The companies of Eurodrill and Colcrete began life from very different starting points. Colcrete began around 90 years ago, making grout mixing and pumping equipment. 45 years later, Eurodrill, a drill tube and casing manufacturer, started as a family business in the Chesterfield area.
The modern company of Colcrete Eurodrill, is now a manufacturing unit in the Keller Group, and has been based at the Tower Business Park in Clay Cross, Derbyshire for 17 years.
The two product lines are quite different, Colcrete products require a significant amount of plasma cutting, fabrication, painting etc., whereas Eurodrill products are largely made from high grade steel bar and casing, requiring thread cutting and friction welding. However, the workforce is adaptable, and there is a surprising amount of skills crossover, allowing the Company to keep its manufacturing ‘in house’. There is also the added benefit of workforce flexibility, for example when one side of the business becomes especially busy.
The location of the Clay Cross factory is an advantage, enabling our company delivery vehicles to reach most of our UK customers in around 2-3 hours.
Colcrete Eurodrill employs around 40 highly trained full time people, many of whom have been with the company for several years, and the company provides training for its four apprentices.
“We are actively working with local schools to provide work experience placements. It is very important that we, as a large local employer, give something back to the community. It’s also crucial to our continuing success that we bring in young motivated people who can take the Company forward.”
–Mark Rex, MD
Since moving to its present location, the factory has been reorganised several times in order to streamline production. The latest changes involved creating an additional workshop, incorporating eight machines, which has enabled more flexible manufacturing.
As Peter Weinrich, Commercial Manager states,
“The old days of just selling products are over. Nowadays we must do more than that. Our partners expect us to be more proactive and we believe that it is essential for us to work together to help them achieve their objectives.”