Latest Chester catalogue now available

Chester Machine Tools has published a new 340-page catalogue containing a wide selection of CNC machining centres and lathes, including new high-performance models and an increased range of conventional machines. The publication also includes a comprehensive tooling and accessories section.

With over 50 new products available, Chester has expanded its product portfolio to provide machine-tool solutions that meet the demands of modern industrial, manufacturing and educational establishments seeking the latest in machining technology. A copy of the 26th edition of Chester Machine Tools Industrial Catalogue can be requested by visiting the website. The catalogue is also available as an Android App for download via Google Play.
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Third Dimension wins innovation award

Third Dimension, a supplier of handheld precision measurement solutions, is celebrating its success as a regional winner of the EEF Business Growth & Strategy Award.


Neal Agar and Ellie O’Hare represented the company at a gala dinner hosted within the Beaulieu motor museum, to mark the achievement. Tim Monks, CEO at Third Dimension, says: “Turning innovative ideas into commercial success is what makes our business tick, so I’m delighted that we have won this award.”
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Buyout at KMF Group

Family-run engineering firm KMF Group has been fully bought out by its founding family with the backing of a seven-figure funding package from HSBC UK, almost 50 years after the company was established.

The MBO sees founding director Michael Higgins, and sons Gareth and Daniel, who have worked at the business for a combined 85 years, take full ownership of KMF. The Higgins family
worked with HSBC UK to secure the MBO after the group’s former co-owner, Dacoll Enterprises Ltd, sought to sell its 50% stake.
Following news of the buyout, the group has confirmed ambitious growth targets as part of its 50-year anniversary in 2021. The firm will focus on continued technological investment and further market expansion via its two growing sheet-metal manufacturing facilities. KMF Group employs over 500 people in factories located in Newcastle-under-Lyme, UK and Trencin, Slovakia.
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Brunel invests in machines from Chester

Following on from a competitive tender process taking almost two years to complete, Chester Machine Tools was selected to supply and install machinery for a new national facility at Brunel University. The Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology concentrates on research into high-performance light alloys, efficient manufacturing technologies and component innovations that meet the future needs of UK engineering. Chester Machine Tools supplied Brunel with a V6L vertical machining centre with Fanuc control system and an Asteroid CSL5530 CNC slant-bed lathe also with Fanuc CNC.

“Our team of education tender specialists have been dedicated to providing their utmost support to Brunel University, ensuring the exacting specifications of the new facility and specialist machining requirements were fully met,” states Anthony Edwards, sales director at Chester Machine Tools. “Facing intense competitor activity for this project, the team at Chester feels extremely proud to have won the tender for such a globally renowned university.”
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Lambert targets future engineers

One of Yorkshire’s fastest growing manufacturers is taking matters into its own hands to help bridge the skills gap by helping inspire 1500 young people to consider a career in industry. Lambert, a provider of high-value automation systems, equipment engineering and precision components, reached the milestone figure recently after throwing open the doors of its Tadcaster factory to showcase life as a modern-day engineer. More than 200 primary and secondary school pupils and college and university students descended on the firm’s Tadcaster site and were given a taste of bionics, augmented reality, robotics and the virtual cave, thanks to AMRC’s specialist MANTRA exhibition.
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