The investment in new wire eroders is driving engineering company and manufacturer of high value components, A&M EDM, towards sales of £5m in 2018.
The company has spent £400,000 purchasing and installing two Sodick ALC 600G wire eroders in response to increased demand from aerospace, automotive and motorsports customers.
The new wire eroders were commissioned by Charlotte Horobin, Regional Director Midlands & East of EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation.
Horobin said: “A&M is a shining example of an SME committed to continuous investment to create a competitive edge and the benefit of working in partnership with its LEP and local authority.”
A&M use spark and wire erosion and CNC machining capabilities to manufacture precision components and tooling for aerospace, automotive, Formula 1 and production assembly customers. A&M annually uses 25,000 miles of conductive brass wire in its 17 wire erosion machines, enough to circle the world.
A&M’s investment has created five new jobs, supported by a grant of £58,000 from Black Country LEP Growing Priority Sectors fund administered by Sandwell Council.
The manufacturer A&M employs 65 people and this investment reinforces the company as one of the UK’s largest electrical discharge machining specialists, using spark and wire erosion to cut steel and other metals with incredible precision.
Mark Wingfield, managing director of A&M said: “The Growing Priority Sectors grant was important in bridging a funding gap and enabling us to grow and create new engineering jobs.”
The purchase of these machines builds on A&M’s expenditure of over £5m in the past four years on a second factory, metrology inspection facilities, R&D rotary engine project and high-speed machining centres.
The Top 100 – changing the image and perception of manufacturing
A&M EDM’s Mark Wingfield was named as an Exemplar in The Manufacturer Top 100 2017.
All of the individuals named in this and the previous four reports were nominated for their contributions towards changing the perception of industry; helping their business find and enter new markets; making a marked investment in people, processes and customers, or for making an impact disproportionate to their years.
Do you know someone worthy of recognition? Nominations for this year’s The Manufacturer Top 100 report are open until 31 May.
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