Machine tool specialist Bruderer unveiled a new world first stamping press at the MACH 2014 Exhibition in Birmingham this week.
The company, which employs 12 people at sites in Birmingham and Luton, showcased its BSTA 280-75B2 to visitors at the NEC, and presented it to customer Harwin, who will take ownership of it at the conclusion of the event at its Portsmouth facility.
Bruderer, which received £500,000 for the machine, also confirmed it now plans to hit the £4m annual turnover mark for the first time in its 43-year history.
Bruderer’s machine is able to combine two operations into one, with engineer snow able to undertake press tool development and high=speed production on the same machine.
This enables customers to have complete flexibility without reducing capacity and will be suitable for firms supplying precision components to sectors such as automotive, aerospace and renewables.
Andreas Fischer, chief executive officer of Bruderer AG, said MACH is a major event for the firm due to amassing global machinery manufacturers all under one roof.
“To be able to showcase a world first and gain such fantastic exposure can only be good for the business and I know we’ve taken 20 leads already…some of whom are from overseas, including Russia and India,” he said.
Harwin chairman Damon de Laszlo added: “This new technology removes the need for a separate development press, as we can put new tools through at the lowest stroke rate and at full press capacity – allowing us to identify any issues before flicking a switch on full production.”