Mechan said its turnover grew to GBP2.2m in 2009, a 22% year-on-year growth. This growth coincided with a number of developments, Mechan said, including moving to new premises to improve production, growing its sales team and signing up international agents. This included appointing Abu Dhabi’s Liwa Chemicals for Petroleum and Industrial Supplies Est. as its first sales agent in the Middle East.

Mechan’s industrial lifting products include chain and wire rope hoists, winches, jib cranes and Italian firm Gruniverpal Tranchero’s range of mini mobile cranes. Its markets include rail depots and other maintenance applications, as well as the petrochemical and marine sectors.

“I am absolutely thrilled to have ended this landmark year on such a high,” said Richard Carr, Mechan’s managing director.

“At a time when the manufacturing sector is suffering from the effects of the recession, I think our achievements are even more remarkable and this is all thanks to the excellent team of employees and agents we have brought together.”