SevenHills Fabrication, part of the Steetley Corner Group of companies, has expanded its production to include bespoke tube-bending through inward investment.
SevenHillls, which can trace its history back to 1926, has invested £60,000 in a state-of-the-art electric tube-bending machine to broaden its offer and complement its established design, consultancy and fabrication services which includes laser cutting and welding specialisms.
The new facility is part of a wider investment programme for the Sheffield company as it gears up for industry 4.0 automation and data exchange across its manufacturing technologies to address future growth.
Managing director of SevenHills, James Harding-Terry, said: “The installation of a tube-bending machine not only adds significantly to our ability to function as a one-stop-shop for fabrication projects, it is an important stage in the company’s transition to industry 4.0 which is essential for future-proofing the business.
“It is a highly flexible piece of equipment with a range from 10mm up to 90mm external diameter tube and allows for bending complex tube geometries within seconds of programming.
“As we look to expand our operations and build on consistent growth patterns, we are not only dedicated to training apprentices in cutting edge manufacturing and fabrication technologies, we are complementing those skills sets with the next generation of machinery which will become a standard for British manufacture.”
As standard, the AMOB NDH series electric tube-bending machine comes with a hydraulic mandrel extractor, hydraulic clamp and pressure die and can be used to fabricate a wide variety of products ranging from hand-rails to complex, bespoke geometric shapes.
SevenHills has demonstrated 31 per cent year-on-year growth with a turnover of 2.5 million GBP and will see investment reach one million GBP over the past two years. This contributes to Steetley Corner Group’s 6.6 million GBP turnover, growing at 23 per cent.
James Harding-Terry added: “The increasing investment will see us install more new machinery including a Bystronic press-brake and a Panasonic robot-welder before the end of the year and this follows the commissioning of a £550,000 GBP Laser cutter less than two years ago.
“Although there is a lot of business uncertainty around at the moment due to Brexit, investment cannot stand still and UK businesses like ours need to be ready to compete at the highest level, which means using the best resources.”
Steetley Corner Group incorporates IT consultancy company, Acuma Technology, towbar specialist PCT Automotive and SevenHills Fabrication, based at Sheffield’s Holbrook Industrial Estate.