Machine shop takes spending to £1m

A precision machining specialist has taken its CNC machine spending to £1m with the installation of a fourth machine in just two years.

Muller Holdings, which employs 130 people across its four sites in the West Midlands and South Wales, has purchased a Nakumura NTY3-150 from the Engineering Technology Group (ETG) to help it meet increases in automotive work and free-up capacity for new contracts.
The company will use the three-turret, twin-spindle machine with 3 m barfeed to reduce the cycle time of a new suspension part by 30-40%.
“This is the fourth Nakamura we have purchased from ETG, equating to over £1m of investment in the latest CNC technology to help us continue supplying our global customer base with precision parts,” explains managing director Adam Cunningham. “All of the machines have been very reliable and offer excellent cutting performance. The latest one has three turrets and twin spindles that allow us to overlap a number of secondary ops, making the overall process quicker. This approach has now been adopted for other parts and is proving very successful in helping us win new business both at home and abroad.
“The Japanese Nakamura machines are very reliable and we have a good relationship with ETG’s servicing and maintenance team to ensure that downtime is minimised, and any repairs are quickly addressed,” he adds.
Muller Holdings has recently secured the IATF 16949 quality accreditation, putting it in position to not only retain existing automotive work, but explore additional contracts, starting with £300,000 of new orders with Wabco and THK Germany.
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