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Second Can-Eng office opened

Can-Eng Furnaces International Ltd has opened a second engineering office in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. With an initial capacity for 20 engineers, the site will focus primarily on complex automation and electrical control solutions for industrial furnace projects, with future expansion for mechanical project engineering. The site was necessitated by strong demand for reheating and heat treatment furnaces across a wide variety of market segments, including mining, energy, defence, transportation, steel and automotive, that saw record revenues achieved in 2014. The Burlington location is in close proximity to Canada’s global engineering firms and some 60km from Toronto. The company maintains its corporate, sales and design offices in Niagara Falls and has 75,000ft2 of manufacturing in both Niagara Falls and Welland, Ontario.

Maus in talks to acquire Savelli and Fritz Hansberg

Nissan is continuing its commitment to its UK manufacturing base by investing £37 million in expanding the Sunderland car production plant. The investment will see the facility extended to cater for an extra-large 5200 tonnes press line to support the ongoing UK production of the brand’s crossover and electric car models. The latest press line and panel storage area will extend the current facility, taking its total size to over 362,000m2. The press will be the biggest at the Sunderland plant and make larger panels for all Nissan vehicles manufactured there, as well as the two planned Infinity models. In addition to the £37 million investment, Nissan is also recruiting 300 new staff to support production of forthcoming models.

Harrison Castings invests to secure expansion

Leicester, UK-based Harrison Castings has announced an important contact with Caterpillar, following the aluminium diecaster’s investment of £2 million in capital equipment. Speaking to The Leicester Mercury, Managing Director Mick Jenney confirmed the management team had expanded the site by purchasing neighbouring premises and introducing added-value equipment that allows more processes to be brought in-house. Supplying fully machined castings to a broad customer base, Harrison Castings has become synonymous with large sand castings up to 350kg but the company is equally proficient in the supply of much smaller castings, where the same attention is applied to detail and production methods. Expansion into gravity and low pressure processes is on the cards, which will enable the foundry to use its extensive in-house knowledge of individual customer requirements and components to progress with the customer as they make the move into higher volumes.

Turnover soars at Finecast

A fast-growing UK foundry is expanding further after receiving support from NatWest and its asset finance arm, Lombard. Sussex-based Finecast Foundry specialises in the design and manufacture of prototypes for a variety of industries and customers, both in the UK and overseas. Having already supplied aluminium parts, Finecast is also now producing copper and steel products and has purchased two sites in Littlehampton, from where the company operates its main foundry and a laboratory. Finecast, which also runs a machine shop in Newhaven, has expanded to meet growing demand and has seen turnover increase from £700,000 four years ago to a current figure of £6 million. The company now manufactures parts for leading gobal automotive, defence, maritime and petrochemical customers.
The business was originally established 30 years ago and served the local community by manufacturing tools. It was purchased 12 years ago by current Managing Director Chris Gratton-Heatley and now employs 54 staff, including two doctors of metallurgy to assist with the development of products. Its growth has been helped by support from NatWest, who arranged a commercial mortgage for the purchase of Finecast’s new premises and Lombard, whose finance facilities have enabled the acquisition of assets such as machine tools, inspection equipment and a steel foundry.
























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