Presses firm anticipates £1m in orders after investment

TAPPING into the expertise and capabilities of a specialist press supplier has helped a Dudley manufacturer secure a string of new automotive wins.

Press tooling specialist Moseley Brothers has invested more than £500,000 in the purchase of two large Chin Fong presses that will help it increase its capacity, speed and ability to take on orders for more complex components.

The company purchased the machines from Stourbridge-based Worcester Presses, which has configured the presses to the company’s own requirements.

The presses are already producing various pressed components for several leading car manufacturers and the firm anticipates that more than £1m of orders can be fulfilled every year.

John Hickman, managing director of Moseley Brothers, said: “We moved to our new site in Dudley last year, as part of a £2.5m investment and recognised the need to update our press capability.  Our relationship with Worcester goes back more than a decade, so we invited their technical team in to discuss our requirements and then present the best possible solution to meet those needs.

“This has already reaped dividends with new contracts secured to supply larger automotive components. With our pipeline of presswork orders set to grow by 20% in the next 12 months, the increased speed and capacity we now boast is essential.”

The Moseley Brothers investment has contributed to a record year for Worcester Presses, with turnover doubling to £2.8m in just twelve months.

Russell Hartill, sales director at Worcester Presses, said: “Companies come to us because of the quality of the presses we supply. They also like our ability to tailor equipment to suit their specific requirements (and) maintenance and servicing packages so that equipment remains effective.”