Engineers launch new manufacturing firm

A group of engineers who were made redundant from their previous roles have launched a new manufacturing business in Washington.

Triotec is led by Andrew Calvert, Gary Marshall and David Downes and uses computer numerical control (CNC) machinery to produce precision products such as valves and shafts for the oil and gas, power generation and automation sectors.

The start-up was advised by the North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC) and secured support from the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA).

Andrew Calvert said: "We could launch Triotec due to our experience and the trust we’ve built up with our connections over the years, and we’ve got the passion for it.

"So we were delighted to work with BIC Business Adviser, Ron Anderson, who gave us the confidence we needed to start-up – he helped us with important matters like insurances as well as cash flow and record keeping.

"And the launch of the business is timely – we feel there is a current skills gap, as a trio we are very experienced in machining very difficult materials using modern CNC machinery to suit customers specific needs."