Sheffield laser cutting firm meets order surge for ventilator parts

A family-run metal cutting firm based in Sheffield is producing new ventilator parts with the support of a funding package from HSBC UK.

Charles Day, established in 1977, provides flame, plasma, waterjet, and laser cutting services for a range of sectors, including nuclear, oil and gas, rail and road transportation, and medical.

With the backing of HSBC UK’s commercial loan, the business has strengthened its financial resilience, ensuring it has the capital to meet a surge of new orders for ventilator components from UK-based manufactures and to insulate itself from changes in the market.

The specialist fabrication business, which has remained operational throughout lockdown, usually produces a broad range of metal products dependant on the customers’ needs, from industrial blanks or finished products.

However, Charles Day is now working with ventilator manufacturers on several working prototypes, producing the intricate baseplates that form the frame of the machines.

In addition, the business has also started producing antimicrobial copper door panels for workplaces, utilising copper’s natural antimicrobial properties that kill viruses in a matter of hours as opposed to days on other materials, contributing to keeping work environments safe for those returning to work.

Charlie Day, sales and business development director at the company, said: “We’re a third-generation family business. With all that experience comes the understanding that resilience, particularly financial, will allow us to react quickly to a fluctuating market. The funding from HSBC UK has given us this ability and the confidence to meet the demand for completely new and constantly changing prototype products in a very short period of time.”

David Leonard, relationship director for corporate banking, South and East Yorkshire, HSBC UK, added: “We’re proud to be supporting such a dynamic Sheffield manufacturer as it joins the national effort in defeating Covid-19. Providing Charles Day with this funding will enable the additional capacity needed for the business to meet the complex requirements of its clients and protect jobs.”

Charles Day offers multiple metal cutting services and has evolved into one of the largest and most diverse profile cutting companies in the UK. It has cut profiles for use on bridges, buildings, sculptures, and the medical profession. From heavy engineering to intricately detailed architecture and decor, it handles design and drawing through to delivery. The business currently employs 49 people.


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