Dawson Shanahan invests as export demand continues to drive growth

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Dawson Shanahan, a leading specialist in precision cold forming, is continuing to expand its UK engineering facilities' capabilities, with the installation of a new Mazak CNC machining centre and high volume degreasing system for component preparation, handling and finishing.

These represent part of an ongoing programme of investment and expansion that underpins Dawson Shanahan's long-term goal of growing organically by at least 15% year on year. Key to this growth is the company's export business to Europe, North America and the Far East, which currently accounts for around 85% of all orders. Joint managing director Les Reeve, explains : "We have been extremely successful in winning orders for precision cold formed components from a variety of industry sectors, including automotive, power connectors and medical, in recent months. Much of this new business has come from customers in North America, for whom we ship parts to manufacturing plants around the world. This continued demand means that we need to expand our production capacity at both our principal engineering centre in Potters Bar, as well as our satellite operation in Welshpool." The new Mazak horizontal machining centrs is designed to ensure high levels of precision and repeatability, and will be used both for finishing cold formed components and for the manufacture of conventionally engineered parts. The new high volume degreasing system will extend Dawson Shanahan's existing part preparation and cleaning lines, enabling the company to improve throughput speeds.