A YORKSHIRE engineering firm is helping to create a rope-hauled railway system, as it grows its share of export markets.
Barnsley-based Qualter Hall was founded in 1860, and for most of its history, provided services for the deep mining industry.
In recent years, the company, which has £20m turnover and 140 staff, has diversified into specialist manufacturing sectors, to help it to fight off the threat from overseas competitors, and move into global markets.
International orders now account for more than 25 per cent of Qualter Hall’s total business.
It has secured work on a rope hauled funicular railway system which is bound for South Korea.
Other international projects include the design and supply of specialist road bridges for Indonesia and Belize, mining equipment for Morocco, shipyard machines for plate bending and forming for Baku, China, Korea and the US.
Qualter Hall has recently completed a major project to design,
manufacture, supply, install and commission the operating package for the 50m long swing footbridge at Shoreham in West Sussex.
Qualter Hall’s managing director, George Orton, said: “Qualter Hall’s strength is its dedicated, experienced and highly skilled personnel.
“We also continue to implement an apprenticeship programme which allows us to bring additional employment opportunities to young budding engineers and tradesmen of South Yorkshire.
“Over the last number of years, we have strategically and carefully invested over £8m in our company through acquisitions, and extending our facilities for both carbon steel and stainless steel manufacture.
He added: “From this position of strength, we will strive to move forward with our ongoing business plans and objectives.”