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Engineering firm rings up £8m deal with Vodafone and Telefonica

by david.nunes

5th October 2011 

Hutchinson Engineering rings up landmark deal with phone giants

WIDNES company Hutchinson Engineering is celebrating its biggest ever contract win since the firm began 32 years ago.

It has been awarded a deal worth an estimated £8 million pounds by telecommunications giants Telefonica UK and Vodafone.

As part of the joint project known as Cornerstone, the two mobile phone operators have tasked Hutchinson Engineering with the design and manufacture of around 60 masts per month to meet the growing demands of network traffic and ensure strong coverage for both sets of customers.

Dean Drinkwater, Managing Director of Hutchinson Engineering which operates across three sites in Widnes, including Everite Road, Hutchinson Street and Turnal Road, said: “We have been manufacturing masts for the telecoms industry for more than a decade and this latest contract win is testament to our leading position in the marketplace.

“Our innovative structure designs are the most technically advanced giving clients a wider choice of antenna and radio options. We’re proud of the fact that we build what are considered to be among the most aesthetically-pleasing telecoms structures in the UK.

“Indeed it is a milestone in Hutchinson’s history that we have secured this contract win – worth around £8 million – as it will also lead to job creation among our fabricators, welders, labourers and operatives.”

Explaining why the contract was awarded to Hutchinson Engineering, Mr Drinkwater said: “

“We were chosen because of our ability to provide a great value, superior product which is manufactured and designed to stringent criteria and the high visual standards required of Telefonica UK and Vodafone technology.

“We have over 30 years experience of developing exceptional steel structures for many industries including renewables and telecoms and we have an existing business relationship with Telefonica and Vodafone.

“It was our structure designs which set us apart, as well as our helpful approach and a proven track record in meeting project deliverables. We are looking forward to working with Cornerstone on this exciting new project.”

Dean, who employs 76 people across three sites in Widnes, Cheshire, added: “As a result of this major contract win and others, we are on target for significant continued growth to take the business to new heights – and we are aiming for an £18m turnover next year.”



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