Copper specialist grows manufacturing capacity

Metelec, based in Wolverhampton, is continuing its growth trajectory in added-value manufacturing by committing to a further circa £400,000 investment in cutting-edge machines that will increase its capacity and productivity. The company recently took delivery of an EHRT compact punching machine from Germany that effectively doubles capacity and complements the single-punch EHRT with 10 tool holders that arrived in 2021. 

The EHRT compact punching machine has three integrated multi-head tools, minimising tool changeover times with the ability to produce products in high volume. Moreover, software integrates manufacturing design management and production scheduling with the existing EHRT, which already covers Metelec’s full product range.

Metelec’s EHRT was the first of three recent machine investments. The company has since taken delivery of a Cosen G320 bandsaw, replacing an 11-year-old Cosen C320 to provide greater efficiency and productivity. In addition, June saw the arrival of an Amada EG-4010 electric press brake that increases the speed and range of products available from Metelec.

Steve Dove, operations director at Metelec, says: “We’re delighted to reveal our continued commitment to investment and growth with the purchase of these three industry-leading machines. Each offers different capabilities and benefits, but they all ultimately help to improve our quality, proficiency, precision, speed and capacity.”

Dove says there is huge potential for growth in copper, particularly around electric charging infrastructure and data management.

“Investments such as these will help ensure we lead the way in the production of switchgear components and kits of parts for years to come. Two big challenges facing the UK economy at present are growth and productivity. Here at Metelec we’re proud to be addressing both in our pursuit of manufacturing excellence.”

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