Energy & Environment
In 1976, David Roy Bennett, the father of DRB’s current owner, Matt Bennett, started a small machining company supplying custom engineering repairs and components.
Bennett senior had identified an ideal base in north Wales, but he probably didn’t expect the business to blossom into the local and national success it is today, even with the uniquely skilled group of engineers he employed from the area.
DRB’s move to Deeside Industrial Park, where they were one of the first arrivals in 1984, led to an astonishing period of growth, and they now have ambitious plans to almost double their turnover to £20 million.
“We have completed some extremely exciting and highly valuable products,” says managing director Mark Williams, who has guided a team of 135 people to rival the portfolios of companies ten times their size, specifically in the rail industry.
“The majority of our employees live locally. We have eight apprentices, with two more joining this year, and they are all from the local area. We have close ties to all of the Further Education establishments like Coleg Cambria, GlyndŴr University, as well as local schools.
With expertise in emergency breakdown support, unique project engineering solutions for various industries, manufacturing (machining and fabrication) plus a range of other services for some of the world’s largest corporations, DRB still finds much of their business locally. Williams has proudly helped to champion Wales at the highest level of business, and says DRB enjoys “tremendous” government support, including marketing, sales, investment and business development across the sectors they serve.
“There is so much easy access into Wales and across into England,” he says. “Our location puts us within easy distance of so many manufacturing plants and heavy industry that we serve – Tata Steel and UPM are right on our doorstep. DRB is in a perfect position.”