Contract win helps Fife business fight cancer

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A Glenrothes-based business has signed a multi-year contract that will see its products help fight the global battle against cancer. 

CoorsTek, which has accessed support from Business Gateway Fife, will supply Teledyne e2v with a range of engineered ceramics used in Teledyne e2v medical products that are integral in radiotherapy machines throughout the world. 

The three-year deal formalises a decades-old relationship into an exclusive, multi-year agreement which helps safeguard 70 jobs at the Cavendish Way plant and strengthens the CoorsTek business across the medical sector. 

Mark Cameron, Plant Manager at CoorsTek, explained: “Often we do not realise how the parts we make here and the customers we support impact our world. More than 90% of radiotherapy cancer treatment machines use Teledyne e2v products to generate high-energy x-rays used in both the imaging and radiation treatment of tumours. A vast amount of energy is needed to generate these images and that is why the electrical properties of our ceramics are critical to their performance. Our contract with Teledyne e2v means we are providing key components into radiotherapy systems which are used to treat cancer and improve people’s lives.” 

Mark added: “As vice chair of the Business Gateway Fife (BGF) I was aware of the help and support BGF provides local businesses. Working with my adviser, I was paired with a business mentor who encouraged me to look for new opportunities and to strengthen existing customer relationships. That new focus helped me during talks with Teledyne e2v. It also focused my mind on how the business will tackle any future challenges that the Scottish manufacturing sector may face. Having someone outside the business offering advice and guidance has been very useful.”

Brian Blackburn of Business Gateway said: “CoorsTek is a great example of a local business making products that have a huge impact on our world. Through the mentoring programme, we have helped Mark identify new opportunities and develop existing commercial relationships that will further strengthen the business’ reputation across all sectors. We congratulate Mark and his team on signing the deal with Teledyne e2v as it not only highlights the quality of the products they make, it shines a light on Fife as a leader in manufacturing.”

Last year, CoorsTek celebrated 35 years of manufacturing in Europe at its Glenrothes base, its first production facility outside the United States. The company now has a dozen manufacturing locations across Europe from Germany to the Czech Republic.

Working with companies like British Nuclear Fuels, the market-leading company engineers bespoke advanced ceramic products to help clients solve difficult challenges using the strengths of technical ceramics. 

Mr Cameron said: “Engineered ceramics can withstand huge amounts of power and force while resisting corrosion, erosion and wear. They survive where other materials will fail, and this makes the material extremely attractive. It is a competitive marketplace, but what makes CoorsTek stand out is the quality of our product and our exacting customer service. Celebrating 35 years in the fast-paced and competitive manufacturing sector is something we are very proud of.”

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