Between Covid 19 and Brexit, doom and gloom seems to prevail whenever you turn on the news. But on a positive note, here in Mann Engineering we are looking forward and we are making a major investment in new machinery in 2021, with a view to be prepared for when we all get back to some sense of normality this year.
The Irish government have made numerous supports and resources available to Irish businesses, both in relation to dealing with the potential effects of Brexit and the ongoing effects of Covid 19. We have availed of some of these supports, firstly in the form of the “SBCI Future Growth Loan Scheme” through the Bank of Ireland and also the “Sustaining Enterprise Fund” from Enterprise Ireland.
Last year we were already looking at other new potential new export markets outside of the UK. Our Managing Director Rolf Fuhrmann was just after arriving back from a successful fact finding trip to South Carolina with fellow members of the Emerald Aero Group (EAG) alongside Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR), when Covid hit and the world went into lockdown. That this also had an immediate effect on the Aerospace Industry has meant that our focus and the focus of our partners in the EAG has been on potential alternative industries and export markets such as USA, Germany and France, which we are starting to make inroads into.
Pictured above is our second new machine of 2021, a Doosan Puma GT2600m 81mm Diameter bar capacity, with C axis and “live” tooling. This is the second of four machines that we have on order so far this year, with the next two machines due in the next few weeks, thus showing that we are positive of what the future holds and Mann Engineering is ready and open for business.