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Erodex UK announces further £1m investment into its tooling division

GTMA members Erodex UK has announced further investment (in excess of £1 million) into its tooling division, Erodex Tooling Solutions (ETS), following continued growth in this area of the business.

The recent acquisition of a local engineering works has doubled the number of dedicated ETS staff, increasing further the firm’s already specialised skill base. The introduction of CNC machining centres, wire and die sink machines and fast hole drilling capability now enables ETS to manufacture controlled goods completely in house. This means it is able to protect its own IP as well as that of its growing number of customers.

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“As a result of our latest investments in ETS, we are now capable of offering complete development of EDM die sinking applications,” comments director Steve Rolinson. “For many years Erodex has maintained its position in the market for the design, manufacture and asset care of EDM electrodes. Thanks to the recent acquisition, ETS can now support the group with die sinking trials to ensure electrodes are performing to their full potential.

“In addition, its association with graphite manufacturers allows it to maximise the efficiency of the machine, maintaining surface finish and improved wear on the electrode. This combination keeps cost down and increases throughput, all whilst maintaining quality.”

The wealth of experience within the growing workforce, particularly within the field of EDM, has created opportunities for the firm to innovate and diversify.

Mr Rolinson adds: “Our customers have also been approaching us for a solution to an ongoing problem regarding the verification of features post process. This has led to us developing a state-of-the-art inspection machine that will transform the way these features are inspected, which we expect to be completed by the end of Q3 this year. This is an exciting opportunity for Erodex and one that is eagerly awaited by our customers.”

Building work is currently underway to transform existing offices at the firm’s Halesowen headquarters into a fully contained showroom and conference facility to host the inspection machine, enabling customers to develop and test the machine for their own production needs.