Cork engineering company bucks trend with increase in turnover

Dornan Engineering, which is based in Little Island, Cork and provides engineering services to corporate entities in the UK, Scandinavia, Continental Europe and Ireland has today reported that its turnover year-on-year will be increased by 30% for 2010, bucking the trend in its sector.

Dornan provides mechanical, electrical and instrumentation services to industry, including the Hydrocarbons (Oil & Gas), Life Sciences (Pharmaceutical), Energy, Data, Commercial and Manufacturing sectors.

Commenting on the increase, Oliver Lonergan, MD at the company, said:

‘We were fortunate to have positioned ourselves in markets outside of Ireland in advance of the downturn and are enjoying considerable growth there, with established offices in London, Manchester, Dusseldorf, Antwerp and Stockholm to service those areas. Turnover has grown from €50M in ’09 to in excess of €65M this year. We remain fully committed to our existing client base in Ireland, however this is a diminishing market but there is still scope for maintaining a presence with repeat business and through winning smaller contracts’.

Mr. Lonergan added: ‘While other companies in our sector are in contraction mode we are in a growth phase and bucking the trend in the terms of contract wins and job creation. The company’s workforce has increased by 30% year-on-year, with 720 employees (the majority of whom are Irish nationals) now deployed for us throughout Ireland, the UK and Europe. Our customers view us as technical partners and this has resulted in the creation of long-term business relationships based on trust and mutual respect. We work hard to make sure that our service is consistent, reliable and fit for purpose’ he said.

The European contracts currently being implemented include an on-going installation for US multinational Celanese’s Tiger Project in Frankfurt – worth €35M to Dornan. A further one billion pound investment by German giant RWE in Pembrokeshire in Wales (working with Alstom Power) has led to a contract worth over €20M to the company, with 350 professionals deployed there at peak. This major contract, which commenced in June 2010, is due for completion in July 2011. The company is also involved in a Mechanical HVAC contract for Schering Plough in Belgium.

‘We have established a strong work base in the Scandinavian market in particular, with contracts worth €15M completed over the past number of years. These include the Pfizer Strangnas Project where Dornan was one of the contractors whose involvement helped the project win Global Project of the Year within the Skanska Construction Group’ Oliver Lonergan stated.

Current contracts in train in Ireland include Phase 1 of a 400,000 sq ft fit-out project from internet giant Google in its Dublin campus and a major manufacturing expansion project for EMC Corporation in Cork and several other smaller projects.

While Dornan continues as a contractor on the largest gas-fired (2.1GW) power station in the UK, the company has recently completed other UK projects including a €7M contract on a Data Centre for Nationwide Building Society in Newbury and a €7m installation for GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) in Coleford (Gloucestershire) where Dornan’s were responsible for the mechanical, electrical and commissioning of both projects. Dornan also have over €12M in ongoing projects in the greater London area. The growth of work in this geographical location has prompted the company to expand from their humble surroundings of an 800 sq ft office which opened in August 2009 to a new 5,000 sq ft office in Central London which opened at the beginning of October 2010.

‘The key to our success is repeat business from clients such as the multi-nationals Eli Lilly, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Abbott, Novartis, Fluor, Mace and several others. We are very proud of our workforce working in all markets, and are particularly pleased to have been awarded Global Contractor of the Year 2009 from Eli Lilly – for the work that we carried out on their new IE42 facility in Kinsale’ Mr. Lonergan told us

Commenting on the future for engineering companies in the Irish market Mr. Lonergan said: ‘The current climate is undoubtedly a difficult one for companies who have limited themselves to the Irish market, but those that can hold their nerve, work hard and smart, keep their costs down and their standards high, will survive. We aim to be among them. To my mind Europe offers the greatest potential for expansion and we aim to capitalize on our successes to date in that space over the foreseeable future. ‘

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