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Accranut – A business growing  through investment

Accranut – A business growing through investment

With a history going back almost 70 years The Accranut Company, along with its sister business Coventry Collets, continues to look to the future and invest in the right technology and processes for its business and product development. This includes several machines purchased from XYZ Machine Tools, including the latest LR series vertical ...
Complete Engineering Services – 20 years of growth with XYZ Machines

Complete Engineering Services – 20 years of growth with XYZ Machines

XYZ Machine Tools’ Managing Director Nigel Atherton is proud of the number of businesses that have grown alongside XYZ over the years, developing their machining capability as their businesses developed. Complete Engineering Services (Carlisle) Limited is a typical case in point. Founded by friends and co-Managing Directors Alan Walker and ...
Keeping railway heritage rolling along

Keeping railway heritage rolling along

Built in 1903, the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway served the communities along the winding valley that joined the mainline at Welshpool. This narrow-gauge railway allowed livestock, coal and timber to be transported easily, as well as providing a passenger service until the early 1930’s. The line operated until 1956 when British Rail ...
Rapid growth is matched with investment at LC Precision Engineering

Rapid growth is matched with investment at LC Precision Engineering

Formed in 2013 when Lee Coles bought out a one-man machining business, Weymouth-based LC Precision Engineering has achieved sales growth in excess of 600 per cent over the past five years. Working across a variety of industry sectors, including defence, motorsport, nuclear and electronics, mainly focussing on work that could be produced on ...
Battle Bots get an XYZ boost

Battle Bots get an XYZ boost

For followers of the BBC’s Robot Wars programme, the names Sir Killalot, Shunt, Matilda and Dead Metal will be familiar as the House Robots, whose sole purpose is to lie in wait for the competing bots and take their opportunity to destroy them. These mean weapons are designed and built by two brothers in a small corner of their family ...
Getting a knight of the rails back up to steam

Getting a knight of the rails back up to steam

The workshops of the Llangollen Railway provide maintenance for its own rolling stock as well as supporting other heritage railways around the UK and building brand new steam locomotives to order. Like many such organisations it relies on donations, not only of cash and time, but also machine tools. However, when one particular project came ...
Training the future at Babcock International

Training the future at Babcock International

Bringing on the next generation of engineers to work across its many customer programmes is a key focus for Babcock International, the highly-skilled engineering company. No more so than in the current Year of Engineering, a UK wide initiative to encourage young people to consider a career in the sector, Babcock is ensuring that it creates ...
Investment differentiates R&M from the rest

Investment differentiates R&M from the rest

R&M Assembly, part of the R&M Electrical Group, has over 20-years’ experience in the assembly, modification and distribution of specialist power distribution and control systems for use in hazardous (explosive) environments, supplying a diverse range of customers across the oil & gas, nuclear, rail and marine sectors to name a ...
Heptron looks to go global  with its renewable energy systems

Heptron looks to go global with its renewable energy systems

After working for a major engineering company for many years as an electrical engineer, travelling across Europe, Gary Murphy decided in 1994 it was time to settle down and do things for himself and formed Heptron Manufacturing UK Limited. Initially he provided a machine repair service to industry around St Helens, then as that work started ...
Hydrafeed – more than meets the eye

Hydrafeed – more than meets the eye

Best known for its extensive range of Multifeed barfeed systems for CNC lathes, Milton Keynes-based Hydrafeed is also involved as a sub-contract machinist for the aerospace, special purpose machinery, and tobacco machinery sectors. To meet the machining demands of both sides of its business Hydrafeed has an extensive machine shop capacity, ...
DJM Engineering – different from the norm

DJM Engineering – different from the norm

Based in the village of Warkworth, near Banbury, Colin Merry of DJM Engineering describes the family-business as being ‘a bit different’. Founded by his father Dave as an injection mould manufacturer some 25 years ago, the business now sees itself as a problem-solver working on projects for customers from start to finish, undertaking ...
Rivercircle’s five-axis search ends at XYZ

Rivercircle’s five-axis search ends at XYZ

For over 30 years Peterborough-based Rivercircle has developed its business, becoming a leading designer and manufacturer of special purpose test and assembly machines, and multi-cavity rubber and plastic mould tooling. It prides itself on being able to provide a complete service, keeping as much as possible, from design, through to final ...

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