Rapid progress for Scottish subcontractor

A new name in Scottish subcontracting has continued its upwards trajectory and expanded its machining capacity through further investment in machine tools from Yamazaki Mazak. Aberdeen-based 247 Machining Services (247) was founded by husband-and-wife director team, John and Aileen Forrest, in 2018 after 30 years working in the steel fabrication and engineering sector. The company specialises in providing performance-critical parts for the oil and gas industry, and traditionally produces low-volume, high-value batches of components.

Having previously purchased multiple Mazak Quick Turn turning centres over the company’s three-year history, including a QT-Compact 200M and two QT-350MY machines, the Forrests have now invested in an Integrex i-400 five-axis multi-tasking machine to increase its production capabilities.

“The quality machining offered by our existing QT turning centres meant that when we were looking to expand our portfolio further, Mazak was our first choice,” says John Forrest. “We wanted to make the move into high-volume, high-quality batch machining for the oil and gas sector, and look at branching into additional industries in the future, and the Integrex fitted the bill.”

With a maximum machining diameter of 658 mm, and capable of processing in the X, Z, Y and W axes, the new Integrex is suited to 247’s ambitions to produce a wider range of more complex parts.

“Our combination of highly trained operators and cutting-edge machine tools, of which Mazak makes up the majority, have been key parts of our continued growth,” says Aileen Forrest. “These, alongside a rigorous quality control process, has meant we’ve been able to go from an empty floor to a situation where our current premises may not be large enough to service growing demand levels.”

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