A Port Talbot-based manufacturer has expanded with 11 new recruits, taking its workforce to more than 100 people, and recently completed a bespoke learning and development programme with Call of the Wild.
Weartech, founded in 1990, specialises in the production of wear-resistant cobalt-, nickel-, and iron-based alloys as coating materials, castings and machined components. The company has a worldwide customer base spanning the petroleum, automotive, powergen, timber, industrial and engineering sectors. In 2012, the business was acquired by Lincoln Electric.
With 11 new starters since January 2023 taking the workforce to 105, Weartech has completed a bespoke learning and development programme run by specialists Call of the Wild focusing on effective teamwork and how to foster continuous improvement.
Sian Bradley, systems and OpEx project manager for Weartech, said: “We have experienced rapid growth over the last few months, welcoming new colleagues to the business as we strive to be best-in-class in operational, financial and sustainability performance. The purpose of the learning and development programme was about building the team’s capacity and capability to deliver on these ambitions.
“The investment in our team is already leading to greater collaboration through a better understanding of individual strengths, styles and behaviours and how these can be harnessed to drive continuous improvement and business efficiency. With the help of Call of the Wild, we are in a great place to deliver the operational excellence that we are known for.”
Dr Phil Knowles, head of programme delivery, Call of the Wild, added: “As a manufacturer, Weartech is highly focussed on how it develops and nurtures the creativity, capacity and passion of colleagues to create stream-lined customer-focussed operations to meet the ever-changing demands of high industrial markets.”
“Through investment in learning and development, innovation and employee commitment, they are focussed on delivering operational excellence and achieving strong growth as the coatings experts for extreme operational conditions within the group of Lincoln Electric Companies. It was an absolute pleasure working with the team and we wish them every success.”