Presswork specialist manufactures record 1.5bn components

Independent stamping and presswork specialist, Brandauer, produced more than 1.5 billion components last year – the best performance in its 156-year history.


Presswork Specialist - The company’s ‘What is a Micron?’ film puts the size into context against a backdrop of processes, machinery and manufacturing skill – image courtesy of Brandauer.
The company’s ‘What is a Micron?’ film puts the size into context against a backdrop of processes, machinery and manufacturing skill – image courtesy of Brandauer.

Birmingham-based Brandauer employs more than 60 people at its cutting-edge factory in Birmingham, and the components it produced last year were accurate to a tolerance of 20 microns.

The presswork specialist has invested heavily in high speed press technology, a wire edm cell and the skills of its workforce to help it grow the number of small and technical parts it produces by more than 10%, equating to over £1m in sales.

According to the business, customers are typically looking to purchase electrical steel laminations that are used in engines for electric cars, in aerospace projects and innovative renewables technology.

Brandauer has just launched a new video called ‘What is a Micron’ to capitalise on this trend

Brandauer’s Graham Allison explained: “A human hair is 50 microns thick so that gives you an idea of the parameters we are working towards.

“Increasingly, our customers are taking on more technical projects and these require small parts, often in very difficult materials to process, such as 316, 304, 301 stainless steel and many non-ferrous materials like brass and a variety of copper alloys.”

He continued: “We are perfectly set up to handle these and we have already secured two new contracts already in 2018.”

‘What is a Micron?’ film is set in the heart of Brandauer’s 45,000 sqft facility in the West Midlands and uses machining engineer Steve Clorley to put the size into context against a backdrop of processes, machinery and manufacturing skill.

The four-minute video takes the viewer through the importance of producing to exact tolerances, some of the materials involved and the end applications. It also features a digital animation of the tooling process.

Brandauer will be showcasing its EloPin® press-fit technology at Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2018 (Feb 6-8), which allows the solderless connection of terminal pins to a PCB.

Allison added: “The aim is to produce millions of components every year for customers involved in automotive electronics and those looking for increased efficiency and robustness in interconnects.”