A Birmingham metal pressings specialist has capitalised on its Queen’s Award success by securing a new contract in the renewables field.
Brandauer unveiled its involvement in a new project to create wind energy
during the official presentation of its International Trade Award by the Lord
Lieutenant of the West Midlands to its 60-strong workforce and family board
company has been working with British manufacturer FuturEnergy to develop thin
gauge generator lamination T pieces that help power AirForce1, a 1kW horizontal
axis upwind turbine system designed for use in domestic homes and isolated industrial
firm’s latest foray into the renewables sector and further evidence of its
laminations expertise, a driving force in over £1.5m of new export business in
the last twelve months.
Crozier, CEO of Brandauer, commented: “This is a very memorable moment in our
history and underlines how parts – manufactured in the heart of Birmingham –
are positively impacting on people’s lives all over the world.
currently make components that are used in 90% of the world’s kettles, in recon
drones that save lives and edge connectors for the dimming of rear view mirrors
in half of global car models.”
continued: “The Queen’s Award reinforces all of the amazing things we do and
the outstanding engineering expertise our staff, many of whom have been with us
for over 25 years, bring to the table.
very passionate about UK manufacturing and this prestigious award gives us the
confidence to go out there and represent industry in this country against our
which exports 85% of its £9.2m turnover, has seen demand for its lamination
services grow from the automotive electronics and search and rescue sectors.
relationship with FuturEnergy is the first contract secured to supply complex
laminations for a product/system set to be used in power generation and
with the client, the pressings specialist developed a family of carbide
inserted progression tools that not only stamp the profile, but also stack the
components during the stamping process.
was highly complex with changeover modules allowing a number of different
profiles to be stamped. Keeping the parts orientated flat and without excessive
break on the edge of the part required significant R&D and the ability to
leverage knowledge gained from multiple sectors.
process has also benefitted from a £600,000 investment into a new Yamada Dobby
NXT 80XL high-speed press.
“This is a very important contract win for us and initially came through our involvement with the Manufacturing Assembly Network (MAN). It gives us the opportunity to work with a specialist in renewables to help it bring an exciting new green technology to market,” continued Rowan.
a lot of demand for a small compact turbine that offers excellent performance
and we fully expect volumes to increase as the AirForce1 becomes more popular.”
Operations Director at Stratford-upon-Avon-based FuturEnergy, concluded:
technology is manufactured completely in Britain and Brandauer has added real
value to our supply chain – first supporting us on the design, then the
development of the tooling and then establishing production of the specialist
“It’s willingness to invest in new equipment and a considerable amount of R&D time proved to us its desire to be involved and we look forward to exploring how we can continue to make the most of each other’s strengths.”
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