Wire manufacturer upgrades machinery with £200k investment

The firms factory in Brierley Hill, Dudley

Alloy Wire International (AWI) has recently upgraded its machinery with a £200,000 investment to increase production capacity and anticipate a £2m boost in sales.

AWI, known for manufacturing nickel alloy wire, bars, and wire rope has installed two single-hole blocks, a 3-hole dry drawing machine, and a 4-spindle spooler. The equipment is now fully operational at AWI’s manufacturing facility in Dudley.

These upgrades allow AWI to shorten lead times and handle larger orders for clients in the automotive, aerospace, defence, oil and gas, and medical sectors.

Additionally, AWI has improved its tensile testing machinery to speed up pre-job trials and improve customer support throughout the firm’s projects.

Andrew Du Plessis, technical director of Alloy Wire International, said: “We had our best April on record for outgoing orders and the pipeline of activity shows no sign of things slowing down. The decision was made last year to embark on a £500,000 investment drive and these latest installations are an important part of this strategy. Each one has been tailored to suit our specific production requirements and to have them operating on the shop floor is great to see.

“Our success is all about making sure we are ahead of the competition when it comes to manufacturing agility, quality and delivery performance. The latter already sees us produce wire in three weeks, nobody else can do that. This investment reinforces this capability, as well as giving us nearly £2m of additional capacity to work with.”

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