AN ENGINEERING business with a global reputation for manufacturing innovative measurement products for a range of industries around the world is expanding its services in the nuclear industry.

McMenon Engineering Services manufactures flow and temperature measurement instrumentation for customers in more than 60 countries, including China and the Far East, North and South America, Europe, India, the Middle East, South Africa and Australia.

McMenon, acquired its Workington-based engineering and manufacturing business from global power and automation technology group ABB.

The engineering business now successfully operates across a diverse range of industries with success in energy, water, renewables and process industries.

Based at a 10,000-square-metre site in Workington, McMenon is now applying its skills and experience to nuclear power, adding depth to its already expansive portfolio.

The pioneering company has been praised for its dynamic leadership in exports and now McMenon looks to do more business in familiar parts, including for Sellafield in Cumbria.

To achieve its ambitious expansion into the nuclear industry, McMenon has struck a collaborative partnership with fellow SME TIS Cumbria Ltd which itself has 25 years of experience in the nuclear sector.

It is hoped that the partnership of McMenon and TIS will have the scale, capacity and capability to compete for, and deliver, multi-million-pound projects in the UK nuclear sector.

It is an exciting time for potential nuclear power in the county as well as across the UK, as plans for a site at Moorside have been bolstered by the Prime Minister’s 10-point industrial revolution plan, which hopes to take the nation to net zero by 2050.

The Government has pledged to invest in nuclear power and hydrogen generation in their efforts to make the UK’s future a green one.

Anand Puthran, CEO of McMenon, said: “For McMenon to expand in the nuclear industry sector is an exciting next stage of our growth plans.

“We have a 73-year heritage of engineering and manufacturing with exports to more than 60 countries around the world.”

It is exciting news for industry in Cumbria as well as the Workington business.

He said: “McMenon also invests substantially in developing the local supply chain and TIS has been a trusted supply partner for the business. It feels natural to extend the existing relationship towards jointly handling larger projects in the nuclear sector especially for clients, such as Sellafield. This will mean an overall success for Cumbrian businesses and the Cumbrian community.”

The company’s motto “investing in innovation and the next generation” is encapsulated by its chief operations officer Shiby Bernard who was recently listed in The Manufacturer magazine’s top 100 dynamic leaders.

Tony O’Pray, joint-owner of TIS Cumbria, has worked with the nuclear sector since he founded the business 25 years ago and has vast experience of supplying the industry. He said: “It’s very exciting to think what we will be able to achieve together. The sky’s the limit.”

From the company’s £4m state-of-the-art, 5,000-square-metre manufacturing plant, complete with five overhead cranes, TIS manufactures machinery for major projects in the nuclear, oil and gas, and construction industries including in Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf of Mexico. Westinghouse and Jacobs are among its customers.