A specialist Gloucester engineering company which makes robotic and automation systems for industry is celebrating a record start to 2014.
CKF Systems Ltd reached new heights in the first six weeks of 2014 with four new orders worth over £2.1million.
It is the best ever start to a new year in the company's 25 year history.
Based in Empire Way, Gloucester, CKF Systems provides bespoke picking, packing and palletising solutions to the manufacturing industry, particularly within the food and automotive sectors. It has 45 full time employees and a turnover of £6.5million.
"It's very good news for everyone connected with CKF," said Kevin Staines, sales director, CKF Systems Ltd.
He added: "Our shop floor is a hive of activity and five more engineers have been recruited; three of whom are electrical engineers as we further strengthen our in-house electrical capabilities.
"As a UK leader in the design and development of integrated robotic systems, we are constantly looking to recruit the best available engineering talent to keep us at the forefront of new technologies." The technology developed by CKF Engineering is used in a variety of sectors and recent installations have included work for Kraft Foods, Muller Dairy, Authentic Foods and KP.
Processes for cosmetics and pharmaceutical products also use the company's systems. The company's announcement mirrors the findings of the CBI that new manufacturing orders are at their strongest rate of growth for almost three years.
According to the latest CBI quarterly Industrial Trends Survey, in the three months to January 2014, domestic orders rose, uncertainty about demand fell and investment intentions for the year ahead picked up.