Our investment in new machinery

  • 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.”

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By Andrew Male 07 Nov, 2017
As a manufacturer of products used globally for a variety of different industries, we were very proud to be involved with the Black Country LEP's Made in the Black Country Showcase Exhibition at Parliament on the 1st November.

Joining forces with Ian Austin MP for Dudley North, the event at the Houses of Parliament, showcased goods manufactured in the Black Country and sold across the world, and saw 39 MPs, 2 Lords, 53 company representatives and 150 other visitors attend.

In addition to Techniswage, other companies showcased included Kirkpatrick in Walsall - the only remaining traditional black ironmongery in the UK and Rimstock, a leading manufacturer of alloy wheels in West Bromwich.

Visitors on the day also saw a demonstration of HVM City: The Opportunity Gateway, a new online portal for the region, which allows companies to register tender opportunities as well as companies and individuals being able to access tender opportunities. 

The event was a fantastic way to showcase the vast skilled manufacturing companies the Black Country has to offer. Of the 455,400 people working in the Black Country, 103,725 of these people work in high value manufacturing jobs across 7,656 high value manufacturing businesses. This makes the Black Country one of the UK's leading supply chain centres within the automotive and aerospace sectors. At Techniswage, we are proud to be one of these businesses.

Discussing the showcase exhibition, Boris Johnson MP, Foreign Secretary said: “I spent part of my early working career in Wolverhampton and I remember all the traditional industries in the Black Country so it’s fantastic to see so many businesses in advanced manufacturing such as aerospace, automotive, digital media and film production. I am impressed by the new industries, new businesses and new investment in the Black Country.”

His comments were echoed by Ian Austin MP for Dudley North, who said: “Manufacturing is a really important part of the Black Country’s heritage but I want to show that hi-tech manufacturing, science and technology has a bright future in the region too. I want people in London to understand that we are bringing new industries and new jobs to the area to strengthen the local economy and boost prosperity. That’s why I’m delighted to be able to organise this event in Parliament again this year, where our brilliant local producers and manufacturers can show off their work to MPs from across the country.”
By Andrew Male 27 Oct, 2017

Techniswage were recently approached by Andy Knight Ltd. to assist them in realising an ambitious window display project for a luxury fashion brand.

The brief was to produce a large volume of giant sewing needles which would be used to symbolise the perils of the everyday. The Hermes products would act as a shield and deflect the grey aura of the harsh elements. They also serve to juxtapose, thus highlight, the intricate detailing of the individually screen-printed scarf designs . 

Take a look a the images to see how this fascinating project came to life!

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.

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