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£0.5m deal delivers a world first in press manufacturing


BRUDERER UK, which employs 11 people at its plant in Craddock Road, will supply a high-performance automatic stamping press to electronic component specialist Harwin to help it to increase efficiency and secure new opportunities in aerospace, instrumentation and industrial markets.
The company has built on a 30-year relationship with the Portsmouth firm to secure the order for the new BSTA 280-75 machine, which includes a new servo feeder and revolutionary new gearbox.
Its capabilities will allow Harwin’s engineers to develop new tools while maintaining full production.
BRUDERER UK managing director Adrian Haller pictured left said: “This is a really exciting project and we are delighted to bring new machine technology to the UK, which will help a forward-looking manufacturer expand and create jobs.”
The new press has been produced by BRUDERER’s parent company in Switzerland after nmonths of discussions with Harwin’s engineers.
The deal could prove to be the catalyst for a record year for the Luton firm, with the management team keen to build on sales of £3 million this year. Its investment in a range of new presses coincides with greater confidence in the manufacturing sector, with automotive, aerospace, electronics and medical all benefitting from increased funding towards capital machinery.
Harwin says the press will play a central role in its developent of new connectors.
Operations director Paul McGuinness right said: “This new technology basically removes the need for a separate development press, as we can put new tools through at the lowest stroke rate and at full press capacity – allowing us to identify any issues before flicking a switch on full production.”
BRUDERER plans to unveil the new press, feeder and gearbox to a global audience at the MACH 2014 exhibition in Birmingham in April.

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