Cooper Brown Enterprises Ltd. (CBE Ltd.), the parent company of BG Engineering, NiTEC, Pentag Gears and Spire Laboratories is now known as CBE+, with the individual divisions rebranded as CBE+ Precision; CBE+ Electroless Nickel, CBE+ Gears, CBE+ Beam Pumps and CBE+ Laboratories, respectively.

To mark the rebrand and to be able to showcase the investment to customers and business contacts, CBE+ held an open day at its factory at Holmewood, Chesterfield, which was attended by over 75 delegates from the aerospace, defence and general manufacturing sector.

The morning session involved 25 members of the NDI (Northern Defence Industries), who were able to learn more about CBE+ Precision’s expertise in the aerospace and defence sector and its achievement of the AS9100 accreditation. This was followed by members of Made in Yorkshire and Made in the Midlands, which champion engineering and manufacturing in their respective regions, attending a lunch and tour of the three new factory areas and the new laboratory for testing metal coatings. Finally, from 3pm onwards, CBE invited its own special guests, including customers, the Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield and council leaders, for a factory tour.

Marie Cooper, Group CEO, explained: “Since becoming accredited to AS9100 for our precision engineering business, we have experienced strong demand from customers for other services within the group. We recognised the benefits of having a single brand, so we can more easily demonstrate the complementary capabilities that we can offer to the supply chain. Our aim is to become a multi-disciplinary supplier to many industries including the aerospace & defence, energy and renewable sectors. The Open Day also gave us the opportunity to reveal our exciting ‘Vision for the future’, whilst enabling delegates to see the investment we have made here.”

She continued: “We have moved our manufacturing businesses onto one site at Enterprise Drive in Holmewood, Chesterfield and this has meant a significant investment in acquiring equipment and technology, implementing a new factory layout, refurbishing the offices, manufacturing facility and conference room, plus build a brand new laboratory for testing, validation and certification for the plating industry. We are also investing in a new aerospace plating line, which we expect to be completed by the end of 2019.”