A history of Fife Fabrications
Based in Glenrothes for the last 50 years, Fife Fabrications has remained one of the most advanced manufacturers of precision sheet metalwork, electromechanical assemblies, and precision machined components in the UK, offering a complete service from design for manufacture support to manufacturing and full customer delivery.
Having been set up at its original site in Glenrothes by Willie Braid in 1972, the business has grown out of all recognition since its inception.
Though it has stayed true to its core service of precision sheet metalwork and commitment to quality since the beginning, over time, the business developed an ethos of working in close partnership as a seamless extension of customer businesses. Additionally, it incrementally evolved its service offering to encompass additional expert offerings, such as full-service electromechanical assemblies.
From having a limited range of customers in the early 90’s, the business focused on broadening its customer base throughout the UK and investing heavily in technology and people to enable sustainable commercial success and growth.
In 2000 Fife Fabrications moved to its current location to allow for further growth (next door to the original site) and now has over 112 members of its expert team, and a £9M turnover. There are six figure investments made back into the business as part of its commitment to continuous investment (for example, the E-Brake Ultra in 2021) to ensure the team has the latest technologies and development of skills, to further add value for customers.
Having seen a large-scale investment programme which has boosted automation processes in recent years, Fife Fabrications has purposefully worked to create opportunities for more and more local young people, as part of its growth ambitions.
Working together with its community engagement programme, giving back to numerous local causes every year, Fife Fabrications has also been a champion for employability opportunities and programmes such as Developing the Young Workforce for many years. This commitment to young people has seen the average age of the team reduce from 50 to 42 in the last few years and looks set to continue with a robust apprenticeship scheme and a history of creating diverse opportunities for young people which can lead them to a career for life.
Current Managing Director, John Penman, said of the business,
“I’m never prouder of what we have achieved at Fife Fabrications since it began in 1972 than when I see our young people staying here and progressing in their career with us. We have had a lot of fantastic people on our team over the last 50 years and we are all part of the history of its success. We’d like to thank our loyal customers, our suppliers and our dedicated, expert teams for their ongoing support and we will continue to build on our successes for the next 50 years!”