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A specialist UK based tier 1 fine limit sheet metalwork supplier offers its services to companies from aerospace, automotive, defence under a manufacturing, outsourcing or subcontracting agreement.

Country of origin:
Country: 
UNITED KINGDOM
Opportunity:
External Id: 
BOUK20200629001
Published
29/06/2020
Last update
21/07/2020
Expiration date
22/07/2021

Keywords

Partner keyword: 
3D printing
Forming (rolling, forging, pressing, drawing)
Machine Tools
Energy for Transport
Machine tools, other metal working equipment (excl. numeric control)
Other industrial equipment and machinery
Manufacture of tubes, pipes, hollow profiles and related fittings, of steel
Casting of steel
Installation of industrial machinery and equipment
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Summary

Summary: 
UK company producing sheet metalwork of fine tolerance and various complexity, by a highly skilled workforce, from a variety of materials including aluminium, copper, mild, stainless steels and plastics. The company has a wide range of modern high-quality machinery and can produce parts for aerospace, automotive, defence under customers’ unique specifications. Depending on customer needs the company can offer a manufacturing, outsourcing or subcontracting agreement.

Description

Description: 

The company was founded in 1950 in the South of the UK and a few years later diversified into sheet metalwork for the aircraft industry - both military and commercial. Over the decades the company has become a tier 1 supplier to aerospace, automotive and defence original equipment manufacturers (OEM) with Nadcap (National Aerospace and Defence Contractors Accreditation Program) welding certification and is considered a key strategic supplier to many multinational companies in the aerospace and defence sectors.

Approved to AS 9100 D, they offer a complete manufacturing solution from design to delivery. The company’s highly skilled engineers can draw, program and manufacture prototypes for customer approval thanks to a rapid prototype and pre-production service using state of the art 3D modelling.

The company has a dedicated quality control and inspection department. They can also fit free issue components and can reduce customers' time and labour costs by part assembly of units before delivery. Automatic and semi-automatic machines are used for the installation of fixings.

Production capabilities include:

CNC (computer numerical control) routing complements the Turret press and laser machines, adding another dimension to the machining capacity. The Router offers the capability to machine a variety of plastics, wood and metal parts - all with exceptional accuracy and care.

Controlled by CAD/CAM stations, the CNC punching machines offer a fast turn-round and have a tremendous flexibility to accommodate various materials, shapes and volumes. The highly accurate and consistent outcomes of the machine is further enhanced by the Planar flat sheet digital inspection system which compares the punched product with the original drawing to ensure complete accuracy.

The company uses CNC controlled Amada brake-presses which provide the capability for fast prototyping control. Due to being an SME, the company has great flexibility, which extends to order volumes, handmade tooling and special requirements such as rubber pressing, power pressing and deep draw pressing.

Other capabilities include:

- The CNC Amada laser cutting machinery gives complete flexibility, whilst achieving extremely accurate profiling at high processing speeds.
- Three axis CNC milling machines.
- The ability to produce various types of pipework including hydraulic, air and fluid.
- The company is approved by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and AWS (American Welding Standard) and offers all types of welding from mig welding, tig welding, plasma welding, plasma cutting, spotwelding, brazing and aluminium brazing.
- Plating / powder coating / wet painting. Local facilities are used to cater for corrosion protection, decorative finishes, unlimited colour choice and fast turn-around.

The company offer a manufacturing, outsourcing or subcontracting agreement.

Advantages & innovations

Cooperation plus value: 
The company offers technical support and advice and can make recommendations on the most cost-effective process for each requirement. These innovative design solutions assist customers in reducing their costs while maintaining quality and efficiency. The management understands their responsibility to the environment and the impact their activities have on it. They are proud to be accredited to the following standards: AS 9100 D BS EN ISO 9001:2015 Nadcap® Welding CAA Welding AWS Welding The company continues to invest in new plant and equipment that is not only more environmentally friendly, but also improves efficiency and output capabilities. The company offers the ability to turn jobs around within the tightest of timescales, but not at the expense of quality. The company are currently working in close partnership with a number of Blue-Chip companies in both the UK and around the world. They would like to grow their business further by establishing additional international partnerships.

Stage of development

Cooperation stage dev stage: 
Already on the market

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
Partners sought are companies from aerospace, automotive or defence sectors. The scope of operations and responsibility will be clearly defined by the interested Partners. The UK company will then perform the service, according to the detailed technical specification received, the agreement reached and the deadlines agreed. The company can offer manufacturing, subcontracting or outsourcing agreement depending on their clients' needs.

Type and size

Cooperation task: 
SME 11-50,251-500,SME 51-250,>500