Neil Geoghegan, Clamason Industries (Left) with Adrian Haller, Bruderer UK
The Black Country manufacturer has signalled its intentions for future growth by placing a major equipment order with Bruderer UK at MACH 2018.
Clamason, which produces precision metal components and assemblies, announced a £1m total project investment with Bruderer UK to secure its largest ever press that will be used to target up to £6m of new orders.
The specialist supplier to the automotive, medical and building products sectors will install the 300-ton ZANI Motion Master press in June and is hoping that the speed and additional bed size will unlock larger pressings and stampings opportunities.
It comes after a successful two-year period for the Kingswinford-based firm, with an MBO in 2016 proving the catalyst for 10% year-on-year growth, 20 new jobs and a predicted £30m turnover across its operations in the UK and Slovakia in 2018.
Ian Davies, sales director at Clamason Industries, said: “We have worked with Bruderer UK for more than 20 years and have been extremely impressed with the quality of the machines it provides and the service/maintenance packages it delivers.”
“A number of conversations with potential customers had identified the need for a larger and faster press than the ones we already possessed, so we decided that MACH 2018 was the perfect opportunity to place the order.”
He continued: “ZANI presses are renowned for their durability and performance and the 300-ton Motion Master press gives us the ability to achieve over 80 strokes per minute and take on much larger and complex components.
“We have also opted for the turnkey solution, which includes a state-of-the-art servo feeder and decoiling line.”
The order from Clamason Industries delivers a perfect birthday present for Bruderer, which celebrates 50 years of business in the UK in 2018 and 75 years in its native home of Switzerland.
It marks a major period of growth that will see the firm, who has bases in Luton and the Black Country, smash £5m for the first time in its history and recruit a further three skilled sales and service engineers.
UK MD Adrian Haller signed the agreement at MACH 2018: “We knew we were close to a deal, but never expected to secure it at the event, so this is an extra special birthday present for us.
“We listened to the technical team at Clamason and, through our understanding of the business and its objectives, we put together a turnkey package that not only met its requirements but actually surpassed them.
“Installation and full training will be completed in June and the press will be operational for new orders in July.
“We have been the exclusive UK agent for ZANI for four years now and the machine’s popularity in this country is definitely on the rise.”
Bruderer UK also used its appearance at MACH 2018 to launch its ‘Rising Stars of Engineering’ competition, which is open to all engineers or manufacturing professionals under the age of 30.
Designed to support the ‘Year of Engineering’, the initiative is inviting initial written nominations, with the shortlisted nominees asked to produce their own video detailing why they should win and the outstanding achievements they’ve made over the course of the year.
Three winners will be announced in December and will be taken on to a two-day trip to Bruderer’s world-class manufacturing facilities in Frasnacht in Switzerland, where they will tour the factory, meet engineering experts and enjoy a celebration dinner.
Adrian added: “Our recent growth has created its own issues and we are struggling to find young people that will join our team.
“Rather than bemoan our bad luck, we wanted to take measures into our own hands and believe this competition – along with our continued support of local technical academies - will help raise engineering’s profile as a great career choice.
“We now want companies to step forward and take part. Let’s recognize the young talent in our industry in the hope it will encourage more people to choose this profession.”
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