​Newtown harbours precision marine engineering and safety product company.​

Land-locked Newtown may seem to be an odd place for a business which manufactures high quality sunroofs and awnings for the luxury yachts that sail our oceans. However, Makefast Ltd have been in the town for over 30 years and are a major employer with over 100 staff operating from its Mochdre Industrial Estate base.

In an expansion to the business, a new factory in Newtown now houses their Precision Engineer and Custom Marine Developments divisions. The company design and make marine and sailmakers hardware, sprayhood fittings and Biminis and Sunroofs for some of the world’s most influential yacht builders, including Princess, Sunseeker and Fairline. Precision Engineer makes highly specialised components for a variety of engineering customers. Custom Marine Developments works in association with many leading superyacht design houses, management services and boatyards to provide innovative engineered solutions that are bespoke to the boat they will be installed on.This can include parts for electric doors, sunroofs and electronically controlled anchors.

Pictured are Alex Richards, Commercial Vehicle Sales Executive at Greenhous Ford and Mike Mills, Operation Director of Makefast, with the new Ford Connect and Transit vans which will be put into operation once liveried with the company logos.

Makefast Ltd are renowned across the UK and worldwide for their safety hardware including quick release buckles, safety hooks, spring snaps and connectors that are used in a multitude of safety harnesses, for example in the Fire Service, on oil rigs and the RNLI. Makefast Ltd will work with the customer to develop a bespoke safety fitting for their needs.

Makefast Ltd set out to work with local companies to support the local economy.They have taken ownership of a Ford Connect and a Ford Transit van from the Greenhous Ford dealership in Newtown.These vehicles are primarily used to transport components and stock around the town, for example to a company for spraying and powder coating items. The larger Transit van can transport long beams and piping. Occasionally members of the team will use a van to visit Southampton or Plymouth to service sunroofs or awnings.

Greenhous were pleased to able to advise Makefast Ltd on the suitability of its Ford vehicles for the uses they would be put to.This included sourcing the best deal, the technical specifications of the vehicles and delivery schedule.

With customers across the world, Makefast Ltd are an important export business with 40% of their products going to the United States market and 50% to Europe. They have recently opened a new location in Viareggio in Italy for installation, spare parts and after sales services, this adds to other aftersales locations around the globe.

Makefast Ltd are proud of their roots in Powys and engage in community support.On a nautical theme the company were one of the sponsors for Shropshire-based Kelda Wood who recently completed the Tallisker Whisky TransAtlantic rowing challenge single-handed.