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Birmingham-based precision component manufacturer Brandauer welcomed Lord Digby Jones to its Newtown facility yesterday to herald in the company’s biggest investment to date.
To help celebrate its 150th anniversary, Brandauer has invested £750,000 to be the world’s first to install two cutting-edge presses, the Bruderer BSTA 510-123B2 and BSTA 280-75B2. Offering the company the latest B2 control technology and high-speed precision servo feeds, the investment will enable the manufacturer to accommodate larger modular tools with more complex additional operations.
The substantial investment is hoped to add an additional £2m worth of new sales to the firm’s current £9m turnover and increases Brandauer’s ability to offer tool transfer services to clients from sectors such as aerospace, automotive, electronics and renewables.
Managing Director at Brandauer, David Spears, said:
“At £750,000, this is the single largest investment we have ever made and gives us greater speed, greater quality and greater efficiency to target new sectors.”
Installing the news presses has already begun to pay dividends for Brandauer, part of the Midlands Assembly Network, with new contracts including complex parts for both automotive electronics and an alternative fuel cell recently being won.
David Spears added:
“The 150th anniversary is a major milestone for the business and we’ve already marked it with a Royal visit, the launch of a new book and successful appearances at MACH, IFSEC and Subcon. Having Lord Digby Jones start production on our new presses is a great way of marking the investment, an investment that will undoubtedly help us move towards £10m turnover by the end of this year.”
Reflecting on his visit Lord Jones commented:
“I was very impressed with what I saw at Brandauer. This is a company that recognises the need to continually improve the way it does business if it is to compete with international rivals. This latest investment in the new presses is a clear indication of its desire to be the best in the world and I’m delighted to see the same commitment is in place to developing its workforce.”
Lord Jones concluded:
“With nearly 80 percent of its turnover going overseas, it’s a great example of how the West Midlands can still be a global manufacturing force.”