Climbing the aerospace and defence supply chain

Posted on 6 Aug 2020 by Jonny Williamson

Targeting opportunities with the major aerospace primes has seen a Lancashire manufacturer invest £1.2m into cutting-edge CNC technologies.

TGM has just completed its first parts for a MoD contract on its recently installed Zimmermann FZ33 compact milling machine.

This investment will provide the business with additional capability to take on more than £2m of new work annually, as well as allowing it to tender for work on larger structural assemblies.

Director at TGM, Sarah Stephens, commented: “Traditionally, we have provided three, four and five-axis machined components to aerospace Tier 1s and this is still a core market, but we now have the technology, processes and skills in place to work directly with the primes.”

Thanks to this additional technology, the business is aiming to double sales from £3m to £6m over the next two years.

Climbing the aerospace and defence supply chain

TGM, which became part of the £43m Aero Services Global (AS.G) Group in 2016, specialises in the machining of both hard and soft metals, producing components and sub-assemblies for customers supplying Airbus and BAE Systems.

Continued investment in processes, upgrading operational efficiencies and upskilling of its workforce has helped it achieve world class manufacturing (99.85%) and delivery (99.16%) performance and the Bronze SC21 award for the third successive year.

The company’s core engineering skills have also been further boosted by the introduction of CATIA V5 CAD design packages and inspection software to ensure a total end-to-end solution for the customer.

Stephens added: “The first package of work for the Zimmermann is worth £1.4m to our business over two years and is the type of contract we are now looking to secure.

“It’s all about positioning TGM as a strategic critical partner to the primes and ensuring we can add value at every part of the process. This wouldn’t have been possible three years ago, but a combination of the investment, industry approvals and a track record of quality and delivery has paved the way.

“Covid-19 has brought its own challenges, but we feel we are in a good position to come through the pandemic and proactively establish our new position in the supply chain.”

*All images courtesy of TGM