A Black Country aviation tooling company is in "fine fettle" after relocating to new premises and getting advice to improve its processes.
FW Precision has also expanded its workforce and capacity after receiving help from the Manufacturing Advisory Service.
It is now pursuing work with European manufacturer Airbus to make fixtures, tooling and gauges to produce its range of passenger aircraft.
The company has moved from its former base in Wednesbury to newer premises in Dudley and increased its workforce from 16 to 23.
The switch has seen it treble its floorspace while also providing an opportunity to reorganise its production processes.
Before the move the company had been struggling to meet to meet the demands of its customers.
Managing director Neville Billson realised that in order to sustain the business a series of extensive business improvements would need to be implemented along with significant financial investment.
He said: "We needed to reform our process in order to save time. In our business there are very short lead times for tooling parts and we needed to be able to respond to that.
"Often it would be just five weeks from the drawings to when the part was needed, so it was vital we were able to produce things just in time."
Limiting capacity of their ageing manufacturing site coupled with a shortage of skills within the local labour market created additional difficulties for the business.
The company contacted Bob Reeve, a specialist manufacturing advisor for the MAS-WM Aerospace LiftOff programme, to discuss their concerns.
A long-term detailed business strategy was drawn up for the future of FW Precision Tooling which detailed short-term tactics and an immediate plan of action.
In the meantime the company acted on advice and relocated its manufacturing site to bigger and better premises on a multi-functional site in Dudley.