The company has announced a £1m order with Bruderer UK to secure its largest ever press that will be used to target up to £6m of new orders. The new 300 ton ZANI Motion Mater press will be installed in June with the aim of unlocking larger pressings and stampings opportunities.
Kingswinford-based Clamason Industries has enjoyed a successful two years, starting with a MBO in 2016 that has sparked 10% year-on-year growth, 20 new jobs and an estimated £30m turnover across its operations in the UK and Slovakia in 2018.
Ian Davies, sales director at Clamason Industries, said: “We have worked with Bruderer UK for more than 20 years and have been extremely impressed with the quality of the machines it provides and the service/maintenance packages it delivers.
“A number of conversations with potential customers had identified the need for a larger and faster press than the ones we already possessed, so we decided that MACH 2018 was the perfect opportunity to place the order.
“ZANI presses are renowned for their durability and performance and the 300 ton Motion Master press gives us the ability to achieve over 80 strokes per minute and take on much larger and complex components. We have also opted for the turnkey solution, which includes a state-of-the-art servo feeder and decoiling line.”
The MACH deal comes as Bruderer celebrates a half-century of business in the UK and 75 years in its native Switzerland. “We knew we were close to a deal, but never expected to secure it at the event, so this is an extra special birthday present for us,” said Adrian Haller, UK managing director at Bruderer.
“We listened to the technical team at Clamason and, through our understanding of the business and its objectives, we put together a turnkey package that not only met its requirements, but actually surpassed them.”
Bruderer, which has bases in Luton and the Black Country, is on course to turnover £5m for the first time in its history and recruit an additional three skilled sales and service engineers. As part of this recruitment drive, the company is using MACH to launch its ‘Rising Stars of Engineering’ competition, which is open to all engineers or manufacturing professionals under the age of 30.
The winners will be announced in December and as part of their prize will be sent to Bruderer’s world-class manufacturing site in Frasnacht in Switzerland.
“Our recent growth has created its own issues and we are struggling to find young people that will join our team,” said Haller. “Rather than bemoan our bad luck, we wanted to take measures into our own hands and believe this competition – along with our continued support of local technical academies - will help raise engineering’s profile as a great career choice.”