Thursday, June 22nd, 2017
The report, Growing the Automotive Supply Chain – Local Vehicle Content Analysis, shows that 44% of all components used by UK carmakers now come from domestic suppliers, compared with 41% in 2015 when the study was last carried out.
In 2011, local vehicle content stood at 36%, which itself was an improvement following years of decline in UK automotive manufacturing.
Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “The domestic supply chain is the backbone of UK Automotive and its health is crucial to the success of the whole sector.
“While it is good news that British cars are becoming more British and re-shoring efforts are enjoying success, the process takes considerable time.
“To grow our supply chain further, the long-term competitiveness of the UK must be maintained.
Wednesday, June 14th, 2017
Production at the Market Overton factory in Rutland has seen around £1 million invested over the last five years. Said Director Dan Munday: “We used MACH 2016 as the final decider and ordered the Citizen Cincom L32-VIII with removable guide bush which was installed in July. Such has been the success of the machine that we are now planning for a second because we are concerned we could run out of capacity.”
Since July, new contracts have been won that they could never have dreamed of producing before increasing not only profitability, but also throughput, with cycles now being clocked two-thirds faster than before. For example one part taking 50 plus seconds on a fixed head machine is now produced in just 17 secs.
Monday, May 15th, 2017
Said Managing Director Jonathan Newis: “For us, the development of LFV has transformed our turn-milling operations so we can now confidently progress the business and operate the Citizen bar machine from pressing the start button rather than having to continually interrupt the cycle to clear troublesome birds nesting of plastics swarf.”
Mr Newis describes LFV as being especially effective on deep hole drilling and said: “We have totally eliminated any clogging of drill flutes. Previously we often had to set the machines with two or even three drills due to swarfing problems but we can now go straight to depth with a single tool and the flutes are completely clean.”
Thursday, March 2nd, 2017
With Geoff Bryant relinquishing his role as managing director to Edward James, who joined Citizen in 2012, Darren Wilkins now becomes Deputy Managing Director with sole responsibility for sales and marketing and Jon Hart is now Finance and Administration Director. Mr Bryant will continue as business advisor to the new team.
Said Mr James: “This is an exciting time to establish the future progression of the business based on the cultivation of the new management team by Mr Bryant with full support from Japan.”
Said Mr Wilkins: “Over the past few years we have been progressively developing our team of key people so as to enable a smooth buy cymbalta online no prescription succession with a shared responsibility covering finance, sales, technical support and involvement in product development.”
Mr Bryant who has recently been appointed President of the Manufacturing Technologies Association for the next two years, remains a director of Citizen UK’s sister company, Hestika France until March 2018 when Mr Wilkins will also take on this responsibility. Mr Wilkins is also a director of Citizen Macchine Italia, the Group’s Italian operation and will be expanding the European sales operation.
Citizen Machinery UK employs 48 people and has recently expanded its sales team to support the growth in the range of machines available and technology involved as well as the expanding customer base. The sales team is able to enhance its customer contact having a more compact area to cover. In addition, Adrian Pearce has been promoted to Financial Manager under Jon Hart.
Monday, February 6th, 2017
This dilemma was overcome by Warren Gray when he took over the day- to-day running of his father’s subcontract machinist company Machined Component Systems (MCS) when ‘Quality First’ was his, without question, the door-to-door regime. Indeed, this decision has paid-off with the recent renewal of a long term contract to supply 22 different water pump components which will help take the turnover from £2.5 to £3 million for the 36 people business and initiated the investment in the latest Miyano BNE-51MSY turn-mill centre.
Said Mr Gray: “It’s our view that quality should never be an issue for debate in production and we also strictly apply it to procedures involving our suppliers as well.” He outlines as a prime example the most recent installation of the Citizen Machinery UK supplied Miyano BNE-51MSY in the machine shop which has 30 CNC machines in Redditch. Here, the extensive selection procedure involving a turnkey application based proposal followed by full acceptance trials has resulted in a highly successful installation that has proven to maintain consistent production through both day and unmanned night shifts.
