Black Country manufacturing specialist Alucast has pushed aside the uncertainty of Brexit to complete a major £2.25m investment drive. It has upgraded its casting capability and opened a new 7,000 sq ft machine shop to support the growing demand of its automotive customer base for lightweight, complex components.
The independent aluminium foundry can now call upon 20 CNC machines at any one time, five of which are five-axis models, providing bed sides up to 630mm. The investment provides a 30% increase in capacity to support £3m of new lightweight contracts, including, automotive, agriculture, hydraulics, oil and gas, and electric vehicles (EVs), with the ability to reduce lead times and achieve repeatable quality.
Tony Sartorius, chairman of Alucast, commented: “Whilst there are a lot of challenges to overcome in the current automotive sector, there are also still many opportunities for suppliers who can build strategic partnerships. What it gives us is complete control of the machining process, to the highest possible standard.”
Lord Carrington, who opened the facility, described the investment as “a perfect example of how the supply chain can work with car makers to get ahead of the latest technologies and help deliver lighter and more efficient vehicles.”
Find out more about Alucast at https://www.alucast.co.uk