Explains managing director Gordon Drysdale: “We ran very successful monthly seminars at our Technology Centre near Milton Keynes supported by ROMI and tooling and workholding suppliers.
“These seminars enabled engineers to see the whole manufacturing process from design through to the manufacture of the finished part. We outgrew that location. We are now moving the Technology Centre to Barnsley, which will bring us together in one location so that customers can see our full range of services and meet all the SolidCAM UK team in a new and much bigger environment.”
Business has doubled since the move to the new Barnsley office and it is anticipated that the Technology Centre will result in a further 50% growth in business over the next 12-18 months.
The aim of the Technology Centre is for customers to understand the complete manufacturing process. SolidCAM UK has developed some close partnerships with machine tool manufacturers, workholding suppliers and tooling suppliers. With the new Technology Centre, it will be able to build on these partnerships to develop and test new techniques for optimising machining productivity.
This will be the third SolidCAM Technology Centre in Europe – the company already has centres in Germany and the Czech Republic.
Adds Drysdale: “We are excited about the new Technology Centre and the opportunities it will deliver in technology transfer, partnership development and new business. The strength of SolidCAM UK lies in the skilled and dedicated engineers we employ. We now need more people of the same calibre to prepare us for growth.”