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Family-run R & A Engineering has been on an upward growth trajectory in recent years with success powered by investment in the latest manufacturing technology. Machinery editor Justin Burns went to Aylesbury to find out more

Subcontract manufacturers that are flexible, move with the times, work in new emerging sectors with a diversified portfolio, while continuously investing in the latest manufacturing technology, will more than likely be a success.

Aylesbury-based R & A Engineering is doing just that and is embracing opportunities that exist in renewable energy and electrification, while it also works across a range of other sectors like water purification, electronics, x-ray equipment, medical, defence, motorsport, and others.

The precision engineering firm was established in 1985 and in 2014, relocated to its current 10,000 square foot facility, enabling it to meet its future growth targets and to expand its machine tool capabilities, where it now has a team of 18 employees.

R & A specialises in precision machined components using CNC milling and turning, machining all materials from ferrous and non-ferrous (aluminium, stainless and mild steels) and all types of plastic. It can supply prototypes, small batch work and high production volumes.

Operations manager Ed Piotrowski, formerly worked at Renishaw for three years, before in 2019 he rejoined the family business with Managing Director Richard Piotrowski and Director Alison Piotrowski, who set up nearly four decades ago.

He explains: “We can turn our hands to anything and that is one of our biggest strengths. Industries tend to ebb and flow a bit, so when one drops off a bit, another picks up and we have a diversified portfolio.”

As for how business has been, Ed notes: “Last year, we had the best year we have ever had although it went a bit quiet in December. This year, it is picking up, but there is definitely a bit of uncertainty and lack of confidence in the market.

"This is a bit different, as in the last two years we were so busy and having to turn down work as it was falling through the door but this year, it seems like you might need to take what business you can get.”

He notes that some of R & A’s bigger clients have gone a bit quiet this year, but on a positive note, it does provide the subcontractor with the opportunity to broaden its client base and win new customers across different sectors.

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