Manufacturer 3Ks Engineering picked up the South Wales Evening Post and Swansea Bay Business Life Business of the Month for September. Rob Griffiths, sales and marketing manager for the Llanelli-based firm, said it began by servicing the iron, steel and coal industries with bespoke products and now works for the sub sea and offshore markets.
Llanelli engineering firm creates giant seals for hydroelectric project. The company beat off worldwide competition to win the £300,000-odd contract. The shaft seals are 13ft-plus in diameter and weigh in excess of four tonnes. Once in place they will reduce water leakage and thereby increase turbine efficiency at the electricity-generating plant by one per cent.
Established 1969 in south Wales, the firm supply high end solutions to a varied global customer base — employing some 70 staff in the heavy engineering sector at a time when market sectors are increasingly competitive.
Based at Embankment Road, Machynys, the firm offers a large fabrication and heavy machining service — being one of the largest companies offering the invaluable dual role.
Sales and marketing manager Rob Griffiths said: "We have been established nearly 46 years and it's a private family owned company.
"We are expanding and are always looking to move with the times with new technology and machinery — we have just spent £250,000 on a new boring machine.
"Our success is down to the staff — they are always raising the bar and are dealing with high level customers."
An essential part of the new Wimbledon centre court roof is being manufactured by a firm in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire. 3Ks Engineering has begun work on a contract worth £1m to build the panels which will open and close the retractable roof.