£4m factory investment set to create new jobs
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Materials supplier and supply chain services provider thyssenkrupp Materials UK has invested £4 million in a new fabrications facility in the West Midlands and plans further investment in the latest cutting technologies.
In October last year, the new factory became fully operational despite the challenges, posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, it has been producing custom aluminium and stainless steel products as well as cut-to-size aluminium extrusions. The site currently runs on one shift with around 30 employees.
The fabrications facility was originally opened to strengthen the company’s presence in the construction and architecture market and to elevate the “Materials-as-a-Service” proposition, which thyssenkrupp Materials Services, the holding company of thyssenkrupp Materials UK, offers to its customers. Therefore, thyssenkrupp Materials UK has partnered with an innovative balcony systems specialist and has been able to deliver an eight-fold improvement in the time and resource it takes to get their products into the right locations. This became possible due to the company’s in-house engineering expertise and the technology investments, integrated into the new fabrications facility.
Billy Kingsbury, COO at thyssenkrupp Materials UK, explains: “The vision for the fabrications site has always been focused on quality and sustainability, hence the investment in technology has been paramount in our success in creating such an efficient environment. While renovating the facility, we made the strategic decision to build a paperless factory. This has been achieved through digitally-led stock management and drawings production, as well as real-time product traceability, all of which gives us an important competitive advantage in the manufacturing industry.”
To echo the vision, the new state-of-the-art facility operates an effective, efficient quality management system, meeting the requirements of ISO 9001. The company also holds ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 industry standards. What is more, as a leading materials supplier, thyssenkrupp Materials UK only uses the highest quality material, sourced from approved manufacturers and selected, approved suppliers. Services that are available onsite include CNC machining, cutting, punching, drilling, welding and assembly as well as anodising, powder coating and painting. The new site allows products and parts to be manufactured precisely to specification in a variety of shapes and sizes, offering lengths up to 7.3m long and making thyssenkrupp Materials UK one of the most versatile fabricators in the market.
The Cradley Heath site is the company’s 3rd site in the West Midlands, allowing to create a strong presence in the region. This presence also allows the local community to receive support from a global company, as thyssenkrupp Materials UK aligns the global corporate social responsibility initiatives on a local level. A recent example includes thyssenkrupp’s global campaign in support of children around the world. Because of its strong presence in the West Midlands, thyssenkrupp Materials UK partnered with the local Acorn’s Children Hospice to provide new experiences for children in their care.
“Being present in the community is also important to us”, said Billy Kingsbury. “We would like to give back and show our gratitude for everything that the community is providing us with in terms of outstanding talent, high quality engineering and manufacturing expertise and guidance from the local authorities”.