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Precision Provision for Proving Factory

posted 13 Aug 2014, 05:53 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 15 Aug 2014, 07:47 ]
Tata Steel and partners spearheading ‘The Proving Factory’ in Rotherham, have taken space at Newburgh Precision’s Templeborough factory in order to gear up the operation in advance of the proposed start date in 2015.

Taking low-carbon vehicle technologies by British companies, the project aims to test their viability in small-scale production volumes and will cost almost £22m to set up. It is hoped that these technologies will then have a greater chance of being adopted by car manufacturers.

Tata Steel, who already have a significant presence in the area, alongside Productive Ltd., are backed by the government to set up a larger-scale component facility at their Brinsworth site to open next year.

The smaller facility will temporarily make use of 1000 sq m of Newburgh’s site whilst the larger project is completed. Newburgh were chosen as they have a highly rated history in the precision manufacture of advanced components, including nuclear, aerospace and even parts for the Bloodhound Super Sonic Car! The latest machinery will be delivered shortly to the interim facility in order to start to produce the high tolerance components to be tested for the low carbon car market.

The Proving Factory will also enrol their ten apprentices on Newburgh’s training programme, after initial time spent at the AMRC Training Centre.

David Greenan, Managing Director at Newburgh Precision, said: "Newburgh Precision has a healthy order book in its own right and we have been recruiting and investing in new equipment at our Rotherham facility to support this growth. This relationship with The Proving Factory will continue this development and add new technology and processes into our working practices. Our works manager, Nick Andrew, has been carefully selected by The Proving Factory to take the role of operations lead in this relationship, a fantastic opportunity for him and the business to work closely with this innovative initiative."

Mark Broxholme, Managing Director of Tata Steel's Speciality Steels business commented: "We have worked hard to plan our development and growth as The Proving Factory's component manufacturing volumes increase towards our target of four million components over the next decade. This new interim site allows us to get started with component development and manufacturing as quickly as possible, while achieving the most efficient combination of required space and cost. We are very much looking forward to moving into our new home this month, and are positive our new site and the support of Newburgh Precision will give us the capability we need to support the delivery of the initial pre-production components and assemblies by the end of this year."

Companies including Flybrid, Torotrak, Bladon Jets, Drive Systems Design, Libralato and Magnomatics are to use the facility with volumes of around 10,000-20,000 units a year being produced.