MetPro Ltd

Irish company MetPro Group arrived in Scotland in 2010 via a friendly takeover of one of its suppliers, Somerville and Morrison.

The specialist protective packaging firm, founded in Tralee in 1998 and now working in several international markets including the US, France and South Africa, wanted to integrate the Scottish business with its own, and add its products and services into its range.

When the takeover of the Rutherglen company was complete, MetPro turned to Business Gateway Lanarkshire for help and advice that would support its ambitious growth plan.

The company comes from a specialist technical and engineering background, having developed specialist anti-corrosion packaging, including papers and coatings which protect metal in transit, or in humid conditions, for example. MetPro's main markets are the automotive and steel industries worldwide.

Somerville and Morrison was originally a family business, and former director Steven Somerville has stayed with MetPro to run the Scottish operation.

"Business Gateway have done a really good job, pointing us in the right direction for help and advice on a range of issues, including Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) funding, and help on strategy planning and training," comments Una Houlihan, MetPro's group human relations manager.

"We really needed support and advice that we could rely on. The acquisition in 2010 was part of an overall strategy to build our own supply chain, rather than relying on sub contracting. We are very happy with the way things are going, and we expect to continue to expand the Rutherglen operation."

Business Gateway realised the growth potential offered by MetPro's venture into Scotland. The company arrived in Rutherglen with plans to invest, recruit and expand. The Scottish operation provided coatings used in MetPro's anti corrosion packaging, as well as other related products.

"There is a real opportunity for growth with MetPro, and our role has been to become a trusted adviser to the business," commented Business Gateway Lanarkshire adviser Paul McIlvenny.

"It is always important to build an open business relationship with a company looking for help as MetPro did. We have been able to introduce them to the various services available through Business Gateway and partners such as the local authorities, Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government."