Arthur Jackson & Co. Ltd., Brighouse, West Yorkshire, specialises in the manufacture of patterns, core-boxes and tooling for the metal forming sectors. Employing 19 time-served operators, the company has a turnover of Â£1.3m. Managing Director, Andrew Jackson, decided two years ago to invest heavily in 3D computer-aided design and machining and installed some of the best CNC machines on the market.
A major effort was put into up-skilling his existing operators, and to thisÂ day training in advanced techniques is of paramount importance to their ambitions to stay aheadÂ of the competition â€“ wherever it may be! The company displays all the attributes deemed to beÂ so rare in Britain, not the least of which is a willingness to take measured risk in order to grow theÂ business. How many privately owned companies of this size would even entertain the notion ofÂ buying a company in the USA in order to access technology to exploit in his homeÂ markets? Andrew Jackson now employs 6 people in Colorado and is leasing new premises inÂ Brighouse in which to install new production facilities.
This entrepreneurial flair became clear when the company was introduced to Cti three years or soÂ ago by Holset Engineering Co. Ltd. As a supplier to a company of the stature of Holset, theÂ quality of their work and their responsiveness to customer requirements was never in question,Â but the mutual benefits that have arisen out of the relationship which followed have beenÂ considerable. For Ctiâ€™s part, a competent supplier of key components for a range of productÂ development exercises, with an established pedigree, was close to hand. For Arthur Jackson, aÂ range of business opportunities has been opened up of which the company would otherwise haveÂ been unaware, such as:
- Very short lead-time tooling in partnership with Cti for Doncasters FVC, Sheffield, toÂ produce first article parts for Rolls-Royce Marine on their Type 45 Frigate programme;Â special tooling for a Cti licensed process being used by BSA Precision Castings toÂ produce components for Schmidlin (UK) Ltd in the construction of Terminal 5 at Heathrow;
- Special tooling for another Cti-patented process which is being used at Cti to develophigher performance turbocharger components for Holset Engineering Co. Ltd,Huddersfield;
- High volume production tooling for the manufacture of domestic heat-exchangers prototyped at Cti for Alfer Ltd., Preston;
- Tooling for Cti to manufacture a cast steel forging die used in a development project to produce forklift truck forks;
- Special tooling for a â€˜triple-BOPâ€™ â€“ an oil-field blow-out preventer which is to be produced at Cti in pre-production quantities as part of a development project for Elmarâ„¢in Aberdeen, a division of Varco International Inc.
Andrew Jackson â€œsees progressive growth in business as a consequence of our relationship with Ctiâ€. He adds: â€œI was taking a risk when I installed a new, Â£120k high-speed milling machine for the work Cti said they would bring, but they certainly havenâ€™t let me down. So far, they have brought Â£520k worth of business. Weâ€™ve trained a new recruit to produce tooling for Ctiâ€™s advanced casting technologies. Given that Cti is really pushing the boat out on developing new business which exploits these processes, there are bound to be significant spin-off benefits for us. It is also of value to me personally having people like those at Cti that I can trust, and in whom I have faith, that they will give informed and objective advice. They were very helpful with technical input on my venture in the USA and provided extremely valuable commercial insights into market prospects, etc.â€