STL sales manager Carl Siviter says: “The business has a track record of making investments to ensure that we remain globally competitive. This mindset led us to invest in a new forming machine, complete with tapping, feeder and automatic controls. We’ve also purchased an additional 80-ton Chin Fong press, with the benefit that it could also be used for development work and, if needed, further short-term production capacity. We operate in a global marketplace with a diverse customer base, and this level of investment will provide both extra manufacturing capacity and flexibility, as some new projects move forward into mass production.”

Recently, STL became one of the first manufacturers in the UK to achieve the ISO 45001 accreditation, which not only demonstrates the company’s ongoing commitment to maintaining a world class, safe working environment, but extends to improving quality and operational efficiency.

Siviter adds: “The additional production capacity needs better and faster QA tools to maximise payback on the investment, hence why we’ve moved to invest in our first Keyence image dimension measuring system. We can now perform high-precision measurements, automatically record data and generate reports at the push of a button. This improves our quality assurance and enormously enhances our in-house inspection capabilities and efficiency, as QA inspection times have been dramatically reduced”.

Strategically, the investments also ensure that STL is well positioned for further diversification into new markets, such as automotive, electric vehicles, battery development and hydrogen trains.

STL manufactures custom-made electrical contacts using the latest technologies in bi-metal bonding, precision stamping and assembly, supported by in-house design and tool-making teams.