A TOP manufacturing company welcomed the MEP for the East Midlands to officially open its new state-of-the-art laboratory.
MEP Emma McClarkin visited TMAT Ltd, of Holmewood Industrial Park, Chesterfield, which manufactures acoustic and thermal insulation parts for vehicles, and was shown a Case New Holland tractor fitted out with TMAT products.
The new lab is part of a £750,000 investment into the TMAT site and aims to drive the company’s manufacturing and growth forward with innovation and new technology.
Ms McClarkin, who cut the ribbon to open the new lab during an open day this month, said: “The new lab illustrates the commitment TMAT has to research and development and innovation so that the company can continue to grow.”
Ms McClarkin was encouraged to see how TMAT’s workforce has increased and that the company is making a huge contribution to exporting with more than half of its sales going to Europe, Asia and the Americas.
She added: “I’m here to make sure that what comes out of Brussels and the European Union doesn’t hamper UK businesses but aides them so that the UK can remain competitive.
“I’m so thrilled to see such a hub of activity here in Chesterfield and that it’s making such a difference to the future of manufacturing.
“The success of TMAT and companies like them shows that Britain has the skills, the trading ability and spirit in a difficult world economic climate to build the growth that is essential to keep our economy on the road to recovery.”
Colin Larkin, of Case New Holland tractors, said he could see a huge difference in the plant since his last visit almost five years ago and was impressed to see TMAT moving in the right direction.
Visitors to the TMAT open day were also shown how well the company reduces noise inside cabins on vehicles like Case New Holland tractors.