£150,000 investment pays off for ACE

£150,000 investment pays off for ACE

Metal component producer Advanced Chemical Etching (ACE) has secured more than £500,000 of orders thanks to a £150,000 investment in a state-of-the-art laboratory and new metrology department.

The firm has scored a host of new contracts in the aerospace and medical sectors thanks to its ability to offer access to new etching chemistry and expertise in aluminium, titanium and nitinol.

Orders include supplying complex parts for aircraft engines, cabin interiors and landing gear applications, whilst medical customers have been tapping into the firm’s new capability for bone re-construction and bionic products.

The company is now looking to target more customers in these sectors and other industries that may be looking to optimise design and new material introductions to reduce weight and save costs.

“The new laboratory really puts us ahead of the competition and gives us the ability to develop safer chemistry processes and control tighter design parameters…delivering performance never before seen in photo etching,” said Chris Ball, director at ACE.

“In layman’s terms, it means we can offer customers the capability to ensure the quality of components for one offsprototypes can now be transferred into the thousands normally found in mid to serial production.”

“Our aerospace and medical customers have been making the most of this new facility and the former now accounts for more than 40% of our turnover. There is now a significant opportunity to target F1, automotive and other high value engineering sectors who demand the same precision excellence.

“One of the more advanced objectives completed was to come up with an etching process to corrode corrosive resistant materials, such as inconel and titanium.”

Employing 46 people at its 20,000 sq ft facility in Telford, ACE can make products in materials, including stainless steel, nickel alloys, copper, beryllium copper, phosphor bronze, brass and, thanks to ground-breaking new processes, aluminium, titanium, molybdenum, nitinol and elgiloy.

Ian Whateley, managing director, said: “2016 is a major year for our business and we’ve really attacked the marketplace with investment in new technology, new capital equipment and new, highly skilled staff.

“We’re well on course to hit our business plan of turning over £5m by the end of next year.”


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