to achieve BS5750, now known as ISO9001. This commitment to excellence is once again in evidence with the company recently signing up to work towards ISO 14001 in 2014, as part of a move which they see as important to their ongoing growth. “We chose to lead the way with the ISO9001 quality standard” explained Des, “because quality is at the heart of everything that we do, and we want to demonstrate the same commitment with ISO14001 as we know how important environmental and sustainability issues are to our customers – now and in the future.”

“We’re rightly proud of all that we’ve achieved over the last 40 years, and our approach is obviously working as many of our first customers still buy from us today, and the average length of service of a member of our team is a huge 16 years. We’re also proud of the investment that we’ve made over the last four decades in developing young engineers, many of whom have gone on to set up and run their own successful engineering companies. Princess Anne even came to our site in Newtown in 2001 to recognise our role in the Shared Apprenticeship Scheme, and confessed to taking on some welding herself in the stables!”

“The future is very bright for Contact Attachments, with a new website launching later this summer, planned additions to our product range, plus of course the ongoing work that we’ll be able to do with our new laser-cutting machine. It’s fair to say that we’re very much looking forward to the next 40 years and see the business going from strength to strength” he concluded.

Contact Attachments has been designing and manufacturing forklift truck attachments from its base in Newtown, Mid Wales, for over 35 years and is recognised as the quality leader of truck attachments in the UK. Covering sweeping equipment, drum handling, lifting equipment, waste handling, access platforms, and bespoke attachments, the firm offers a total solution to customers across the globe.

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