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By Angus McDougall 02 Dec, 2016

Having been approached by BAE Systems to help on improving an existing design of lightening conductor guarding the carbon fibre radar dome for the fleet of Type 45’s.

Techniswage were able to fulfil their requirement through their subcontractor Lola. The brief was to reduce the diameter of a stainless steel tube in a stepped form to a smaller diameter over 2 metres in order to throw off vortexes created when the air circulated around the straight (non tapered) existing lightening conductor poles. The process was successful and all seven Destroyers were fitted out with the new system within the short window of 5 weeks whilst in dock.

By Angus McDougall 02 Dec, 2016
The AB 139 is a medium twin engine 2500kg payload Augusta Westland helicopter. Techniswage provides a key product in landing gear actuator ramrods. Hot formed using the rotary reducing process for which the company is widely known, techniswage are able to fulfil Claverham’s highly rigorous aerospace requirements on a regular/timed production schedule.
By Angus McDougall 02 Dec, 2016

The Birmingham Post (Graeme Brown, Regional Business Editor - 30.04.13) reported on the success of Techniswage in their Business pages. 

Techniswage have seen a 30% increase in revenue since helping to make the stainless steel tubes that formed the famous Olympic cauldron centrepiece.

Techniswage have invested £100,000 in new equipment as a result of the increase in orders, including production for GKN Driveline of the new Maserati variant's prop shafts.   Click here to read full article.


By Angus McDougall 20 Oct, 2015

Adding to the already diverse application of our products, we are pleased to announce our involvement in the restoration of a WD Austerity 2-10-0, 90775 steam locomotive.

The locomotive restoration centre of the North Norfolk Railway, a heritage steam railway which runs train rides along the picturesque North Norfolk coast, recently awarded us the contract to manufacture 28 boiler flue tubes needed for the restoration project.

Utilising our knowledge and expertise in tube end reduction, we reduced the ends of the 28 super heater flue tubes to enable them to fit into the boilerplate.

Explaining what was involved in this project, Managing Director Paul Fellows had to say “Using a hydraulic end former, we reduced the ends of 28 flue tubes of 4,860mm in length down from 130mm in diameter to 104mm in diameter.”

Peter Phillips from North Norfolk Railway added: “Techniswage were great, right from the beginning when discussing the technical details through to the delivery of the finished products.  It was a very quick process and I was really pleased with the end products.”

Introduced in 1943, and used during the latter years of Second World War, the WD Austerity 2-10-0, 90775 is a type of heavy freight steam locomotive with a 2-10-0 wheel arrangement.

The locomotive in question was originally sent abroad to work, but was brought back to the UK in 1984 and has been used on the North Norfolk Railway since 2003. Restoration of the locomotive began in January 2014, with the second phase of restoration involving the boiler and flue tubes, in which were involved, beginning recently.

 The complete restoration of the locomotive is expected to take up to five years to complete and is expected to cost around £250,000

By Angus McDougall 06 Jul, 2015

We are pleased to announce that we have officially expanded our range of capabilities and can now offer micro tube end forming.

By offering this new process, we will be able to further develop our customer base across new diverse market sectors.  

We have spent six months developing the micro tub end forming process and during this time we have invested in the creation of a dedicated small parts area featuring state of the art control systems on our factory floor.

Discussing this, Paul Fellows, Director at Techniswage, had to say: “Swaging is a forming operation used to reduce the outside and inside diameter of a tube. And although we have always undertaken micro forming work, which we class as working on tubes below a 3mm diameter, we have never done so in an official capacity.  Looking to the future, we can see there is growth potential with the medical, electronics and nuclear markets, and as such we made the decision to invest in a dedicated area to develop an organised, clean and efficient process which meets the exacting requirements of these market sectors.”

We are able to form micro tubes out of most metals including copper, brass, stainless or mild steel and can manipulate tubes as small as 1mm in diameter and reduce tubes to just 0.2mm in diameter using hydraulic and rotary methods.

By offering this new process, we are now able to produce component parts which can then be used in a variety of products including blood testing needles, meat probes and even throttle linkage pins for jet engines.

“We believe that having this dedicated area demonstrates our commitment to working to the highest of standards within micro tube end forming”, Paul concluded.


By Angus McDougall 04 Jun, 2015

Designed for   Dr Taylor's   bespoke elliptical country home Arragon Mooar, in the Isle of Man the ‘golf ball’ chandelier is one in a series of bespoke elliptical light fittings designed to enhance and complement the interior decor in Arragon Mooar.

Although the chandelier uses 92 tapered stainless steel tubes we were asked to manufacture 200, each 215mm in length. Produced from stainless steel the taper was required to start from a 4.04mm outside diameter x 3.28mm inside diameter and reduced to a 1mm inside diameter. The tapered stems were designed to enhance the delicacy of the light fitting whilst ensuring adequate load bearing capabilities enabling the 92 individually hand enamelled blossom flowers to be the focal point of the piece.

As well as being a beautiful piece of art, the chandelier integrates the latest lighting technology which can be integrated into an intelligent building system. It has 92 Cree XLamp MC-E LEDs to provide a dimmable high lumen output with excellent colour consistency. Each LED can be easily replaced in the unlikely event that an LED should fail. The light also makes use of a small optical source for efficient colour mixing with the ability to change the colour, tone and brightness of each individual LED.

