Sharing in Growth beneficiary Winbro Group Technologies has won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation.
It is the second Queen’s Award received by the company and recognises the company’s latest product, the HSA5 (5 Axis, High Speed Laser Ablation) system. The HSA5 is the world’s first “Art – Part” solution, integrating: post processing, ablation and inspection technologies within a single machine platform for the manufacture of complex shapes in turbine components.
Winbro started trading in 1992 and is now recognised as a global leader in manufacturing solutions for the aerospace and industrial gas turbine industries, based on its core Laser and High Speed EDM cooling hole machining technologies as well as Viper Grinding and ECM machining processes. Winbro Group Technologies provides turnkey machining systems, services and manufactured components backed by extensive research and development in products and processes.
Winbro’s UK COO Andy Lawson commented: “We are absolutely delighted and proud to win the Queens Award for the second time, and especially in recognition of our technological innovation. This is a testament to the continued hard work and dedication of everyone at Winbro to ensure that our machining systems, services and processing of turbine components remain world class.”
The continuous drive by aero-engine manufacturers to increase operating temperatures, increase the fuel efficiency and decrease engine emissions means that effective cooling of components located in the hottest part of the engine is essential to guarantee the required life cycle for these parts. Winbro’s HSA5 system can machine cooling hole features in high performance alloys, with both metallic and ceramic coatings, enhancing manufacturing flexibility, increasing capability and reducing the cost of ownership for component manufacturers.
Continued Growth and Expansion for Winbro
The Queen’s Award follows a period of sustained growth for Winbro Group Technologies both here in the UK and also within their North American facility. The company now operates from a total of five separate factory units in Coalville, and also recently relocated their Winbro Advanced Machining business to a new 28,000 sqft facility in Shepshed to meet increasing customer demand. Such has been the rapid growth of this part of the business that the Shepshed site has already been extended by a further 15,000sqft. The USA business has also recently relocated to a larger 34,500 sqft facility to meet significant increases in US customer orders and also allow for anticipated future growth.
Winbro, which supplies blue chip companies like Rolls-Royce, GE, Pratt and Whitney, Snecma and Siemens, has won contracts estimated to be worth £88 million since starting on the Sharing in Growth programme in 2014.
SiG engineers and business gurus have used their expertise to train staff and drive productivity improvements including shopfloor visual management, procurement centralisation, inventory reduction, standardisation and a New Product Introduction process. The leadership team has been developed and staff are being trained and taking Business Improvement Techniques qualifications.
Winbro Group Technologies now has a total of 220 employees, including apprentices and students on the company’s graduate programme, across the UK and USA operations and the company is currently seeking to recruit additional engineers and technical staff in a number of disciplines.
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