Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, UK. 22 January 2019. North East British manufacturing company Rubb has been awarded a new two-year contract with the UK Ministry of Defence.
The new contract will see Rubb continue to provide military shelters, repairs, refurbishments, spare parts, training, Post Design Services (PDS) and support for infrastructure which can be deployed in the field. The single source contract is potentially worth £9.5m and could be extended for an additional year.
Defence Minister Stuart Andrew said, “Rubb UK is a great example of innovative and expert British engineering that provides strong investment in the North East and contributes to UK Defence. This contract demonstrates the MOD’s commitment to industry throughout the four corners of the UK and I welcome the continued supply of this crucial defence equipment.”
The work helps sustain employment for 51 employees, including five military dedicated operatives. Key suppliers include Niko Ltd, Hydro, Anixter Fasteners and local suppliers Airowsafe, Birtley Galvanizing, Rotational Engineering, SMW and Elite Powder Coatings.
Ian Hindmoor, Managing Director at Rubb Buildings Ltd, said, “We are very proud to be part of an industry that helps provide equipment to support our troops at home and in the field. Working with the MoD is a long-standing relationship that we have built up over many years.
“Winning this new contract is a testament to all the staff here, who are dedicated to helping meet the needs of the defence sector and deliver Urgent Operational Requirements.”
The company has been a long-standing supplier to the UK Armed Forces, going back to 1979 when the RAF tasked the company to supply military buildings for the world-famous Red Arrows.
The Ministry of Defence benefits from Rubb’s expertise in rapid deployable hangar solutions, which have been used to house and protect operation-ready fighter jets and carry out essential maintenance on large Chinook helicopters. The hangars have been invaluable to UK, Canadian and US forces deployed on operations across the globe. Rubb continues to provide the Armed Forces with long-term assets and is exploring the potential of cutting-edge cooling techniques and structural fabric technology which is aimed to be suitable for the UK’s future aircraft.
Rubb has recently fulfilled a five-year, single source contract, with a value of £6.86 million with the MoD. This ran until October 2018. The new contract strengthens the existing relationship and ensures that Rubb will be able to continue to provide vital equipment for the type of activity being carried out by the MoD, at any given time.