Further information about us and our expertise in tube end forming can be sourced from our website   www.techniswage.com , but we would welcome a meeting to discuss how we could help you

By Angus McDougall 27 Apr, 2015

On Friday 24th April, we were privileged to be able to attend the official opening of Dudley Advance Engineering College along with TV’s Professor Brian Cox.

It was an honour for director, Paul Fellows and works manager, Andy Durham to be able to attend the event as Techniswage and Dudley Advance Engineering College have forged an effective working partnership over the last few years, having recruited apprentice, Kyle Botha from the college. This is a partnership that continues to develop as Techniswage continue to invest in the latest generation talent by mentoring three of the college’s current engineering students.

Talking at the official opening, physicist and presenter of BBC science programmes including the Wonders of… series, Brian Cox reflected on his time as a physics undergraduate at the University of Manchester and reminisced about his time spent machining and operating lathes.


The professor of particle physics also urged students to shoot for the stars and spoke about the tremendous shortage of engineers and scientists in the UK. Commenting on this, Brian Cox discussed how he had spoken to students around the campus and stressed how the problem does not lie with a shortage of students of the STEM subjects, but with the country’s need to provide more facilities like Dudley Advance Engineering College as the demand is obviously there.


He then went on to congratulate everybody that was involved in the opening of the college, which he described as “deeply impressive”.

See the video of the official opening below.

By Angus McDougall 18 Mar, 2015

Adding to our already impressive roster of equipment, we have recently taken delivery of a BLM AST100 CNC machine, which will enable us to continue to grow as a business.

The machine, which is capable of high end accuracy in tube forming, will be utilised to form an array of components and tube end products and comes as part of our £80,000 investment in the business.

30% of the funding for this machine was received from our win of the University of Birmingham’s Green Shoots Fund, a fund which accesses money from the Government’s multi-billion pound Regional Growth Fund designed to help small and medium sized businesses grow.

Over 160 companies applied for a share of the £1.4 million Green Shoots Fund back in February 2014 and we were delighted to be chosen as one of the recipients.

Commenting on the recent investment in the business and the equipment acquired, Director, Paul Fellows, had to say “This investment plays a significant part in our efforts to remain at the forefront of cutting edge technology and it will enable us to meet the increasingly technical demands of our customers.  The machine is capable of very high accuracy and concentricity it is accurate to within 0.2mm which is particularly important when end forming propshaft component type parts.”

Works Manager, Andy Durham, added “The machine can be programmed either as standard forming tools, or machining tools, or a combination integrating both technologies on the same tubular component. This leads to a much higher efficiency of the working process, increases accuracy and consistency, eliminates intermediate loading and unloading and reduces cycle time. Ultimately these greater efficiencies are passed on to our customers in terms of greater quality and cost savings.”

By Angus McDougall 12 Feb, 2015

We’re delighted to announce we have this month achieved Leonardo qualified supplier status.

Our status as an approved Leonardo supplier is connected with potential parts we aim to start producing later this year for the multi-national aircraft design and manufacturing company’s AW609 project.

Much like a helicopter, the AW609 is an aircraft which can move the engines from conventional forward position to upright position for vertical take-off.

Achieving Leonardo qualified supplier status represents exciting times ahead for Techniswage and our continued development in the aerospace industry.


By Angus McDougall 17 Sep, 2014

Showing how tapering can play a role in stylish and contemporary product design, we have recently produced tapered tubes for light fittings manufactured by the lighting company, Tyson Lighting.

Established in 1961, Tyson Lighting manufactures all of their products in Britain and are purveyors of bespoke decorative contract lighting. Providing lighting solutions for all kinds of applications including work spaces, High Street stores, bars and restaurants, care homes and hotels, the company have previously produced innovative lighting designs for clients such as Pizza Hut in the Trafford Centre Manchester, the Gresham London Showroom, plus various KFC and Chilli Banana restaurants.

For Tyson Lighting, we produced a stainless steel tube with a 75mm diameter taper to 40mm over 900mm. Into these tubes, Tyson have added their innovative light fittings to create a spectacular example of contemporary lighting.

At Techniswage, we are delighted to have worked with Tyson Lighting, who have been championing British craftsmanship for over 50 years from their base in Lancashire.

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By Angus McDougall 02 Dec, 2016

Having been approached by BAE Systems to help on improving an existing design of lightening conductor guarding the carbon fibre radar dome for the fleet of Type 45’s.

Techniswage were able to fulfil their requirement through their subcontractor Lola. The brief was to reduce the diameter of a stainless steel tube in a stepped form to a smaller diameter over 2 metres in order to throw off vortexes created when the air circulated around the straight (non tapered) existing lightening conductor poles. The process was successful and all seven Destroyers were fitted out with the new system within the short window of 5 weeks whilst in dock.

By Angus McDougall 02 Dec, 2016
The AB 139 is a medium twin engine 2500kg payload Augusta Westland helicopter. Techniswage provides a key product in landing gear actuator ramrods. Hot formed using the rotary reducing process for which the company is widely known, techniswage are able to fulfil Claverham’s highly rigorous aerospace requirements on a regular/timed production schedule.
By Angus McDougall 02 Dec, 2016

The Birmingham Post (Graeme Brown, Regional Business Editor - 30.04.13) reported on the success of Techniswage in their Business pages. 

Techniswage have seen a 30% increase in revenue since helping to make the stainless steel tubes that formed the famous Olympic cauldron centrepiece.

Techniswage have invested £100,000 in new equipment as a result of the increase in orders, including production for GKN Driveline of the new Maserati variant's prop shafts.   Click here to read full article.


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