24-hour aerospace machining

18 Feb 2019

Engineering capacity news posted by Andy Sandford

Middlesex Aerospace is investing in 5-axis multi-tasking machines and a horizontal machining centre with an expanded tool storage system that will allow 24-hour unmanned operation.

The machines represent a seven-figure investment and will be supplied by Yamazaki Mazak.

Middlesex Aerospace supplies critical components and assemblies to major OEMs throughout the global aerospace market. The Basingstoke-based business currently employs 150 staff, including five apprentices, and the new investment will lead to the creation of further roles within its machining and assembly department.

The new equipment will not only reinforce Middlesex Aerospace’s existing in-house precision machining capabilities, but the increased capacity of the new machines will allow the company to further develop its offering to customers. It will now be able to operate lights-out un-manned manufacturing, 24-hours a day throughout the entire week; dramatically improving production volumes.

Laurence Foulds, Managing Director at Middlesex Aerospace, comments: “Our latest investment in machinery is one of the company’s most significant to date, and will allow us to support a number of new customers and programmes, as we continue to grow the business.

“Mazak has been our long-term machining partner for two decades. The work we undertake for our customers places a great demand on our equipment, and we know that Mazak machine tools – as well as the company’s Applications Engineering team – ensure we are able to deliver the incredibly high levels of accuracy and repeatability mandated by the aerospace sector.”



Photo caption 1: (L-R) Laurence Foulds, Managing Director at Middlesex Aerospace and Jason Butler, General Sales Manager – Midlands & Southern Region at Yamazaki Mazak.