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Case Studies

CPC Engineering – from hobby  to booming business with XYZ

CPC Engineering – from hobby to booming business with XYZ

What started out as a hobby manufacturing spare parts for their own classic British motorcycles has turned into a successful business for Chris and Ian. From their small workshop in a quiet Cornish village they are supporting a growing customer base with replacement parts for vintage motorcycles, in many cases improving on the original ...
XYZ helps Midland Group Training Services take skills to the next level

XYZ helps Midland Group Training Services take skills to the next level

Competition is fierce within the engineering training sector, therefore those that want to succeed have to develop new strategies to differentiate them from the ordinary. This is the case at Midland Group Training Services, where multiple layers of training that can be tailored to individual company needs have been developed and can be ...
Roll cage specialist  takes on new challenges with XYZ

Roll cage specialist takes on new challenges with XYZ

Having worked for a variety of manufacturing companies as what he describes as ‘a suit’ with basic engineering knowledge, Phil Boffin was approached by an existing customer of one of these businesses and asked to set up his own engineering company. The temptation couldn’t be resisted and BMS Engineering was formed in 2007. From that step ...
Fourth generation takes on new challenges

Fourth generation takes on new challenges

French & Son is a household name in Heathfield, Sussex as for over three generations it has served the local community with garage and taxi services. While these businesses continue to thrive, fourth generation Charlie French is looking in a different direction to keep the family business expanding, making full use of his motorsport ...
Fluid Research’s transition to CNC  with XYZ boosts productivity

Fluid Research’s transition to CNC with XYZ boosts productivity

Just over four years ago the entire production of Fluid Research’s metering, mixing and dispensing machines was managed by a sub-contractor. However, when its preferred partner closed, the decision was taken to purchase their manual machines and bring production in-house.For over 40 years, Wellingborough-based Fluid Research has been ...
One giant leap from flea powder to weather prediction

One giant leap from flea powder to weather prediction

Not many businesses can trace a history back over 240 years, but Thomas Keating, which began life in the shadow of St Paul’s cathedral in London, making Flea Powders and, in spite of its strapline ‘Keatings Kills’, it became very successful, moving into a variety of other health giving products, such as throat lozenges. The business ...
Tycam knows what it likes and likes what it knows

Tycam knows what it likes and likes what it knows

St Neots-based Tycam Engineering (originally Astral Engineering) has built a solid business supplying machined parts for aerospace and military power supply units. In its early days it was a two-man business utilising manual machines and the skills it had available. Now, over 25 years later, it remains a two-man business, but its ...
Award winning Helipebs Controls expands its markets with help from XYZ machines

Award winning Helipebs Controls expands its markets with help from XYZ machines

With a history that can be traced back over 100 years in total, with the past 40 in the company’s current guise, Helipebs Controls has developed a market-leading range of pneumatic and hydraulic cylinders. The past ten years has seen further development of its own products creating a more bespoke business designing and manufacturing these ...
Bronte Precision Engineering  gears up for productivity

Bronte Precision Engineering gears up for productivity

Finding a niche is often the way to succeeding in business and that is exactly what Bradford-based Bronte Precision Engineering has done. The business is split into five disciplines: precision machining; gear manufacture; transmission systems and component parts; replacement parts for vintage and classic vehicles; and replacement parts for
XYZ gives Renishaw Greenpower a boost

XYZ gives Renishaw Greenpower a boost

Research and development is the lifeblood of Renishaw and backing this up are a number of small workshops across the group capable of manufacturing one-off and low volume prototype parts. The majority of these workshops are now equipped with machines from XYZ Machine Tools, as the ProtoTRAK control system suits Renishaw’s needs perfectly.
B&B is more than an overnight success

B&B is more than an overnight success

With a well-established reputation for its precision machining services, B&B Precision Engineering based in Clayton West on the outskirts of Huddersfield, took a major step forward four years ago when it embarked on an investment plan that saw it expand its portfolio of services and increase its floorspace fivefold to 16,000 ...
Hivac adds capacity  with heavy-duty XYZ machines

Hivac adds capacity with heavy-duty XYZ machines

Hastings-based Hivac Engineering is a well-established specialist in the manufacture of ultra-high vacuum chambers and equipment used in surface science, semi-conductor and synchrotron particle acceleration. For the latter think CERN and the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland, or closer to home Diamond Light Source in Oxfordshire. The type of work that Hivac Engineering undertakes, therefore, is generally low-volume, R&D, but to extremely tight tolerances on large components.

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