UK aerospace manufacturer lands new $1m US contract

Posted on 15 Sep 2017 by Jonny Williamson

One of Coventry’s leading aerospace precision component manufacturers, Arrowsmith Engineering is flying high after securing a $1m order from the US.

UK aerospace manufacturer - Jason Aldridge (Arrowsmith Engineering) with Michelle Connor (Manufacturing Growth Programme).
Jason Aldridge (Arrowsmith Engineering) with Michelle Connor (Manufacturing Growth Programme).

Arrowsmith Engineering, which employs 60 people at its recently extended facility in Bayton Road, is manufacturing a production part for airplane engines that fly millions of miles every year.

Backed by support from the Manufacturing Growth Programme, the company now expects to double annual sales to £7m by 2020 after reportedly impressing customers with world-class quality and ‘right first time’ performance.

It has also just been awarded the Silver SC21 award, making it one of a select group of firms across the UK to achieve this supply chain standard.

Managing Director of Arrowsmith Engineering, Jason Aldridge explained: “Our client base is the who’s who of the aerospace sector and the only way we get to supply into these type of businesses is by offering precision components and on time delivery…in fact, the latter is at 98% for the last year.

“This was a key factor in us winning the new order and will take the business to a whole new level. We’ve had to employ 12 new people to cope with the increased demand, including three interns, two new apprentices, a quality engineer and six machinists.”

He continued: “SC21 is a significant award in our sector and for us to secure Silver is a fantastic achievement and one that will safeguard and, hopefully, win us new work. It’s a very difficult standard to attain and we really benefitted from the expertise and support of MGP in refining our systems.”

Arrowsmith Engineering is a specialist in precision turning, milling, thread rolling and grinding, providing components in titanium, nimonics, stainless steel, exotic metal and engineering plastics.

The company has been working with the Manufacturing Growth Programme since October last year, first with the SC21 application and then, more recently, in a gap analysis for the new AS9100D aerospace quality standard. There has also been assistance given in developing a long-term strategy and how to make the most of international opportunities.

This year saw the completion of Arrowsmith Engineering’s new factory extension.This included a new build office block to house 18 staff, break-out room, canteen and dedicated meeting space, not to mention 3,500 sqft of extra production space and the installation of advanced measurement equipment and NDT degreaser.