As the largest manufacturing centre in the country, the Leeds City Region is continuing to export its skills in advanced engineering around the world.
Yorkshire law firm Clarion specialises in supporting fast growing businesses in the sector and has recently worked with LBBC Technologies, on a commercial property investment, assisting its move into a new £1.5m purpose-built manufacturing facility
LBBC Technologies is the epitome of Yorkshire manufacturing excellence. A division of a Leeds engineering group which dates back nearly 140 years and is now being run by the fifth generation of the family, it has grown into a world leader in its field. The £8.5m turnover LBBC Group is a global supplier of autoclave systems and related engineering activities used in a range of high pressure applications and environments. Over 70 per cent of its business is now generated from export and as the company is industry-focussed rather than looking at particular territories, sales can literally come from anywhere in the world with LBBC Technologies selling in China, Russia and Korea as well as the United States and Europe.
As part of a programme of continuous investment with the target of pushing sales over £10m, LBBC Technologies has invested in a new 15,000 sq ft manufacturing premises in Stanningley, Leeds. The state-of-the-art facility features 10,000 sq ft dedicated to assembly, testing and development, plus 5,000 sq ft of office space.
Since the sixties, LBBC Technologies has driven advanced process technology across the global investment casting market. Specialising in designing, manufacturing and supporting superior autoclave systems, it works with some of the best-known names in the aerospace sector including Rolls Royce and BAE Systems, as well as supplying the medical and automotive industries.
Its sister division, LBBC Beechwood, produces high integrity pressure vessels as well as bespoke items such as parts for submarines, tidal power generators, wind turbines, water treatment works, ships engines etc. It focuses on sub-contract activities of machining, dished heads and fabrication to the UK market. The group has a 72-strong workforce across its two divisions.
“We have seen sales steadily increase over the last few years as we have successfully marketed our expertise overseas,” explains Howard Pickard, managing director. “This latest move into our own purpose-built premises enables us to increase our research and development activity in investment casting which will support our overall growth.
“Having known Clarion for a number of years, we were confident we could rely on the firm’s property experts to provide the legal advice we needed to enable our relocation. With our focus increasingly on R&D, going forward, we will also be turning to the firm’s intellectual property specialists to ensure that our work is protected both here and overseas.
“It’s great to be working with a dynamic, forward-thinking firm like Clarion which is not only able to offer a full range of legal services, but is also committed to supporting SMEs by providing a more holistic approach with broader, commercial advice that really adds value.”
Roger Hutton, joint managing partner at Clarion, adds: “The move to new state-of-the-art premises marks another important milestone for this historic Yorkshire company, supporting its development of the investment casting process and securing its future success. LBBC Group is a fantastic family business which has proved able to build on its strong foundations, developing its expertise and gaining worldwide renown in its niche field.
“As the company continues to grow, we look forward to supporting its changing needs. Investing time in really getting under the skin of a sector and building strong relationships with clients enables us to take on the role that we enjoy best – acting as trusted advisers to the business as a whole rather than purely serving its immediate legal needs.”
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