Friday, December 16th, 2016
The state-of-the-art Miyano ABX-64SYY (now wholly owned by Citzen) is a welcome addition to the extensive line up of CNC machines at WEC Machining’s 33,000 sq. ft. purpose built facility in Blackburn, Lancashire.
It also works in tandem with the division’s existing 7 axis Citizen Sliding Head Lathe with 4 metre bar feed and up to 32mm diameter.
With the ability to machine simultaneously at the left and right spindles using the upper and lower turrets, both featuring a Y-axis function, the top of the range machine can complete front and back machining of products with complex shapes in a short space of time.
Thursday, December 8th, 2016
The Citizen Jimtof theme was focused on new technology with 15 Cincom/ Miyano prototype and production models to include integrated LFV, laser, cheapest price cymbalta 60 mg skyving and multi-cell technology to support the demand for more efficient machining processes and production of components from near shaped material. Jimtof has really helped the launch of the LFV technology and the market reaction grows from strength to strength with orders being placed Worldwide. LFV has been an immediate success with 40% of current L20 orders including LFV technology. The L series of machines has proved to be most popular with many large orders being placed during the Jimtof period.
Friday, November 11th, 2016
Said Managing Director Geoff Bryant: “Waldmann is based about a mile from our offices in Bushey and is already a supplier to Citizen for its machine lighting. The company had taken a stand at MACH 2016 at the NEC in April when I recognised the name as I walked past. This coincided with our plans to upgrade our air conditioning and lighting at our headquarters and led to quotations and order placement very soon cheap cymbalta prescription after the show.”
Thursday, October 27th, 2016
The new machining development was demonstrated on the latest Citizen Cincom L20-VIII CNC sliding head turn/mill centre, is fully programmable and can be applied to processes including turning, facing, drilling and even thread cutting operations.
The patented process of Low Frequency Vibration cutting (LFV) took some three years to develop and was amongst the latest concepts unveiled and demonstrated to the 3,000 visitors from around the world at last year’s CFA85 Innovative Manufacturing Event staged at Citizen’s Japanese headquarters. This technology has also been recently demonstrated this autumn by Citizen at AMB in Stuttgart and BiMu in Milan where high levels of interest in the potential for its application were shown by visitors.
Tuesday, October 25th, 2016
As a result of the event, over £2 million of machine tool future investment orders were placed by visitors to the Bushey headquarters with some travelling from as far away as Scotland and Ireland and internationally from Denmark, Sweden, Germany and Portugal.
Said Sales Director Darren Wilkins: “We have often demonstrated how new machine tool technology reduces non-cutting time. However, this was the first time we have radically broken new ground in changing the machining process and the cutting of material. It has certainly created interest with us taking orders for machines with integrated LFV technology due for delivery in January and considerable longer term pre-order intent.”
Visitors were also able to view live demonstrations on some of their own components being manufactured on the latest Cincom L20-VIII using ‘programmable’ LFV technology to control chip removal on materials that are normally challenging to manage even with high buy generic cymbalta canada pressure coolant. Said Mr Wilkins: “Most visitors were able to appreciate the opportunity to remove or reduce the need for high pressure coolant as well as the potential advantage to increase productivity and reduce the cost of expensive consumable tooling.”
Added Mr Wilkins: “Many sliding head users immediately recognised the advantage of LFV in greatly improving the removal of swarf from the machining area and its help to reduce downtime as a result of damaged or worn tooling. As the vast majority of our customers run Citizen machines unattended they therefore welcomed the opportunity to extend their production capability and were enthusiastic over the ability to switch, as required, to suit the application between the ‘programmable’ chip control development and a conventional non-LFV machine.”
Luke Dealhoy of Gedore Torque drew the top prize of an Orange mountain bike fitted with high specification Hope equipment produced on both Citizen and Miyano machines installed in its factory in Bartnoldswick, Lancs. To qualify for the draw Mr Dealhoy remembered to bring along his token from his visit in April to the Citizen stand during MACH 2016 at the NEC. Meanwhile, Simon Lilley of S. Lilley & Son is now the proud owner of a new Citizen Eco Drive watch from the visitors card draw at the event.
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