UK GSE Manufacturer Opens New Engineering Facility

Aircraft Maintenance Support Services (AMSS), which designs and manufactures a wide range of ground support equipment for airlines and military agencies across the world, will officially unveil a new $1.9 million facility this week.

First Minister Carwyn Jones will open its St Davids Engineering centre this Thursday.

The investment, which is being supported by a £700,000 funding package from Barclays and £300,000 from the Welsh Government's Economic Growth Fund, is set to create a minimum of 28 new jobs over the next three years, in addition to 23 already created since the commencement of this development, and will enable the company to meet the growing demand for its products.

AMSS, which was incorporated in 1978 by Duncan R. Barber and based on the Village Farm Industrial Estate, Pyle, began targeting new markets in the Middle East and Asia Pacific regions following the downturn in the European economies.

The company which currently employs 135 staff has seen turnover grow from £10.9m in 2009 to £17m this year driven by overseas contracts and a focus on international markets.

Managing director Andy Cookson, said "The new building and investment into new plant and machinery will enable us to increase capacity to meet demand as well as create real manufacturing jobs here in Wales and give us the confidence to reintroduce an apprenticeship scheme to the mutual benefit of the company and the community in Pyle and Bridgend."

Jason Llewellyn, relationship director at Barclays Cardiff, added: "Barclays has developed a great working relationship with AMSS and their advisors over the last 35 years and had no hesitation in delivering a finance solution to help facilitate the exciting expansion.

"The company is also one of many Welsh businesses to benefit from the Barclays 'cashback' scheme whereby over £20,000 was given back to the customer to re-invest into the business."

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