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Charging ahead on EVs

07 Jan 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Coventry-based Sarginsons Industries has won the contract to develop revolutionary charging points for electric vehicles – which could turbo boost the take up of greener cars.

The company, which traditionally supplies aluminium castings to a range of sectors including automotive and energy, is diversifying its business after becoming the sole supplier to Char.gy.

First electric vehicle contract

07 Jan 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Metal contact and precision stampings specialist Samuel Taylor Limited (STL) has secured a significant contract to support vehicle electrification, a first for the Redditch manufacturer.

STL manufactures precision stamped components and assemblies, specialising in the bonding of bi-metals within the development of battery busbar technology. Developing this technology for electric vehicles represents an area of significant potential growth for the company.

Hard duty for F-35 coating

06 Jan 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Hardide’s specialised aerospace ‘A’ surface coating has been chosen for use on components for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.

Following extensive testing, Hardide-A coating has been approved for use on drag chute components for the F-35A CTOL (conventional take-off and landing) variant being manufactured by Lockheed Martin. For these specific components, Hardide-A is being used in place of HVOF (high velocity oxy-fuel) thermal spray coatings.

Right ingredients for plastic parts

06 Jan 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Reliable barfeeders and low frequency chip management have helped Plastic Turned Parts (PTP) doubled turnover in the past four years.

In that time it has invested over £750,000 in six new CNC turning centres. Of the six new machines, five were supplied by Citizen Machinery – four Cincom sliding-head lathes and most recently a Miyano fixed-head model.

Spring acquisition

06 Jan 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Lesjöfors AB has acquired Northampton-based Metrol Springs Ltd, a manufacturer of tooling gas springs, special purpose gas springs and a wide range of standardised.

The company also offers linear actuators and a range of industrial hardware. 

A large proportion of its sales are via catalogue and it serves a diversified customer base in the UK, Europe, the US, and Asia, including industrial and automotive customers. 40% of its £7m annual revenue comes from exports.