Bromford Iron & Steel invests £50,000 to fuel growth

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Hot rolled flats, sections and custom profiles producer Bromford Iron & Steel has announced the second wave of continued investment in its facility at West Bromwich.

As part of a decade-long commitment, Bromford has invested in an image-measuring machine to replace old “shadow graph” technology. The machine has been fully programmed by the in-house Bromford technical team and has now gone live on the production line.

Bromford has also invested in a new condition monitoring system within its cogging mill. The system has already contributed to increased uptime. The firm has undergone radical development since its acquisition by the OSSL Group in 2014.

Explains operations director Andrew Rich: “These investments will deliver positive results across the board. Image measuring technologies will improve product quality, reduce customer waiting time and so drive better service and enable us to increase productivity. Our condition monitoring capabilities will reduce down time and our exposure to the associated risks.”

Adds OSSL Group founding director Peter Davies: “UK manufacturing has learnt the hard way that if we don’t invest in our industries, they die. But there are strong technologies available that can deliver a host of benefits and return a competitive edge to UK steel manufacturing. This must be based in offering the very best product and service to the customer. But UK manufacturers must also look to leapfrog existing levels of automation and technology and move directly to next generation processes. These will form the platform of improved competitiveness for growth.”