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SPE announces multi-million-pound investment & expansion plans

Staffordshire Precision Engineering (SPE) has launched its new business venture, Eclipse AM, through expansion at its manufacturing base in Newcastle under Lyme.  This multi-million pound investment capitalises on one of the most forward thinking manufacturing bases in the UK. 

Staffordshire Precision Engineering, a family run business started by professional footballer Stan Smith over 30 years ago has grown into a leading innovator within Staffordshire in CNC manufacturing employing 52 people with plans through its additive manufacturing to invest in 10 more employees over the next 12 months.

Investing and expanding with Additive Manufacturing – pictured are Simon Scott, Phil Smith & Lee Sambrook / Picture: SPE


Through the ongoing investment and expansion by his sons Gary and Phil Smith, additive manufacturing or better referenced as 3d manufacturing was the next step for this award winning company.

Phil, Gary and Simon have seen a gap in the market place to support companies who need the complex solutions provided by specialised additive manufacturing but do not have the capacity to install their own machinery.

This partnership will give an option for national and international companies within all industries to access additive manufacturing through Eclipse AM providing end to end engineering.

Director, Phil Smith said: “This company has always been a forward-thinking company. When 3D printing was first introduced it was largely unknown and ignored, but we jumped at the chance when we were given the opportunity to create this great new company alongside Simon Scott.

“Adopting additive manufacturing as a process within our business makes complete sense and is a move which will give Staffordshire Precision a competitive edge against other additive manufacturing suppliers.”

The launch was attended by over 80 manufacturers and industry experts who want to embrace 3D additive manufacturing in their product production. There were key note speakers including Staffordshire Precision, Simon Scott, Professor C Sutcliffe, a leading authority on AM Mechanical, Materials and Aero Space Engineering, Renishaw, WWT and Mazak.