Chesterfield tooling manufacturer saved

A Chesterfield machine tool manufacturer, which supplies to the global automotive industry, has been bought out of administration by sister-company, Peak Toolmakers (Assets) Ltd and managed by two of its current directors, saving all 46 jobs.

Peak Toolmakers Limited, based on Chesterfield Trading Centre on Smeckley Wood Close, had enjoyed a profitable trading history since 2004 and had significantly grown to become a recognised name in the sector.

Having gone through difficult times, we are very happy to have secured the loyal service of our staff through the help of Wilson Field.

However, a lack of working capital following a combination of factors together with a number of loss making contracts with principal customers, competition from overseas, namely the Far East, undercutting prices, and extremely fast and tight timescales to allow its customers to meet contractual supply arrangements, had caused recent cash flow problems.

Insolvency practitioners Joanne Wright and Lisa Hogg from Wilson Field were appointed Administrators on 2 September 2015 to handle the sale out of administration.

The business and assets  bought by Peak Toolmakers (Assets) Ltd managed by two of the existing directors, Geoff Bacon and John Buxton.

Joanne Wright from Wilson Field, said: “Peak Toolmakers Limited had experienced financial difficulties after seeing a drop in demand from a major customer, a loss of more than £500,000 on a contract and was being threatened by enforcement action from HMRC due to arrears.

“The pre-pack deal has meant all 46 employees’ jobs have been saved and ensures a continuity of trading under new ownership.

“We are delighted to have secured a swift sale of this established Chesterfield-based manufacturing business to deliver the best long term solution for the business ensuring it can continue to serve its established customer base.”

Peak Toolmakers Limited’s main business was the production of mould tooling, jigs and fixtures and robot heads which were used in the injection moulding and die casting industries, principally the automotive industry, for internal and external trims together with under bonnet components.

Its customers produce products for a range of automotive manufacturers including Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan, Toyota, BMW and similar manufacturers.

Director Geoff Bacon said: “Having gone through difficult times, we are very happy to have secured the loyal service of our staff through the help of Wilson Field.”

Wilson Field worked closely with solicitor Neil Kelly from MD Law in Sheffield and valuer and asset management consultant David Smith of Charterfields.

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