A group made up of manufacturing firms from the Midlands will unveil more than £1.5 million of new technologies at the forthcoming MACH 2012 event.
The Midlands Assembly Network (MAN) – a collective of ten manufacturers in mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering – is using the show, which runs from from April 16 to 20 at the NEC, to display recent investment in new machinery and processes that will improve speed, quality and capacity.
Precision components supplier Brandauer is the biggest spender after investing £750,000 in two new high-speed fully automated Bruderer power presses.
It represents the largest single investment in the company’s history, with the new machines able to produce two billion parts ever year – opening up £2.5 million in potential new sales.
The BSTA 510-125B2 will actually be on display at Bruderer’s stand at MACH before being transported to Brandauer’s Newtown factory for installation ready for the start of production in May.
Barkley Plastics, which specialises in design, tool making and injection moulding, is also eyeing expansion after it channeled nearly £450,000 into the purchase of a new Hurco VMX64T CNC machine and a Battenfeld Microsystem 50, which will give the firm a high-precision, micro injection moulding facility.
Together, the investments will help strengthen its presence in its core markets of automotive, construction products and white goods, not to mention an exciting new project in alternative energy.
Gerry Dunne, chairman of MAN, said: “MACH 2012 is one of our most important exhibitions and this is reflected in the major announcements we are making as a group.”