A British-built Unison Breeze all-electric tube bending machine will soon be assisting Milltek Sport Ltd, a manufacturer of performance exhaust systems, in exhaust prototyping and development work at Germany’s world-famous Nürburgring racetrack.
Derbyshire-based Milltek invested in its first Unison Breeze machine, a 76 mm (maximum tube diameter) capability single-stack model, almost 10 years ago. A second Unison Breeze machine, an 80 mm multi-stack tube bender, followed in 2017.
The latest Unison Breeze machine to be purchased by Milltek – an 80 mm single-stack model – will be located at Milltek Sport GmbH, the company’s recently opened €1.5m development and testing centre in Nürburg. It will be used for exhaust system research and development, small production runs for some of the world’s leading high-performance cars, and custom tube manipulation work for several race teams.
As Milltek uses only highly robust T304L stainless steel for its exhaust products, the all-electric Breeze’s ability to successfully complete tight bends in thin-wall tube down to 1D radius, as required for many of today’s high-performance exhaust systems, was a key factor in the purchase decision.
“Investing in this 80 mm Unison Breeze machine will allow us to further expand the capabilities we have on site in Germany, as well as better cater to the growing demand for 80 mm diameter performance exhaust products,” says Milltek Sport’s managing director, Steve Pound. “Whereas, up to now, we’ve sent CAD designs from our German facility to our HQ in Derbyshire for prototyping, we’ll soon be able to design, prototype, trial and then complete batch and small production runs on site at the Nürburgring.”
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