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Alucast Surpasses £10 Million Sales Mark with £2 Million Investment Boost

by Anna

Alucast Ltd, a prominent aluminium foundry in the UK, has surpassed £10 million in sales following a £2 million investment drive. The company, based in Wednesbury, has expanded its workforce by 20%, employing over 120 people. The recent funding has facilitated the commissioning of six CNCs, a HDTD low-pressure machine, and enhancements to its ‘new core’ capabilities.

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The highlight of the investment is the acquisition of an 800-tonne LK high-pressure die-casting machine, enabling the production of high-integrity parts through a fully automated cell. This advancement reduces component handling, enhancing competitiveness in international markets. Alucast has already secured a new export contract worth £1.2 million.

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John Swift, CEO of Alucast, emphasized the company’s strategic approach in navigating economic challenges and seizing opportunities in automotive, electrification, and hydraulic components. The significant investment drive reflects increased demand for Alucast’s casting expertise and machining capabilities, providing added value services for blue-chip tier 1 suppliers and vehicle manufacturers.

Alucast is a founding member of the Manufacturing Assembly Network (MAN), a collective of sub-contractors and an engineering design agency. The MANifesto, launched by the group, outlines pillars of Investment, People, International Trade, and Sustainability & Net Zero to drive global competitiveness. The MAN is calling on the government to support growth by offering tailored assistance and removing bureaucratic barriers.

Martin Haynes, Managing Director of Alucast, stressed the need for government support to encourage investment in new technology and personnel. With increased capacity resulting from recent capital investment, Alucast aims to focus on value-added services such as heat treatment, Non-Destructive Testing (NDT), and casting simulation.

The Manufacturing Assembly Network consists of Alucast, Brandauer, Grove Design, James Lister & Sons, KimberMills International, Muller Holdings, Nemco, and PP Control & Automation. Together, the group boasts annual sales exceeding £100 million, employing over 1000 people and exporting products to over 50 countries from more than 20 factories. The group collaborates to promote UK manufacturing and encourages collaboration and best practice sharing.

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