in Defence

Defence Secretary visits Midlothian naval engineers

Posted 2 February 2017 · Add Comment

The Defence Secretary has hailed the global outlook of a Midlothian-based naval designer and manufacturer during a visit to their facilities today.



Above:  Secretary of State for Defence Sir Michael Fallon, who visited innovative Scottish company MacTaggart Scott today.
Crown copyright


Sir Michael Fallon visited MacTaggart Scott, who design, build, install and maintain engineering systems for the Royal Navy – the company’s 'shop window' – and 40 of the world’s navies, including the US, French, Canadian, Australian and South Korean.

The visit is part of the Defence Secretary’s on-going engagement with Scotland’s industrial base, 10% of which is defence-related, directly supporting 11,000 Scottish jobs with thousands more sustained. During the visit he met with some of the company’s 32 engineering apprentices, which make up nearly 18% of the firm’s industrial workforce.

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said: "MacTaggart Scott is a terrific example of the benefits that combining innovation, a global outlook and an entrepreneurial spirit can deliver for Scotland as part of the UK.

"They are a leading hub of international naval innovative design, manufacture and maintenance and should also be applauded for investing in our young people through their apprenticeship programme."

MacTaggart Scott designed, built and installed the huge lifts that will carry jets and helicopters between the flight decks and hangers on the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales, currently being built in Rosyth. They also design and build helicopter handling systems, and are competing for contracts relating to the new Clyde-built Type 26 on which the first steel will be cut this summer.

Remarkably, the company has been involved in every submarine built for the Royal Navy since 1915, and manufacture and provide support to a range of specialist submarine equipment, including stealth mast raising equipment for periscopes, optronics and communications equipment, sonar handling gear, hydroplane, rudder and ballast tank valves and actuators for submarines across the globe.

Bill Marsh, Managing Director of MacTaggart Scott said: "Our innovative work for the Royal Navy’s surface ships and submarines provides us with a vital shop window which sees half of our £35m turnover come from export.

"Our ambition is to design, manufacture and install vital equipment and provide through life product support to every single Royal Navy ship and submarine."

MacTaggart Scott is a privately owned engineering company founded in 1898 and employs 350 people, 32 of whom are apprentices.

 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Barnbrook marking its 40th anniversary at its 12th Farnborough Airshow

Hampshire-based Barnbrook Systems Ltd has already started preparations for its 12th consecutive appearance at the world famous Farnborough International Airshow next summer (16-22 July), where the award-winning UK firm will mark

Medway named as second new patrol ship

A bottle of Chatham-made Dockyard Gin smashed against the bow of the 2,000-tonne warship, Medway, as it was formally named on Friday morning at BAE's Scotstoun yard on the Clyde by Lady Fallon, wife of Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon

Gatwick wins Airport of the Year

This week at separate ceremonies - Gatwick won Airport of the Year at the National Transport Awards, a global environmental award for its world-first waste plant and Digital In-house Team of the Year at the prestigious Digital Impact

Dstl invites suppliers to contribute to advanced materials consultation

A new enduring consultation has been launched inviting suppliers to help shape the future research activity as part of the Materials for Strategic Advantage (MSA) programme.

Chris Allam appointed MBDA UK Managing Director

MBDA is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Allam to the role of MBDA UK Managing Director and to MBDA's Group Executive Committee.

Heathrow arrivals benefit from AMAN

Aircraft flying from Europe into London Heathrow Airport now benefit from more accurate delay information thanks to the advanced data available from NATS' Arrival Manager system (AMAN).

Aviation Africa SK18418
See us at
SMI FAV BT1007161117SMI MilSat BT2907101117SMI AirMissBT0305251017Aviation Africa BT18418Advanced Engineering BT1007021117FIL18 BT111017220718