Auto industry demand boosts Worcester press sales

worcesterThe mechanical and hydraulic press provider Worcester Presses is aiming to mark 65 years of manufacturing in Stourbridge by hitting £1.75m annual sales in 2014, helped by capital investment by the automotive industry which has generated demand for its machines.

Worcester Presses, which employs eight people at its Titan Works factory, says it has enjoyed a surge in demand, with strong growth in sectors, including automotive, aerospace and building products.

More than 26 presses – ranging in size from 3 to 3000 tonnes – were sold in the UK last year and this has seen turnover increase to over £1.5m, creating a job for the firm’s first apprentice in more than two decades. And in April, Worcester will unveil a new 60 tonne press with quick die change and touch screen control.

The firm’s Russell Hartill said Worcester’s  product range had evolved to remain competitive. “This has included the strategic relationships we’ve forged with Chin Fong and Yeh Chiun to supply their power presses and hydraulic presses in the UK,” he added.

“We are still manufacturing machines from our factory and also offering a full refurbishment and repair service and one of the most comprehensive spares stocks in the UK.”

Charles Higgins, who has been involved in the business for more than 30 years, said:

“The current high level of investment in the automotive industry has generated a real demand for our machines from this sector, as the tier 1s and tier 2s are looking to really ramp up production to cope with OEM demands.”

Copyright Ken Hurst 2014

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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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