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MTE’s Modular Business Expansion

Posted on 01 June 2020

MTE’s Modular Business Expansion

Historically MTE has extensive experience in supplying high integrity modular buildings installed in some of the most remote locations and harshest of environments and designed to withstand extreme fire, blast and seismic conditions.

Recently, MTE has extended its product offering by expanding the modular business to offer cost effective modular buildings where high levels of fire, blast & seismic protection are not always specified. This achievement represents the combined efforts of a modular building task team, assembled from all disciplines within the business and focussed on how to fulfil clients’ requirements for high standards of safety, quality and on-time delivery whilst offering competitive pricing.

The challenge of producing cost effective modular buildings whilst satisfying market needs for safety, quality and on-time delivery was first tackled from a design and engineering perspective.

Previous cost down initiatives had limited success because almost every millimetre of weld and every gram of material could be justified when considering high integrity modular buildings designed for Mech-Tool’s traditional markets.

It became essential to learn from the work undertaken in alternative markets, taking best practise approaches developed for these sectors and determining how they can be applied to MTE’s modular buildings.

An essential element of this has been the appointment of new team members who have brought a wealth of design experience from alternative markets.

Because of the extent of change required, a decision was made to develop a new modular building design concept from the ground up instead of pursuing further cost down initiatives. This significant investment allowed a step change in manufacturing lead time and project costs, resulting in modular buildings that are purpose built for the intended. 

Research and development has been at the heart of this new development and the MTE team has worked tirelessly to efficiently incorporate client requirements into industry compliant modular buildings. 3D modelling, trial builds and full-scale testing validate the R&D work and ensure that the company can meet the market challenge without compromise.

MTE now supply a wide range of Modular applications which include: Battery Storage, Data Storage/Centres, Packaged Equipment, Generator Enclosure, Switchgear, Control & Instrumentation, Acoustic Enclosure and Bespoke Offices, Accommodation & Storage.

A significant contributor to the success has not only been the skill and capability of the team but also the willingness to bring expertise and innovation together to find the optimum solution.