Bruderer UK’s order book boosted by end of political uncertainty
Investment in manufacturing is on the rise following the General Election according to one of the UK’s leading suppliers of precision high-quality stamping and forming technology.
Bosses at Bruderer UK are predicting a buoyant 2020 after it revealed a £3 million pipeline of projects that include the installation of the latest precision high-speed stamping presses and one high tonnage Zani machine for clients involved in the aerospace, automotive, construction and renewables sectors.
Managing director Adrian Haller believes that a majority Government has helped to remove some of the uncertainty shrouding industry and his firm is looking to take advantage of new opportunities, creating up to five new jobs across its engineering and administrative departments in the process. This will include significant investment in developing a number of apprentices, ensuring the young staff absorb the company culture and soak up the experience and knowledge of experienced engineers that collectively have hundreds of years’ experience in presses, servicing and maintenance.
“We move into 2020 with a very healthy order book, which reflects the positive attitude of our customers following the Election results in December,” explains Adrian Haller. “The high-speed stamping technology we have provided in the UK for over 50 years is perfectly suited to where many growth sectors are moving, meeting the client’s demand for greater production control, more versatility, repeatable quality and, importantly, speed and precision.
“Electrification is a market that is due to take off after a number of stalled starts and we are currently in the process of tooling up suites of tools for major automotive suppliers in preparation for EV product launches. 2020 could well be the breakthrough year.”
Bruderer UK, which employs 14 people at its headquarters in Luton and at a satellite facility in the Black Country, enjoyed a robust 2019, shaking off economic volatility thanks to a surge in major rebuilds on existing presses. Due to the durability of the firm’s machines, a lot of customers took softening in some markets as an opportunity to bring their reliable presses back to ‘as new’ in the form of in-depth refurbishments, so they could optimise performance in time for the upturn.
“I think 2020 will be very different, with a lot of investments coming to fruition after being stalled for months. There will be significant interest in the latest updates in technology, including Single Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED) and state-of-the-art controls that mean up to 1,000 tool store operations can be accessed and applied via a single touch,” continues Adrian Haller.
“Industry 4.0, which has been integrated into our machines for over a decade, will also be in big demand as the clamour for real-time information and customer transparency across the entire production process grows.
“Finally, we are investing in die laser welding, vision system technology and, along with our portfolio partners, enhancements to servo roll feeders, decoiling systems and tool components for plastic and metal tools.
“Our role is to make sure we give UK manufacturing the best possible support in technology and innovation to make 2020 a great year.”
Bruderer UK, which enjoyed an extremely successful Autosport International exhibition, is setting its sights on its biggest presence at a MACH show yet, where it will be showcasing its full portfolio, together with a precision high-speed stamping line, to thousands of delegates.
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In with the new
Sustained business growth over the past five years, brought about by a product range expansion, increased market share and the success in opening up new markets, had placed increasing pressure on M.A. Ford Europe to expand its UK based operation to meet demand and future business development targets.
After 20 years of trading in the UK, much of it located in Pride Park, Derby, the company has now moved its HQ to larger premises at City Gate, less than a mile from its original location, with the official opening taking place on June 25th2019.
The pressure on the capacity and facilities of its original HQ, were recognised as far back as 2016 when plans began to take shape for a move to larger premises. Managing director, David Ward, explains: “It was inevitable that we would need to move, but we didn’t just want to be a bigger version of what we already were. We wanted to evolve and develop as an organisation to enhance the scope and quality of support we provide to our customers, as well as our UK and international distributors.”
With an area of more than 8,700 sq. ft, 808.2 sq.metres, the new building is almost four times the size of its previous one. In addition to the increased office space, meeting rooms and conference facilities, the warehousing and storage capacity has more than tripled in size to 4,000 sq.ft, 371.6 sq.metres, which enables a wider range of tooling to be held in stock and allow rapid despatch to meet customer orders.
