Investment in manufacturing is on the rise following the general election, according to a UK supplier of precision stamping and forming technology.
Bosses at Bruderer UK are predicting a buoyant 2020 after it revealed a £3 million pipeline of projects that include the installation of the latest precision high-speed stamping presses and one high tonnage Zani machine for clients involved in the aerospace, automotive, construction and renewables sectors.
Managing director Adrian Haller believes a majority Government has helped to remove some of the uncertainty shrouding industry and his firm is looking to take advantage of new opportunities, creating up to five new jobs across its engineering and administrative departments in the process.
This will include significant investment in developing a number of apprentices, ensuring the young staff absorb the company culture and soak up the experience and knowledge of experienced engineers that collectively have hundreds of years’ experience in presses, servicing and maintenance.
“We move into 2020 with a very healthy order book, which reflects the positive attitude of our customers following the Election results in December,” explained Mr Haller.
“The high-speed stamping technology we have provided in the UK for over 50 years is perfectly suited to where many growth sectors are moving, meeting the client’s demand for greater production control, more versatility, repeatable quality and, importantly, speed and precision”
He added: “Electrification is a market that is due to take off after a number of stalled starts and we are currently in the process of tooling up suites of tools for major automotive suppliers in preparation for EV product launches. 2020 could well be the breakthrough year.”
Bruderer UK, which employs 14 people at its headquarters in Luton and at a satellite facility in the Black Country, enjoyed a robust 2019, shaking off economic volatility thanks to a surge in major rebuilds on existing presses.
Due to the durability of the firm’s machines, a lot of customers took softening in some markets as an opportunity to bring their reliable presses back to ‘as new’ in the form of in-depth refurbishments, so they could optimise performance in time for the upturn.
“I think 2020 will be very different, with a lot of investments coming to fruition after being stalled for months. There will be significant interest in the latest updates in technology, including Single Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED) and state-of-the-art controls that mean up to 1000 tool store operations can be accessed and applied via a single touch,” continued Adrian.
“Industry 4.0, which has been integrated into our machines for over a decade, will also be in big demand as the clamour for real-time information and customer transparency across the entire production process grows.”
He continued: “Finally, we are investing in die laser welding, vision system technology and, along with our portfolio partners, enhancements to servo roll feeders, decoiling systems and tool components for plastic and metal tools.
“Our role is to make sure we give UK manufacturing the best possible support in technology and innovation to make 2020 a great year.”
Bruderer UK, which enjoyed an extremely successful Autosport International exhibition, is setting its sights on its biggest MACH show yet (April 20th-24th), where it will be showcasing its full portfolio, together with a precision high-speed stamping line, to thousands of delegates.