Moseley Bros drives to Worcester for pressing £500,000 investment

Posted on 16 Mar 2016 by Jonny Williamson

Tapping into the expertise and capabilities of a specialist press supplier has helped Dudley manufacturer, Moseley Brothers secure a string of new automotive wins.

Leading press tooling and production specialist, Moseley Brothers has invested more than £500,000 into the purchase of two large Chin Fong presses that will help it increase its capacity, speed and ability to take on orders for more complex components.

L to R: John Hickman, managing director (Moseley Brothers) & Russell Hartill, sales director (Worcester Presses).
L to R: John Hickman, managing director (Moseley Brothers) & Russell Hartill, sales director (Worcester Presses).

The company purchased the machines from Stourbridge-based Worcester Presses, who were able to specially configure the machines with bespoke guards, a large press bed and seamless integration into the existing Tomac coil handling line.

Moseley Brothers is already producing various pressed components for several leading car manufacturers and it is anticipated that more than £1m of orders can be fulfilled every year on the 500 and 400 tonne presses.

Managing director, John Hickman explained: “We moved to our new site in Dudley last year, as part of a £2.5m investment and recognised the need to update our press capability.

“Our relationship with Worcester goes back more than a decade, so we invited their technical team in to discuss our requirements and then present the best possible solution to meet those needs.”

He continued: “The answer was two state-of-the-art Chin Fong presses, one a GTX-500 tonne and the other, a GTX-400. Both are straight-side double-crank presses, which have given us a significant increase in shut height (to 1,000 mm) and bed width (3,200 mm).

“This has already reaped dividends with new contracts secured to supply larger automotive components. With our pipeline of presswork orders set to grow by 20% in the next 12 months, the increased speed and capacity we now boast is essential.”

The Moseley Brothers investment has contributed to a record year for Worcester Presses, with turnover doubling to £2.8m in just twelve months.

At the heart of this growth is a commitment to delivering outstanding customer service and access to one of the largest ranges of mechanical and hydraulic presses and coil handling equipment in the UK.

Sales Director at Worcester Presses, Russell Hartill commented: “Companies come to us because of the quality of the presses we supply, whether they are our own, Chin Fong or Yeh Chiun.

Established in 1949, Worcester Presses will be on Stand 4564 at MACH 2016, as part of The Metalforming Machinery Makers Association’s (MMMA) Metalworking Village.

“They also like our ability to tailor equipment to suit their specific requirements and our attention to detail when it comes to installation and training staff to get the most out of their investment.

“We can also put in place preventative maintenance and servicing packages, so that equipment remains as effective as when it is first purchased and, in this particular instance, we offer Moseley Brothers 24-hour breakdown cover to ensure any downtime is minimised.”