NPL stays in pole position with latest growth plans
A Warwickshire car parts manufacturer is completing a major expansion of its facilities that it says will keep it in pole position in the sector.
And directors at NPL Technologies, in Nuneaton, say the success of the company is a sign that manufacturing in the West Midlands is still alive and kicking.
Business development director John Argyle said that the programme means the company now offers more services and has more capacity than any of its UK competitors.
The company serves the automotive, motor sport, aerospace and medical industries, specialising in the design, development and manufacture of models, patterns, tools, moulds and components, in materials including tooling boards, tool steels and carbon fibre, from its Caldwell Road facility.
It is now looking to take on a number of new skilled staff, and has invested in a new climate-controlled studio. It also bought a new piece of equipment to help it improve production.
Mr Argyle said: "The automotive sector in the West Midlands remains unrivalled on the world stage for quality and innovation and it is fighting back hard against the setbacks of recent years.
"Our customer base is growing rapidly, and we are experiencing increasing opportunities from Europe and further afield.
"One of our big strengths is being able to offer new craftsmanship processes to vehicle manufacturers and their first-tier suppliers, all from this single facility.
"As a result of this latest round of development we now have 20 Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines, of which seven are full five-axis, giving us increased capacity and flexibility to complete programmes which cannot be handled by our UK competitors."