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Spring manufacturer doubles capacity with new coating line
European Springs & Pressings, one of the largest suspension spring manufacturers in Europe, has confirmed its position and commitment to the automotive sector with the recent purchase of a large-scale powder coating line.
Doubling throughput, improving quality, enhancing efficiencies and capable of managing a wider spectrum of spring sizes, the acquisition is a further investment in the spring manufacturers future.
Michael Gibbs, managing director of European Springs & Pressings, said: “Our parent company, Lesjofors, has invested millions across our Cornwall operations in recent years and this is testament to the hard work of our team and the quality of our product lines. Bucking the widely broadcast reservation in investment, their response to our customer’s demands has seen our company turnover grow from £19m to £23m in the last two years.
“The old powder coat line ran at approximately 800 springs per hour. The new line is currently running at 1,200 per hour and has the future capacity to run at 1,600 per hour. So, we’re looking at a 50% increase in production now, with the potential to achieve 100% in the future.”
Additionally, new software and touch screen systems are being installed to further enhance the control, efficiency and productivity of the new line, alongside new digital response units which monitor and enhance the powder coverage across the spring units.
Gibbs concluded: “Efficiencies at the plant have been increased by 30% and despite today’s political uncertainty, our faith in UK manufacturing is certain.”