Showcasing subcontractors


A host of subcontract metalcutting, metalforming, laser cutting and fabrication service companies will be on show at Southern Manufacturing. 

HSM Aero concentrates on CNC turning, milling and fabrication for the defence and aerospace industries, and DJJ Precision provides comparable services plus broaching, honing and grinding of steels, brass, bronze, aluminium and engineering plastics. 

Rowan Precision, Mintdale Engineering and Northern Cam offer a similar service and so does Elder Engineering, which also converts and distributes high performance tapes, with or without adhesive, plus sponge and rubber products in partnership with Saint Gobain Performance Plastics and Green Belting. Perfect Bore is known for gun drilling, deep hole boring, turning, honing and grinding, including of high nickel content alloys used in the renewable energy sector.

Metal Polishing Engineers provides a variety of services encompassing electropolishing, pickling, passivation, mechanical polishing and bead blasting. The most noticeable effect is the bright and decorative appearance of the processed component, but the metallurgical benefits are even more beneficial, as the material is hygienically pure and highly corrosion resistant. 

MMP Electrovibe UK specialises in polishing and surface finishing of stainless steel. Twickenham Plating Group delivers technical plating services typically for electronics, telecommunication, aerospace, automotive and military applications, including selective gold plating, reel to reel plating and barrel/vat/rack plating. Other finishes include silver, palladium, nickel, palladium/nickel, tin and zinc/cobalt.

Over the years, the show has been a magnet for firms offering toolmaking and plastic injection moulding services and this year is no exception. WSM Industries will stress its prowess in technical polymers for replacement metal components using materials such as plastics V0-rated for flame retardancy and low toxicity. It serves demanding industries such as aerospace, medical, marine, transport and water. MGS Technical Plastics also has a wealth of experience in the sector, moulding and assembling PEEK, engineering and sustainable polymers, as well as most commodity materials, for customers in the automotive industry, aerospace, electronics, consumer, oil and gas, defence and vehicle accessories.

An extensive variety of plastic parts will be exhibited by Rutland Plastics to illustrate different aspects of injection moulding, including gas-assisted moulding and the electrofusion method of joining plastic pipes, together with numerous examples of different thermoplastics and their applications across different sectors. Parts range from 1 g to 45 kg and up to 1.5 metres in size. With VW Group, Microsoft, GSK, Aston Martin and Bentley approvals, Plastic Products International is another leading injection moulding specialist. So also is S&S Plastics, which operates 25 machines ranging from 7 to 550 tonnes.

In the realm of subcontract sheet metalworking, there will be strength in depth at the show. Pegasus Profiles will promote its recently installed 22 kW fibre laser cutting facility, along with flame and water jet cutting. Easton Sheet Metal will present a similar service plus CNC punching and forming. Fife Fabrications is another industry partner for sheet metalwork as well as for electromechanical assemblies and precision machined components. Wood plc, another established Scottish subcontract manufacturer of sheet metal components, will focus visitors' attention on its track record of supplying welded fabrications and assemblies to the automotive, oil and gas, nuclear and packaging sectors. 

BIZ Engineering will promote its fine-limit sheet metal working capabilities. The company's expertise spans metalforming, tube and pipe bending and forming, MIG and TIG welding and fabrication, CNC laser cutting, punching and assembly. Materials processed are predominantly mild and stainless steels and aluminium. Adar Industries is involved in the production of metal stamped parts from stainless and carbon steels, copper, aluminium, brass and bronze. LL Potters will promote the sheet metal fabrication services it provides from 33,000 sq ft premises in the Thames Valley.

PRV Engineering combines sheet and plate machining services with pressworking, CNC machining, toolmaking, deep hole drilling, shotblasting, electroplating, painting and powder coating. Falcon Precision also supplies sheet metal and CNC machined components, particularly to the electronics, medical, defence, automotive and communications sectors. Grenville Engineering is another precision sheet metal fabricator that will be familiar to many in the business.

Other notable subcontract and contract manufacturers exhibiting at the show include Advanced Chemical Etching, Barlow Sheet Metal, Broanmain Plastics, Convert,  DRN Engineering, European Springs & Pressings, ICEE Managed Services, MRT Castings and PRV Engineering.