Investment in high tech aluminium lab
July 22, 2015
Further investment drives aluminium innovation
Sarginsons Industries has made a significant investment which will further strengthen its position as one of the UK’s leading aluminium diecasting experts.
With over £2.5 million invested in its Coventry foundry as part of an expansion drive over the last three years, the investment continues with the addition of a new lab.
The £70,000 investment, designed to reduce the weight of aluminium components and improve the recyclability of aluminium alloy, has also led to the creation of a new process conformance engineer position at the Torrington Avenue-based firm.
Our MD, Anthony Evans explains the rationale behind the latest investment:
“The new lab further enhances our expertise in the field of aluminium diecasting – and will support the design and production of components, through to validation processes,” he said.
“Having the most up-to-date equipment and testing facilities is vital in maintaining and developing our excellence in low pressure diecasting, and the new lab will increase efficiency and also provide training opportunities for our team and for students from our partner universities.
“With an in-house ability to perform destructive tensile testing, sample polishing, microscopic and macroscopic examinations and alloy spectro-analysis, we are better placed to provide the in-depth, rapid response that is required for extensive research into better casting techniques and aluminium alloy suitability.
“In the past we have, in common with most companies in the sector, had to outsource this work but keeping it in-house means we have total control over the testing which is a great advantage.
“We’ve invested heavily in our facility over the last three years and we’re pleased to have been in a position to continue this expansion.”
The firm’s team is now 75-strong and is set to grow further following the latest expansion.
Evans added: “We pride ourselves as being a centre of excellence for aluminium lightweight solutions, and place a great emphasis on investing in our team and creating new roles in line with the investment in equipment.
“This is a crucial step towards our long term goals of becoming the market leaders in reducing the weight of aluminium components but also represents a real leap in our abilities to improve the recyclability of the aluminium alloys we use.
“Only 20 per cent of aluminium is recycled at present because there are thousands of different alloys in use, this laboratory will give us the ability to reduce this substantially.
Sarginsons was established more than 75 years ago and supplies components to the likes of Jaguar Land Rover, Caterpillar, Bosch, JCB, Aston Martin and Rotork.