Copper specialist increases manufacturing capacity

Wolverhampton-based Metelec is continuing its growth trajectory in added value manufacturing by committing to a further circa £400,000 on the cutting-edge machines that will increase its capacity and productivity.

Recently, the business took delivery of an EHRT compact punching machine from Germany. This effectively doubles capacity and complements the single punch EHRT with 10 tool holders that was installed in 2021.

The new machine features three built-in multi-head tools, minimising tool changeover times, with the ability, through software, to integrate manufacturing design management and production scheduling with the existing EHRT machine.

The EHRT is the first of three machine investments. At the end of May, Metelec take delivery of a Cosen G320 bandsaw, which will replace an 11-year-old Cosen C320, providing greater efficiency and productivity. Finally, in June, the company will install an Amada EG-4010 electric press brake machine from Japan that will increase the speed and range of products the manufacturer can offer.

The Amada EG-4010 features Industry 4.0 capabilities and offers rapid cycle times and high productivity. There are also energy-saving benefits as the machine’s operation is entirely electric rather than hydraulic.

The Cosen G320 bandsaw, meanwhile, has carbide blades and is programmable for up to 100 jobs, improving accuracy and volume.

Steve Dove, operations director at Metelec, said: “We are investing in our business and our team. A thorough training process is underway to ensure that our people have a solid understanding of these new machines before they arrive. This includes four days of training at Amada’s Kidderminster base for our technical operative and technical supervisor.

“We are delighted to reveal our continued commitment to investment and growth with the purchase of these three industry-leading machines. There is huge potential for growth in copper, particularly around electric charging infrastructure and data management,” he added. “Investments such as these will help to ensure we lead the way in the production of switchgear components and kits of parts for years to come.

Metelec is one of the UK and Ireland’s leading specialist manufacturers of busbars and a distributor of copper bar, copper profiles and copper components. It is the UK logistics arm of Gindre Duchavany, the largest manufacturer of copper extruded bars in Europe.

The business recently re-located to a new modern office and distribution centre at Hilton Cross Business Park in Wolverhampton.




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