Nuaire has made its largest ever investment in its manufacturing plant, investing in a £2.2 million sheet metal processing system.
The new plant will more than double the company’s existing capacity and boast a range of new features to transform its manufacturing systems.
Nuaire annually processes 75,000 sheets of metal for use in its ventilation products, including galvanised, mild steel, aluzinc and plastic coated steel, totalling 2,200 tonnes.
Output has increased by 28 per cent in the last 18 months and this additional capacity will support the company’s continuing growth initiatives in all markets.
The two new punching machines have an integrated automatic handling line that is linked to a state of the art storage and retrieval system.
The complete facility allows the storage and retrieval of raw sheet metal blanks, delivery to the automatic punching machines, and return to the store of punched components before folding, or delivery of the components direct to the operator for immediate use.
Commenting on the investment, Nuaire manufacturing director Alun Jones said: “This investment will transform our manufacturing systems here at Nuaire.
“The new machinery will bring greater capacity, higher flexibility and lower costs, which, when combined, will allow us to offer further improvements in delivery performance and quality both to our existing and new customers.
“Quick delivery of accurately punched and folded sheet metal panels is essential in delivering the high levels of quality and on-time delivery that our customers have come to expect from Nuaire.
“Our entire manufacturing operation is focussed on achieving industry leading levels of on-time delivery performance, and exceptionally high levels of product reliability to support our trusted brand.
“By making such a significant investment at a time of such economic uncertainty, we are demonstrating our confidence in future growth while also ensuring our new processes have a positive effect on the environment.”
Business minister Edwina Hart commented: “I am delighted that through our Single Investment Fund we have been able to play a part in helping this truly innovative business expand its manufacturing plant.
“The Welsh Government recognises the strategic importance of Nuaire and its vital contribution to the regional economy.
“Nuaire is a great example of a confident Welsh business that is investing in its future now, despite the challenging economic conditions, and I wish them every success.”
The automatic segregation of scrap materials to reduce contamination and the more efficient use of each sheet will deliver lower scrap rates and higher scrap purity.
The new machines also use servo-electric technology rather than the hydraulic system used on previous machines, which means that energy is only consumed when actually processing components. Machine electricity consumption will fall from 760,000 kWh/year to 55,000 kWh/year, a reduction of over 90 per cent.
The proposed machines integrate fully with Nuaire’s manufacturing and CADCAM Systems, and include automatic dynamic nesting, which will considerably improve material utilisation.
The extended storage will allow a wider range of raw material blank sizes to be stocked increasing efficiency from 85 per cent to 90 per cent and resulting in a reduction in scrap rates.