£400,000 investment marks 50-year anniversary

Erodex Group, a UK specialist in the design and manufacture of graphite electrodes, tooling and fixtures, is celebrating 50 years in business by investing £400,000 in automation at its machining facility in the West Midlands.

This year marks half a century of trading for the family-owned firm, whichis looking to the future with the purchase of an automated pallet loading system to work in co-ordination with its existing high-speed machining centres.As a result of the investment, the company expects to maximise efficiencies and output within a high-volume area of the business; creating capacity without the need to layer-in additional shift patterns.In addition, the alignment of existing machining capacity with automation provides Erodex with a portfolio that it has previously been unable to offer customers, therefore creating new business opportunities.

The company’s state of the art machining facility in Wednesbury has been established for over 35 years, enabling Erodex to machine its wide variety of graphite grades into highly complex components for a range of industries.

Steve Rolinson, director at Erodex Group, says:“Further investment in our machining facility represents the next stage of business evolution. Since the mid-1980s, the Erodex Group has enabled customers to benefit from the capabilities of our ISO9001-accredited graphite machining facility, which is widely regarded as the best graphite machining facility in Europe.Continued planned investment as part of our continuous improvement programme – including in automation – means we’re well placed to capitalise on market opportunities moving forward and further reinforces our position as UK leaders in the design and manufacture of graphite electrodes, tooling and fixtures for the aerospace and IGT sectors.”
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