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Worcester Presses Anniversary and sales milestone

| Editor: Steffen Donath

Celebrating the 10 year anniversary and hitting a sales milestone came together for Worcester Presses in the UK. The company is a supplier of hydraulic presses.

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(l-r) Danny Wheldon (P.A.B. Coventry), Russell Hartill (Worcester Presses) and Mark Brazier (P.A.B. Coventry)
(l-r) Danny Wheldon (P.A.B. Coventry), Russell Hartill (Worcester Presses) and Mark Brazier (P.A.B. Coventry)
(Source: Worcester Presses)

Worcester Presses, which employs 14 people at its works in Dudley, has recently installed its 50th hydraulic press into P.A.B. (Coventry) to help it cope with an increase in orders from the automotive and aerospace sector. The sheet metal and prototype experts have taken a Yeh Chiun 300 tonne H-Frame hydraulic press that is capable of delivering the precision accuracy crucial in producing pressings and metal grills that will be used in supercars and a host of Aston Martin models.

This latest install marks Worcester Presses’ best ever year of hydraulic press sales, with this type of machine now accounting for 20 % of the firm’s 2.2m pound turnover.

“There is a distinct lack of domestic specialists in this area of press expertise and we are really benefitting from our decision to invest in our growing range,” explained Russell Hartill, Director of Worcester Presses. “Whilst many of our competitors have stopped trading, we have thrived by offering customers access to a range of C-Frame and H-Frame models, varying from 20 tonnes right up to 2000 tonnes. This is backed up by our ability to customise machines to suit specific applications, a comprehensive service package and the biggest stockholding of spares for this equipment in the country.”

He continued: “Hydraulic presses offer great versatility and are suitable for low, medium and high volume production, especially components that are used in assembly and those that are deep drawn. The technology has come on a lot since we first sold them in the UK, with many of our presses featuring touch screen controls, improved programme memory and another major benefit is the remote access facility, where our service department can directly interrogate the control system as required for off-site support.”

P.A.B. (Coventry) is a perfect example of a company that really plays to the strength of the hydraulic press, producing a range of complex parts for the automotive and aerospace sectors — two of the most demanding markets around.

Mark Brazier, CEO of P.A.B. (Coventry), added his support: “The YCT-300 Worcester hydraulic press is a great addition to our capability and is directly involved in added value work we complete for a number of car manufacturers and some sub-frame components for aerospace.”

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