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Collaboration & Associations

Collaborate and conquer

As thought-leaders in global manufacturing exploits, Brandauer recognise that its position is owed in part to the knowledge sharing partnerships it has built-up over the years. Relationships with other manufacturers, associates and research bodies connecting academia and the private and public sectors are designed to drive innovation.

Two particularly successful collaborations include Brandauer’s status as one of the founding members of the Manufacturing Assembly Network (MAN Group) and Brandauer’s partnership with Yamada Dobby, with the Brandauer facility housing the only UK-based Yamada Dobby power press showcase.

Manufacturing Assembly Network (MAN Group)

Brandauer is a proud founding member of the MAN Group (Manufacturing Assembly Network), a manufacturing collaboration consisting of non-competing UK-based manufacturers, all with expert engineers and highly skilled production labour.

Customers have the flexibility to select which services and solutions within the MAN offering are of interest to them, with the assurance that all member companies have a proven track record in their field of expertise. The group is approved to a range of International Standards, that include ISO9001, AS9001, ISO14001, IATF16949, UL and CSA.

Collaboration between this network of manufacturing companies is designed to share technical excellence in mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering processes. This further ensures that Brandauer customers gain the highest levels of advice, quality and service.

The collective, which enjoys more than £75m sales and employs over 800 people, can offer every engineering discipline imaginable, including automation and control systems, aluminium die casting, fabrication, forging, plastic injection moulding, PCB development, precision machining and precision pressings and stampings.

Its membership includes Alucast, Barkley Plastics, C-MAC SMT, Grove Design, KimberMills, Muller Holdings, PP Control & Automation and Ricor. The group is also closely affiliated with WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group) and expert marketing and PR for manufacturing affiliates.

MAN Group Capabilities

Yamada Dobby

Brandauer is the UK and Republic of Ireland technology showcase partner for Yamada Dobby Europe Ltd.

Brandauer’s world class manufacturing environment has been assigned as a technology showcase partner for Yamada Dobby, where a number of open houses are planned throughout the year.

Requests to visit Brandauer to see the showcase power press and the other world-class equipment and facilities in operation are also welcome.

Yamada Dobby are one of the world’s leading manufacturers and providers of precision power presses. Established in 1919 and supplying precision stamping presses since 1961, they are a well-established Japanese supplier of presses to customers all over the world.

After a lengthy, hands-on review of the market and available power press technologies, Brandauer partnered with Yamada Dobby and installed the NXT 80XL, which is delivering the following benefits:

Cost effective; up to 25% saving over the equivalent competitors equipment
Excellent standard fit equipment (feeds, lighting, interface, tool protection)
Patented repeatability from a double link motion mechanism
More efficient; significant reduction in press setting time
SMED and Industry 4.0 capabilities
Proven low maintenance
2 established Yamada customers in the UK (>5 years), with record low un-planned maintenance
Local European technical and service support in <24 hours

Associated businesses

Manufacturing Assembly Network (MAN Group)

Brandauer is a founding member of The Manufacturing Assembly Network – a group of eight sub-contract manufacturers and an engineering design agency, providing complete manufacturing solutions through the collaboration of world-class knowledge, expertise and technology.

Auric Metal Finishers

Auric specialise in precision plating of metal components for the automotive, aerospace, electronic, medical and telecoms industries.

GF Machining Solutions

GF Machining Solutions is the world’s leading provider of machines, Automation solutions and services to the tool and mold making industry and to manufacturers of precision components.

British Standards Institute (BSI)

BSI services are designed to align with the steps individual clients need to take to understand what is best practice, how to achieve it and ensure that it remains an ongoing habit.

Made In The Midlands (MIM)

Made in the Midlands works with some of the largest OEMs and tier-one suppliers and many of the Midlands and Yorkshire SME base. Brandauer is a Gold Member and CEO, Rowan Crozier sits on the Advisory Board.

Birmingham City University (BCU)

With around 24,000 students from 80 countries, Birmingham City University is a large and diverse place to study. Brandauer work alongside the university in a knowledge transfer partnership capacity.


Outokumpu is the global leader in stainless steel, aiming to be the best value creator in stainless by 2020 through its competitive edge of customer orientation and efficiency.

Make UK

Make UK champions and celebrates British manufacturing and manufacturers. Collaborating to build a platform for the evolution of UK manufacturing.

Confederation of British Metalforming (CBM)

The CBM is the leading trade association for UK manufacturers of fasteners, forgings and pressings, cold-rolled and sheet-metal products.

British-American Business Council (BABC)

The British-American Business Council (BABC) is the largest transatlantic business network, with 22 chapters, and over 2,000 member companies based in major business centres throughout North America and the United Kingdom.


Materion Corporation is a global leader in advanced materials, providing innovative material solutions to solve the most complex technical challenges.

Wieland Metals Birmingham

Wieland Metals Birmingham (UK) is a production site for rolled products, using state-of-the-art casting and rolling equipment, specialising in the supply of high-performance niche alloys and small batches.

Yamada Dobby

Yamada High Precision Press Machines have been working with remarkable results in the production of minute parts of high precision since 1961. Brandauer is the official technology showcase partner for Europe.


Bruderer is renowned the world over as a pacesetter in high-quality punching technology. The company, which was founded in 1943 by Egon Bruderer, took just a few years to develop from humble beginnings into a global player.

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