November 28, 2019 @ 10:12 by Steven Hugill
A growing lighting maker is celebrating a record quarter after a raft of new business wins.
Artech Lighting, which only began trading as a stand-alone company two years ago, secured more than £1.5 million of new contracts in the second quarter of 2019, boosting expansion plans at its North East headquarters.
The firm is supplying more than 12,000 fixtures and fittings to around a dozen projects across the UK, which has helped it create two new sales positions and six new manufacturing roles at its factory on Meadowfield Industrial Estate, near Durham.
Among the new projects to which Artech will supply lighting are London’s Westferry development, the University of Strathclyde Learning and Teaching Project, Lossiemouth High School and a number of residential projects that include Manchester’s Affinity Living development.
Stuart Hylton, managing director, pictured, said: “With hard work, great products and fantastic staff, we have managed to build up real momentum across our business in 2019, and it’s great to see this reflected in our fantastic Q2 results.
“As a relatively new company, we have spent the last two years building a reputation for quality and delivery and convincing architects and project designers that our products are as good, if not better, than those supplied by the more recognised names that have dominated our sector for decades.
“Now, with hundreds of projects delivered in the last few years, we have a host of great case studies and happy customers only too willing to talk about how buying British-manufactured solutions from a domestic company has helped them to deliver some of the most stunning high-profile projects in the UK.”
Just some of the major developments to which Artech has delivered lighting solutions include London Fruit and Wool Exchange, The Dubai World Trade Centre and the University of Edinburgh’s award-winning Holyrood student accommodation project.
“Every product we deliver is designed, developed and manufactured at our base in Durham – and we remain committed to the North East and the UK,” added Stuart.
“The rapid rate at which we continue to grow will help us to create new skilled jobs and develop lighting design innovation in the region, which is something we’re incredibly passionate about.
“Domestic businesses like ours have to do more to not only develop, but also promote the skills, innovation and quality that we already have here in the UK, as it holds a great deal of cache in foreign markets, as well as with large inward investors.”