A local Brechin business was the recipient of a visit from the Provost of Angus, Helen Oswald on Monday, September 2.
Provost Oswald was in the town to view Matrix International’s state of the art facility.
Matrix International operates within the global power transmission industry in the markets of Europe, USA, and Asia Pacific and is a leading designer and provider of electromagnetic clutches and brakes used in forklift trucks and servo motor brakes.
During her visit the Provost met with members of the company, including its USA based general manager, Richard Perry and toured their impressive factory in East Mill Road in Brechin.
Matrix International is another Angus success story. From its Brechin headquarters the company is supplying brakes to global market leaders, with Matrix applications now found in an impressive range of products including industrial robots, forklift trucks, medical equipment, printing equipment and escalators.
The company has weathered the tough economic times and has renewed its lease of the Brechin premises, which is good news for the wider Angus economy and a vote of confidence for the 80 plus workforce.
Speaking following the visit company general manager, Richard Perry said: “We have a diverse global client base for our power transmission products and have built an excellent reputation for delivering successful customised solutions for our clients. This is due in large part to the dedicated team of talented design and production engineers we have here in Brechin.
“As a result we’ve seen an increase in turnover in recent years and having invested in new equipment and machinery we anticipate continued growth.”
The company has had a presence in Brechin since 1939 when Coventry Gauge and Tool Co. Ltd established a dispersal factory in Brechin to support and service the war effort.
Following the war mechanical clutch manufacturing was transferred to the Brechin site and in 1963 the company launched the Matrix ZC range.
The company had established world-wide sales by 1965 and around a decade later the business was restructured into two divisions.
In 1999 a new technical and manufacturing centre was established on the Brechin site and the following year Matrix International GmbH was launched.
The relocation of the Hydrus Group to the East Mill Road industrial estate in 2011 helped to secure the site’s future, encouraging a small group of local investors to buy it out of administration and invest in its refurbishment as commercial premises.
The site is now thriving with both Matrix International and the Hydrus-Group signing new leases.
Provost Oswald had previously been in Brechin in recent weeks to visit Hydrus-Group, whose relocation to the town has been beneficial.