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New wire EDMs provide the spark for subcontractor

| Editor: Briggette Jaya

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UK - Investing in new machinery for the sake of a larger workspace can be a false economy. A UK toolmaker claims that his new machines offer the best of both worlds: more space and increased productivity.

Carving your own niche in the subcontract manufacturing sector is difficult - there is always a company snapping at the heels offering the same service. This isn't the case for Poole-based Multispark, a subcontract manufacturer to the oil & gas, satellite and F1 sectors.

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The second generation family-owned business has been working in the wire EDM and spark erosion sector since its inception in 1969. As Multispark Director Dave Sheldon confirms: "We have decades of expertise. We don't offer subcontract turning or milling, everything is EDM and this alone puts us in a niche market position. Our expertise and the capabilities of our plant list of 19 machines that includes eight wire EDM, nine spark eroders and two hole burning machines enables us to cut anything from steel, copper and brass through to graphite and aerospace grade alloys such as titanium and PCD."

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