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080701 Trumpf offers road to automation

Copyright of ©2008 AILU
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To help combat a diminishing pool of reliable labour in the northwest of England,  eyland-based subcontract fabricator Main Road Sheet Metal has ordered an automated TruLaser Tube CNC laser tube and profile cutting centre from Trumpf. The new machine will complement its Trumpf BendMaster automated bending cell, installed in September 2007.

Since its formation in 1981 Main Road Sheet Metal has enjoyed considerable growth, today occupying 80,000 sq ft across three sites in Leyland, Lancashire, from where the business turns over in the region of £4 million. Although founded on a base of traditional sheet metal fabrication expertise, the company recognised a worrying industry trend in recent years. “It was becoming hard enough to find labour anyway, but finding reliable labour has proved very difficult in the past couple

of years,” says Managing Director Graham John. “It became clear that automation would make good sense.”



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