- Ventilation Systems
- Dust & Heat Extraction
- Heating Systems
- Air Conditioning
- Fully CAD/CAM
- Sheet Metalwork
- General Fabrication
- Marine Services
- Plasma Profiling
Ventrac Sheet Metal Limited was founded by the McCartney family in 1970 and the company is still run by the same family today as it nears its fifth decade.
The company was originally based in Fairley Street in Ibrox, close to the old Govan Shipbuilders. The core business in the 1970s was the supply of sheet metal products to the local Govan shipyards and as the Clyde Shipbuilding Industry declined the company diversified into the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) sector, a market already closely associated with the company in connection with the supply and installation of ductwork for shipbuilding.
By the mid 1980s the company had built up a substantial reputation for service in the ventilation industry and new markets associated with security, roller shutter doors and other general sheet metal works being developed.
In 1987 the company moved its operations to larger, more suitable premises in Nimmo Drive with a view to coping with greater workloads and diversity of business now being undertaken. The planned diversification had completely removed the dependence on orders from the shipbuilding industry, and primary markets now come from the HVAC and Securities Industries. However the company still services the marine industry at the Kvaerner Yard in Govan and the Ferguson Yard at Port Glasgow.
A large number of projects in the retail sector gave rise to the next step forward in the planned growth of the company for a Hi-Tech service associated with modern HVAC installations. Work began in November 1993 to renovate the premises at Nimmo Drive, including the construction of new internal two storey offices. The company has now developed using the latest computer technologies including Computer Aided Drafting, Computer Aided Manufacture, Estimating Systems, Planning, Costing and Accounts, this combined with a highly-trained team of designers and installation engineers provides the very best service on offer to our large and distinguished client list. The majority of works carried out by the company are concentrated in Scotland and the central belt, however our projects have taken us from Inverness to London and Aberdeen to Benbecula.
Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) services allow the company to undertake a full manufacture and installation of large or small ductwork to DW144 specification with the knowledge and safeguards of a well resourced, experienced family owned company that still values its customers requirements and needs.
Further to the above developments, in 1996 the company was accredited the registration of approved installers of Koolduct Phenolic Panelled Ductwork, of which there are only three other suppliers in Scotland. This is a another high quality specialist product produced by the company which is used in the Mechanical Ventilation and Air Conditioning Services.
In September of 1999 as part of the continued expansion and progression of the company and our services, the directors purchased another building giving approximately 4,000 square feet, preparing the space to house the next stage of development which would include major investment in Plant and Machinery.
By laying the foundations of buildings and sourcing new machinery it brought about the purchase of some £150,000.00 worth of machinery in 2003. With the already installed Computer Automated Manufacturing systems for the automated plasma cutters, the next logical step was the purchase and installation of new Automated Ductwork Straight De-Coiling Line, Ras Machines, Spot welders, etc… as shown. This would give the company increased capability and options for the speedy procurement of projects, a better quality product for the client and an increased capacity of production for larger mechanical ductwork contracts.
Looking to the future and the next step. As the company is making good steady progress in its expansion, plans are being drawn up for a new building as a new extension to the existing factory at Nimmo Drive. This would almost double the size of the already existing factory capacity and with on-going monitoring of the factory manufacturing process, further new machinery is now being reviewed to improve the quality and efficiency of the production of ductwork at Ventrac.