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Road Tankers Northern expands on strong sales

  • 19 July 2013
  • By Andrew Stone

Barnsley-based tanker manufacturer Road Tankers Northern (RTN) has opened a second Barnsley factory and is recruiting up to 20 more staff this summer to cope with growing sales.

RTN is opening the new specialist manufacturing facility to expand and diversify its bulk liquid tanker production line. The expansion enables RTN to offer tankers to the chemical, pharmaceutical, dairy and brewery industries as well as more specialist bespoke equipment. As part of its modernisation plan it is also developing lean manufacturing processes with the help of Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre (BBIC).

Thanks to year-on-year growth, the firm’s workforce has grown from from 88 to 126 in two years and it plans to recruit a further 15-20 staff this summer. It expects sales to reach £11.2m in 2013. Don Mckelvie, RTN’s operations director, said RTN now had an 80% -90% share of the UK petroleum semi-trailers market: “We’re now supplying most of the fuel distribution companies and we supply all four major supermarkets.”

RTN has recently recruited a number of apprentices who are now learning specialist trades on both the tanker manufacture side of the business and in RTN’s five bay-service and repair centre.

In addition to its Barnsley hub, the group has factories in Birmingham, Sheffield and Northern Ireland.


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