Based at Mamhilad Park Estate near Pontypool, MS-RT is a design-led automotive engineering company creating bespoke Ford vehicles. Its range comprises the Ford Transit Connect MS-RT, Ford Transit Custom MS-RT and Ford Ranger MS-RT, with vehicles sold to consumers through Ford Transit Specialist dealers throughout the UK. MS-RT has a licence agreement with M-Sport, which operates a global motorsport business on the circuits of the world’s most acclaimed motorsports series. The business has a full-service customisation offering incorporating research and design through to manufacturing and Aftersales support.
Santander UK has provided MS-RT with a £2.3m funding package enabling it to develop its new premises on the site of Ford’s main UK manufacturing plant in Dagenham. The funding supports its investment to fully refurbish the facility with state-of-the-art paint facilities, a semi-automated production line, extensive warehousing, and a design and engineering studio. The Dagenham facility has Freeport status enabling more cost-effective exports, primarily to Europe, with the UK initially being its prime volume market. The facility has capacity to produce 32 vehicles a day.
MS-RT’s existing site at Mamhilad Park Estate was established in 2015 and employs a staff of 130. When the new operation opens at Ford Dagenham, MS-RT’s parent company, EDC Limited, will focus its Mamhilad operations on a growing list of global vehicle manufacturer clients that are looking to add ‘sporty derivatives’ of their commercial vehicle range to their product line-up. The business plans to hire an additional 50 staff over the coming year, while it continues to invest in additional manufacturing facilities and equipment at the Mamhilad site which is owned by property development and investment company Johnsey Estates UK Limited.
It is anticipated that the Ford Dagenham expansion, coupled with growth in capacity at Mamhilad Park Estate, will increase the annual turnover of EDC Limited from £21m last year to a forecast £66m by 2025.
Joe Pace, Managing Director at MS-RT said: “Having Santander UK onboard as a lender has enabled our company to expand our operations, increasing the revenue of the business and ultimately creating more jobs for the local community, both here at Mamhilad and in Dagenham. We’ve got a fantastic facility here in South Wales and the time is now right to scale-up and take advantage of opportunities for growth in the global market.”
Myrddyn Hughes, Relationship Director at Santander UK, said: “We are delighted to support MS-RT to grow through its new manufacturing facility on the Ford Dagenham estate and in diversifying operations at its existing site in South Wales, creating jobs in both locations. Santander UK is pleased to provide specialist expertise and support to growing manufacturing businesses such as MS-RT, which has an exciting future ahead.”
James Crawford, Chief Executive of Johnsey Estates, said: “We’ve seen the team grow the business substantially over the last seven years with continuous investment in their facilities and people. This announcement is testament to all that they have achieved here at Mamhilad and we’re delighted to have played a part in that journey.”