Engineering collaboration uses trade show to quest new business

A COLLABORATION of world class engineering businesses from the West Midlands is looking to boost its workload by taking part in a new trade show at the National Exhibition Centre.

Micro Machining Live, which takes place at the NEC on September 25-26, is one of the showpiece events in the engineering calendar.

Barkley Plastics, Brandauer and Advanced Chemical Etching (ACE) are part of the Midlands Assembly Network. Each has decided to collaborate to offer an enhanced service to potential customers looking for solutions to complex parts and possible tool transfer services.

The trio specialise in injection mouldings, high volume precision presswork and stampings and expert prototyping. Investment in the latest technology has been a key part of the network’s attempts to stay ahead of the competition.

Aston-based Brandauer has spent £750,000 on two high speed Bruderer presses and ACE has channelled £1m into increasing capacity and the development of a new ‘world first’ etching process.

Barkley Plastics has also just installed its first micro moulding facility, which allows the company to mould components with an unparalleled accuracy.

Rowan Crozier, Sales and Marketing Director for Brandauer, said: “MM Live is a great opportunity for us to showcase exactly what we can do and I’m delighted that we are able to exhibit with ACE and Barkley Plastics to offer that complete solution.

“As both a company and a collaboration we like to achieve the ‘impossible’ on time and within budget…a combination our global customer base can’t seem to get elsewhere.”

Ian Wiles, Sales Director at ACE, added: “We work across all sectors, including automotive, aerospace, communications, electronics, medical and increasingly renewables.

“We want to talk to customers about their micro machining requirements and how we can help them improve quality, lead times and hopefully engineer out some of the cost.”