NiTEC, leading specialists in electroless nickel plating, are dedicated to ensuring their operations are managed as efficiently as possible. They have developed a wide range of plating techniques, including the diffused nickel plating process, and use them to plate all manner of substrates. Everything from common steels to exotic materials such as titanium are plated at their facility, and this commitment to constant modernisation extends to workplace safety as well.
In late 2017, NiTEC was acquired by Cooper-Brown Enterprises through a management buy-in. The transaction was led by Marie Cooper and Chris Brown and also included the acquisition of specialist test house Spire Laboratories Ltd.
Both Ms Cooper and Mr Brown bring considerable acumen to the company. Mr Brown has worked in the Derbyshire engineering industry for much of his adult life, having held down management positions at numerous respected companies including President Engineering Group and Parker Hannifin. Since gaining his MSc in Engineering and Management from Sheffield Hallam University and has put this to good use ever since, demonstrating genuine nous in his field.
Ms Cooper is a veteran in the engineering industry with a flair for management and an enterprising ambition. Her role as Finance Director with a property lettings company gave her a wealth of experience, and her aptitude for mergers and acquisitions has driven Cooper-Brown Enterprises to successfully acquire several engineering firms. Now with NiTEC under their wing, Ms Cooper and Mr Brown have built up an impressive portfolio which they plan to take from strength to strength.
NiTEC has now been awarded the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Specification (OHSAS) 18001 certificate for their Derbyshire facility. OHSAS 18001 is an international safety standard that helps identify and control risk in the workplace, improving health and safety, and creating a less hazardous, more productive environment. OHSAS 18001 is an internationally recognised standard implemented by a wide variety of industries, encouraging rigorous planning and intelligent decision-making as factors in reducing risk and liability.
The assessment process is concerned with developing not only safety management systems and emergency responses, but also staff training and awareness – the best health and safety framework in the world is redundant if the workforce isn’t ready to make use of it.
Thomas Greaves, Quality Manager at NiTEC, said: “For us, the OHSAS 18001 certification wasn’t just a way of reducing liability and accident expense. We employ some of the most highly-skilled, well-trained personnel around, and anything we can do to make their day-to-day working environment safer and more secure is absolutely worth it.”
But that’s not the only accreditation NiTEC have received recently. They were honoured to be granted a licence from the globally-recognised brand Made in Sheffield, marking NiTEC out as a trusted supplier of high-quality engineering products.
Greaves continues: “This will hopefully open a lot of doors for us – Made in Sheffield licences are not handed out idly, and we are immensely proud to be able to display ours.”
NiTEC has been in operation for more than 40 years. Their coatings can be applied to a wide range of component types and environments ranging from remote deserts, to arctic conditions, to above and beneath the waves. With nine production lines and a standard lead time of 5 days, their capacity and turnaround are fast and efficient, whether they’re processing small, fine parts or large applications such as oil pipelines.
With an already impressive blue-chip client base and the newfound leadership, there are significant plans ahead for NiTEC as a company. Cooper-Brown Enterprises have their eyes on a major expansion of the business with the aim of considerably increasing its market share – meaning a bright future for NiTEC and its employees.