Blum shows it has the measure of UK manufacturing

Industry’s quest for greater accuracy and real-time data has helped an East Staffordshire measurement specialist pass the £500,000 sales mark for the first time.


Today, the company delivers its machines to some of the world’s largest aerospace primes, car manufacturers and a host of CNC machine tool suppliers - image courtesy of Blum.
The company delivers its machines to some of the world’s largest aerospace primes, car manufacturers and a host of CNC machine tool suppliers – image courtesy of Blum.

Blum-Novotest, which works across the automotive, aerospace, medical and machine tool sectors, and launched a UK subsidiary in 2000.

The target this year is for another 20% growth, with the company set to build on the early success of its DIGILOG touch probe systems by officially launching LC50 – its latest laser control technology.

This new innovation has been described as “the world’s most advanced laser measuring system” and will reportedly deliver up to a 60% reduction in the time taken to check and measure parts within a CNC machine.

Managing director of Blum-Novotest Limited, David Mold explained: “We are finding that a lot of our customers are increasingly looking to source measurement solutions that are quick, can perform on complex components and, importantly, can be fitted to the inside of a machine tool for real time data and the best possible accuracy.”

“This is exactly what we do with our range of products that start from a simple tool setting probe and go right through to workpiece probes, roughness and bore gauges and the new DIGILOG touch probes that are proving extremely popular.

Blum-Novotest is one of the global leaders in production metrology, employing 534 people and turning over £77m across its 16 subsidiaries.

Its UK operation was started almost 20 years ago by David Mold and originally started life in a small office in Lichfield.

As the firm’s reputation grew in aerospace and automotive, sales started to increase rapidly and a move to bespoke offices and a cutting-edge demonstration room in Burton-upon-Trent followed in 2015.

Today, the company delivers its machines to some of the world’s largest aerospace primes, car manufacturers and a host of CNC machine tool suppliers.

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