Warwickshire-based Subcon Laser Cutting has invested £1m in the UK’s first 8kw fibre laser cutting system with Cooline technology, supplied and made by the Trumpf Group.
The major investment has reportedly already opened up new opportunities for Subcon Laser Cutting, including new orders coming in from India for tightly-toleranced laser cut product, with further enquiries coming in from Belgium, Switzerland and Italy.
The business, which employs 30 staff, is exploring further investment to strengthen its status as one of the UK’s leading companies within the highly-technical field of producing parts using laser technology.
The machine was supplied and manufactured by the Trumpf Group in Germany, which has production facilities all over the world, including Luton (UK) and Farmington (US).
General manager of Subcon Laser Cutting, Tom Mongan commented: “Depending on what you read or who you listen to, they say UK manufacturing lags behind our EU counterparts in productivity and investment, well not from where I’m standing and I would like to know who is providing the statistics and information.
“I’m immensely proud that we here at Subcon are playing our part, as we have continually invested heavily in the very latest technology available to keep us at the forefront of a rapidly changing and challenging environment.
Mongan explained: “We were one of the first company’s in the UK to invest in a five-axis laser system; we were one of the first to invest in a twin bed laser; we were the first company to install a first-of-its-kind nitrogen generating system, and definitely the first in the UK and most of Europe to invest in a Trumpf 8kw fibre laser.
“It means we can now produce components we couldn’t have attempted before – whether for the automotive industry through to unique items such as the pizza oven.”
On hand to help unveil the new machine was Louise Bennett, chief executive of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce – which has been running a Go For Growth campaign throughout 2016.
Bennett said: “Subcon Laser Cutting is a great example of a company investing in technology and people to help drive efficiency, productivity and growth. They are a great asset for the economy of Nuneaton, Warwickshire and the wider region.”
Picture: L to R: Jonathan Browning (chairman, Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership); Annette Doyle (MD, Trumpf UK); Louise Bennett, (chief executive, Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce), and Tom Mongan (GM, Subcon Laser Cutting).