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Innovation drives investment at Air Accessories

Innovation drives investment at Air Accessories

When pneumatics expert John (Jack) Bushby formed Sheffield-based Air Accessories in 1967 it was as a wholesaler of proprietary products from the world’s leading manufacturers, something that continues to this day. From those early days, customer service was at the heart of everything the company did, and this vision remains under current owner
Fawcett achieves balance with turning capacity from XYZ Machine Tools

Fawcett achieves balance with turning capacity from XYZ Machine Tools

Achieving a balanced machining portfolio that matches the present and predicted workflow is the current investment policy of A Fawcett Precision Engineers. This policy at the Elland, West Yorkshire company gained fresh impetus when Joanne Thompson took over the running of the business from her father who retired in 2009. Joanne, who had worked
XYZ VMC performance creates development opportunities at Mounts & More

XYZ VMC performance creates development opportunities at Mounts & More

When Mounts and More originally started in 1996 it was intended to be a part-time enterprise, but the business quickly morphed from being a small distributor of products for wheelchair users into a service and support centre for not only individual users, but also hospital groups across the UK and Europe. From this experience of being what ...
XYZ makes an impression on Metallic Elephant

XYZ makes an impression on Metallic Elephant

Initially founded to provide a service and rebuild facility for hot foil presses, which use heat to transfer adhesive-backed foil to imprint and personalise a wide range of goods from luxury handbags to bespoke stationery. However, it soon became clear to Karl and Ros French, founders of Metallic Elephant, that there was a strong market for ...
Strutt ‘sees the light’ in switch from manual to CNC

Strutt ‘sees the light’ in switch from manual to CNC

For over 40 years Strutt Engineering, a family-owned business in the heart of the Peak District, has carved out a niche for itself in the manufacture of hydraulic grabs used in the handling of scrap, quarrying, waste recycling and excavation sectors. Its business is built around a standard product range and also the flexibility to ...
From the seed of an idea to reality  for Expert Precision Engineering

From the seed of an idea to reality for Expert Precision Engineering

After 15 years of working in the subcontract machining environment Michael Thompson decided that it was time for a change. He was aware that he had the necessary skills and experience to work for himself and after some research the seeds for a new business were sown. Speaking with his now fellow directors Martin Stokoe and Stephen Hornby they ...
Rivercircle doubles up with XYZ to meet demand

Rivercircle doubles up with XYZ to meet demand

When Peterborough-based Rivercircle invested in one of the first XYZ UMC-5X gantry-style simultaneous five-axis machining centres just over 12 months ago its ambition was to gain efficiency by transferring work being done on three and four axis machines. Such was its success in doing that, it has won numerous new contracts for five axis-type ...
XYZ LR machines convince Alken Engineering of their potential

XYZ LR machines convince Alken Engineering of their potential

Alken Engineering is a long-term user of XYZ Machine Tools’ ProtoTRAK mills, being an ‘early adopter, when the ProtoTRAK control was introduced to the UK in 1993. It now has 10 XYZ ProtoTRAK mills and three XYZ ProTURN lathes on its capacity list, but for many years resisted purchasing any XYZ ‘full CNC’ machines… until now. Alken ...
Eclipse Magnetics moves forward with XYZ Machine Tools

Eclipse Magnetics moves forward with XYZ Machine Tools

Familiar to many for its range of Magnetic chucks and lifting equipment Eclipse Magnetics, part of the Spear & Jackson Group of companies, now encompasses a much wider product portfolio; with magnetic filtration and separation systems accounting for around 50 per cent of its turnover. These filtration and separation systems are used across
Growth backed by global success at Feritech

Growth backed by global success at Feritech

Falmouth-based Feritech specialises in engineering projects that operate in the harshest of environments, specifically sub-sea where its products are used to survey the sea bed and provide geotechnical data for the oil & gas, military and surveying sectors. As sales at the independently-owned business have grown, so has the need for ...
Newcastle Tool & Gauge chooses XYZ for five-axis capability

Newcastle Tool & Gauge chooses XYZ for five-axis capability

Since its formation in 1979 Newcastle Tool & Gauge (N.T.G.) has adapted to change, originally a toolroom manufacturing press tools for local industry it has evolved into a precision engineering machine shop. Along the way it has gained an enviable reputation as a preferred supplier to customers across a wide range of industry sectors, ...
Change of direction brings investment benefits to Birmingham City University

Change of direction brings investment benefits to Birmingham City University

When Birmingham City University took the decision three years ago to switch its engineering courses to the new globally accepted CDIO (Conceive - Design - Implement - Operate), a more practice-based educational framework, the need to update its School of Engineering and the Built Environment became paramount. A budget of over £7 million was ...

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