Mechan will be retain its name and staff but will add its range of heavy lifting and handling equipment to CIM’s portfolio of products and services, which includes the design and construction of railway infrastructure projects.

“This takeover will provide us with an excellent opportunity to accelerate our international development,” says Mr Richard Carr, Mechan’s managing director. “I will continue to lead Mechan’s expert team, and as far as our existing clients are concerned, it will be business as usual.”

CIM currently operates in over 120 countries worldwide, but Carr believes Mechan can raise CIM’s profile in Britain.