Brandauer, which recently secured a Queen’s Award for International Trade, has spent £600,000 on a Yamada Dobby NXT 80XL as part of a three-year plan to boost its capacity and provide additional production flexibility.

The state-of-the-art technology gives it patented repeatability on quality and a 100% reduction in press setting time that frees up manufacturing space to take on new contract wins in the plumbing sector, automotive motor laminations and fuel cells.

It is the first machine it has purchased from the Japanese-based press specialist and it tops off a £2m modernisation of its Birmingham facility that has also included a new GF wire cut EDM machine, 2 Andmar surface grinders and an OGP Smartscope Vantage 250 to help with quality inspection.

Don Walters, operations manager at Brandauer, commented: “We first came across the press at Blechexpo and were impressed with what we saw in terms of its speed, the repeatable quality and how user friendly it appeared.”

He continued: “Our visit to its showroom in Italy gave us the chance to see the Yamada in all of its glory and we worked with its experts to configure the machine so it delivers the accuracy and performance we were looking to achieve.”