West Engineering and Spiral Tube Limited is a long-established Ipswich company as well as one of the region’s leading manufacturers of spiral ductwork and fittings. 
Managing Director of West Engineering, Dale Smith, purchased all the company’s shares, and subsequently moved the business to a new 26,000 square foot premises on the Whitehouse Industrial Estate in 2003. Dale and his team of 30 personnel - the majority of them skilled engineers - have achieved an impressive growth in turnover over the last year. 


To increase production quality, Dale assisted the company to buy new plasma cutting equipment, as well as two new perforating machines to keep up with the demand for pipes for the oil industry and agricultural markets.  
To ensure business continuity, Dale assisted the company by buying the building which the company previously occupied on a lease hold basis. 
“We have enjoyed increased business in all areas, particularly in the oil industry where pipes are used during oil exploration – and we have attracted new customers”, said Dale, whose plans for the future include more office and skilled factory personnel and to continue investment where needed. 
“The plan is to improve on the levels of service we offer our customers, develop new projects and products and continue to be as flexible as we can. 
We have the machinery and the man skills available to us to take on a huge variety of work and that is what we will continue to focus on!”  
Dale added, “Gradual and steady expansion is what we are after, based on great service and high quality products. There is a huge amount of potential out there, and we want to make sure that we are in a position to take advantage of that. 
Source: Suffolk Business Magazine 
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