For anyone in the fabrication business, Spectac may well be a familiar name. The company has been featured in the media for all the right reasons in recent months. It has a packed order book, it has doubled its employees to a team of 54, it has moved to a larger premises with over 45,000 square feet and turnover exceeded €3.2 million in 2013, after years of struggling for survival in Ireland’s flat economic environment.
From this good news story, there are lessons to be learnt for manufacturers on how this small business turned its fortunes on its head.
In business for over 25 years, Spectac has traditionally manufactured stainless steel vessels, tanks and equipment. However, it was the move to supplying turnkey, comprehensive brew houses and distilleries that has given this family business a new lease of life. Two of its recent high-profile turnkey projects include a 25HL complete Brewhouse solution for Rye River Brewing (McGargles’ beers) and a turnkey distillery for Teelings Whiskey (a project which will be featured shortly on a TV3 documentary).
[caption id="attachment_19914" align="alignright" width="300"] Spectac's 25HL brewery system with PLC automation[/caption]
One of the key components of the turnkey solution that works well from the customer’s perspective is the integration of programmable logic controls (PLC controls) for effective industrial automation. Although Spectac has mainly installed turnkey solutions in breweries and distilleries, demand is now growing for the same approach in other sectors such as food and dairy, pharmaceuticals and chemicals.
All products are manufactured to order for customers across the globe, although the UK and Ireland are currently the main markets. The company has also exported to overseas facilities in France, Denmark, Holland, Germany and Singapore and it hopes that its recent partnership with Frilli Distillation Technologies, a manufacturer of copper stills based in Italy, will see a further drive in export sales.