Staffordshire manufacturer eyes growth

A Staffordshire engineering company has continued its investment in advanced CNC machining following a string of recent contract wins. Staffordshire Precision Engineering, based in Newcastle-under-Lyme, has purchased a VTC-800/20SR vertical travelling column five-axis machining centre from Yamazaki Mazak UK. The investment will enable the company, which turns over £3m, to move into the manufacture of larger, high-precision components for the automotive and aerospace industries, as well as the medical and scientific instrument markets.

Staffordshire Precision Components in Newcastle under lyme, Staffordshire pictured for a MAZAK case study feature.
Picture by Shaun Fellows / Shine Pix

“We’ve already won new business off the back of the purchase,” says director Gary Smith. “We can now also machine bigger parts, such as housings, to go alongside the medical and scientific instrumentation components we manufacture for existing customers, which means clients can consolidate their subcontract work into one supplier.”
Staffordshire Precision’s purchase of the VTC-800/20SR follows a successful period of expansion and investment. The company, which currently employs 49 people and runs a successful apprenticeship programme, recently moved to a new 28,000 sq ft site and created nine new jobs, with a further six likely to be added in the coming 12 months.
This investment in the VTC-800/20SR represents the fourth Mazak machine on site, the company having purchased two Quick Turn Smart 250M lathes and one Variaxis i-500 five-axis multi-tasking machining centre in 2016 as part of expansion plans.
“We like the fact that we can go to one supplier and source multiple machining solutions,” says Smith. “The two lathes were needed to service an aerospace contract, and the Variaxis has also been a huge asset. We have paired the machine with a pallet loader to increase production efficiency and it has already generated a lot of enquiries for highly complex aerospace parts.”
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