Customer Stories

Smooth growth

From the humble beginnings of a small machine shop set up by one man in his spare evenings, Altec Engineering has steadily grown alongside its customer base to become a one-stop-shop for precision engineering. Founded in 1978 by Ron Waite MBE, a technician at Durham University, Altec Engineering started off with just a lathe, pedestal drill and milling machine in a small abattoir in Coxhoe, just south of Durham. Fast forward nearly 40 years, and after an MBO and significant capital injection, as well as a £6m investment from the Business Growth Fund, Altec Engineering now turns over £15.5m and employs nearly 200 people, making it a true manufacturing force to be reckoned with.

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True Precision

A continued investment in both people and machines is making Truturn Precision Engineering into the subcontractor to watch in the South West. “We’ve grown from very humble beginnings,” says Bob Wilkins, General Manager at Truturn Precision Engineering, “and we’ve a strong strategy going forward.” Mr Wilkins is confident about the Truturn business, in part because he has overseen significant investment in recent years that has laid the groundwork for future growth.

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Express invests in the future with new Mazak machine

Express Oil and Gas has made a bold statement of confidence in the future with further investment at its Gateshead facility. The Team Valley-based company has acquired an additional Mazak INTEGREX i-400 multi-tasking machine tool which will form part of a new manufacturing cell producing valve components for the oil and gas sector. The new machine will combine the operations of two existing machines into a single process, offering an immediate and significant production improvement.

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Mazak joins Nuclear AMRC as Tier One Member

Yamazaki Mazak has joined the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC) as a Tier One member and is providing an ORBITEC 20 machine tool for the Centre’s state-of-the-art research centre. The membership, which includes representation on the Board, will enable Mazak to make a major contribution to the Nuclear AMRC’s machining research and development capabilities, in particular the development of new machining practices and processes for the production of large and complex components, typically used in the power generation and oil and gas sectors. The Nuclear AMRC is led by the University of Sheffield with support from the University of Manchester, and has partnerships with a number of leading suppliers to the power generation sector including Rolls-Royce, Areva, Westinghouse, Sheffield Forgemasters and Tata Steel.

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