The machine, which was one of the first to be sold by Mills in the UK,

The machine, which was one of the first to be sold by Mills in the UK, was installed in Birds Precision’s 3,000ft² facility in Nuneaton in September 2019 and is being used, predominantly to machine high-precision, complex prismatic parts for one of the company’s long-established customers based in the UK. The parts, essentially base castings and guideways for special purpose machines are made from cast iron and steel. The castings are large (1.2m long x 640mm wide) and typically weigh up to 500kg. They are machined in small batches (typically 1-offs through to 5- or 6-offs) to exacting dimensional tolerances (0.01mm) across the part and exacting surface finishes (Ra 1.6μm). Birds Precision supplies the parts direct to this customer and, according to owner and managing director, Chris Bird: “They have to be right first time – every time.” The quality, lead-time fulfilment and cost demands of this customer and others like it, were amongst the main reasons why Birds Precision invested in the Doosan DNM 6700XL. Mr Bird explains: “To maintain our preferred partner relationship with existing customers and win new business contracts with new and existing clients we made the strategic ...

UK supplier wins with light weighting deals | Automotive Industry News

Alucast, which is one of the UK’s largest independent aluminium foundries, has secured over GBP3m of new contracts from car makers keen to explore ways of reducing weight on future models. Backed by support from Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, Black Country LEP and the Black Country Growth Deal, it has opened additional facilities adjacent to its Wednesbury headquarters to cope with the expansion, giving the company an additional 7000 sq ft of dedicated machining space to work with. “The automotive industry continues to move to lighter vehicles as the car makers look at ways where they can meet emission targets and improve fuel performance,” said Tony Sartorius, chairman of Alucast. “We have been working on this approach for some time, supporting some of the world’s most prestigious OEMs to design and cast lighter components to what they’ve been using previously. “This is now paying off with GBP3m of new contracts secured in the last 12 months alone, with the promise of a lot more to come if we continue to invest in our capabilities, our design team and our rapidly growing machine shop.” He continued: “It’s grea...