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Firm taking delivery of £1OOk machinery

Published on 19/11/2019

A TELFORD manufacturing specialist has invested another £100,000 into increasing its capacity to target new opportunities in electroni and precision engineering.

Advanced Chemical Etching (A.C.E), which employs 60 people at its base on Hortonwood, is taking delivery of an additional post cleaning machine in the next few weeks that will give it the capability to de- liver more than 2,000 etched sheets every day – a major rise from the 350 it could produce in 2018.

The firm’s expertise is in demand from customers looking to manufacture precision components within a two-week lead time and to exacting tolerances that can also withstand harsh environments.

It is already working with clients who are making parts for use in consumer electronics, oil filtration systems, car dashboards, mobile phones and marine applications.

We had spent £500,000 earlier this year on upgrading our facility in Telford and have pressed the button on further investment to help us continue to win new work, said Ian Whateley, managing director of A.C.E.

The pre and post cleaning machines we installed have made us so much quicker and we have also added new auto loaders on to the lines to aid our move to ‘lights-out manufacturing’ in some parts of production.
This allows us to compete with UK and international rivals and gives us the flexibility we need to scale volumes up quickly when required.

Electronics and precision engineering, which predominantly uses copper alloys, has potential for us as our prototyping expertise and ability to deliver numerous iterations can be a vital service in the early stage of a product lifecycle.

A.C.E specialises in the development of prototype components, pre-production and volume fulfilment to customers in aerospace, automotive, electronics, medical, telecoms and renewables. The scope of its activities is far and wide and can include anything from safety critical components for aircraft and F1 cars to meshes and electronic connectors and even frames for designer glasses.

Article apeared on Shropshire Star
Report by James Pugh

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