£800,000 investment paying off for Brandauer

brandeurThe precision component manufacturer Brandauer claims that a recent £800,000 investment in machinery that has already played a part in helping it manufacture £200,000 worth of progression tools for projects that range from surgical device blanks to micro-surveillance component applications for clients in the life protection sector.

The 151 year old Birmingham-based firm – a part of the Midlands Assembly Network (MAN) – installed the two GF Agie Charmilles wire EDM machines four months ago to support its strategic expansion.

Brandauer says the machines enable it to offer tolerances of one micron, while providing faster and more flexible production when making technical changes to problematic tools.

The company’s Rowan Crozier said the investment underlined Brandauer’s “desire to be a world leader in precision components”.

He continued: “These machines are very rare in the UK and are a direct response to what our existing and new customers want and expect from their suppliers.”

Brandauer, which was been assisted on the acquisition by business and tax advisors Chantrey Vellacott DFK, has been developing a complex component tooling set for use in zero emission, remote power generation that can be used as a back-up power supply in countries where regular interruptions occur.

It has now had the prototype part approved for pre-production and the firm plans to be manufacturing more than 60,000 units per month for shipment and assembly in China in late 2014. This is estimated to be worth £720,000 alone next year, with the potential to eventually surpass £1m, as volumes increase.

Copyright Ken Hurst 2014


About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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