This is particularly important, as the M.A. Ford tooling range has been expanded considerably over the past 12 months under its APG (Advanced Product Group) and FordMAX brands. Alongside the recently introduced TuffCut® Series 380 XT9 end-mill, which is designed for high speed machining of titanium, inconel and super-alloys, other new products under the APG banner include the TuffCut® Series 3 MVS and MVR micro-diameter coated carbide end mills, which range from 0.5 mm to 3.0 mm diameter, and the Twister® Series M coated carbide micro-drills, which covers diameters from 1.00 mm to 2.95 mm.
It’s a similar story for FordMAX with the introduction of six new product lines including the UK made Series MV4 solid carbide end mills, Universal HP Taps and four new indexable insert ranges. These include indexable high-feed milling; shoulder milling and spotting & chamfering tools, as well as an indexable turning tools range.
Arguably, the most important feature of the new facility has been the creation of a dedicated technology centre on the ground floor, which is being used for UK and international distributor training, tool prototyping and diagnostics. At the heart of the technology centre is a new Spinner U-630 5-axis universal machining centre, which uses Siemens Sinumerik 840DE SolutionLine Control CNC software, which augments the existing technology centre based at the company’s Leeds based custom tool division.
David Ward concludes: “With the new machine, we can accurately reproduce the cutting conditions that our customers are running, so that we can advise on how to achieve the best performance from our tooling. We’re also using it to test our own new tool designs on a range of materials to ensure our quoted cutting data is robust and reliable.”
“We had been planning the move to our new HQ for almost two years and now everything is fully operational, all the effort finally seems worthwhile. We’re already experiencing many of the advantages we had anticipated, such as enhancing our technical support and tooling development while maintaining the spirit of innovation that was started 100 years ago in the US. Although, geographically, we’ve moved less than a mile to our new HQ, as a business we’ve travelled much further.”
Starrag and Kennametal put Inconel and titanium machining under the microscope at AMRC
Titanium pocketing will be demonstrated at the AMRC
Machining solutions specialist Starrag UK is joining forces with tooling expert Kennametal to present an informative ‘Optimised Titanium and Inconel Machining’ event at the AMRC with Boeing Centre, Sheffield, on Wednesday 1stMay.
The event will include a variety of technical presentations and demonstrations of best-practice machining of Inconel and titanium workpieces, for example, pocketing routines for titanium on a Starrag STC 1250 machining centre, as well as keynote speeches from authoritative presenters.
Starrag has eight machines in-situ at the AMRC and the accompanying Nuclear AMRC.
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Hoffmann becomes a European Company
Hoffmann, a leading system partner for quality tools, has become a European Company, Societas Europaea (SE), with effect from 7th December 2017. As part of the transition, and to support its strategic transformation, changes to the board of executive directors have been approved.
The supervisory board of Hoffmann SE has appointed Annette Stieve to the board of executive directors of Hoffmann SE, effective 1st January 2018. Annette Stieve will be responsible for finance & general services. Annette Stieve comes from French company Faurecia, an international leading automotive supplier where she was managing director of the German subsidiary.
The supervisory board of Hoffmann SE has also appointed Borries Schüler to the board of executive directors, also with effect from 1st January 2018. Borries Schüler will be responsible for strategic product management and has been working with Hoffmann since 2002, leading the company’s biggest product segments in that time.
In another change, also with effect from 1st January 2018, Siegfried Neher will assume responsibility for the new executive board function human resources (HR) & strategic transformation. Siegfried Neher has been with Hoffmann since 1997 and has led different areas of responsibility in the past.
Dr. Robert Blackburn, chairman of the board of executive directors & CEO of Hoffmann SE, says: ‘’These new appointments to the board of executive directors put us in an ideal position to master the challenges ahead in light of our strategic transformation.
‘’With Annette Stieve, we have won a strategically minded finance expert with a wealth of international experience and the all-around ability to propel our finance department to new heights. Siegfried Neher and Borries Schüler stand for in-depth knowledge and deep market expertise. They will shape our company’s culture for many years.“