Laser systems maker logs record orders

Coalville, UK & Rock Hill, S.C. – Following a significant expansion in the UK workforce and the launch of a new technology, development, and production center in Rock Hill in late 2010, Leicestershire-based Winbro Group Technologies has announced a record order intake in March 2011.

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Delta laser drilling system

Winbro Group Technologies is a leader in cooling hole technology for aero and land based turbine engines. The company’s manufacturing, headquarters in Coalville serves customers in 16 countries around the world, supplying UK manufactured laser, EDM and ECM turnkey machining systems as well as gas turbine engine components machined within the company’s WAM (Winbro Advanced Machining) facility.

In the last month, the company booked orders for 14 new machines valued at over $8.8 million. This record achievement includes the first two machines won by Winbro’s new facility in Rock Hill. Other orders, received from customers within the UK and Europe, include a Delta laser system, with the new GSI JK604D drilling laser, and 11 multi-axis drilling machines – the company’s EDM small systems workhorse.

“Receiving our first orders for the Rock Hill facility so soon after its launch is a testament to the confidence our customers have in our technology and expertise,” Winbro Group’s Managing Director, Rob Folwell, commented. “This latest group of machine orders is in itself a significant achievement and an excellent foundation for the future. Our plans for continued growth both here in the UK and the USA are further reinforced by these new contracts. In addition to these, we are supplying a Delta laser combination machine to CCAT, East Hartford, which integrates both laser drilling and laser ablation sources into a single multi-axis machine. This machine will be demonstrated at the forthcoming SALA conference in April.”

Winbro’s ongoing expansion plans include the consolidation of its four individual buildings in Coalville, currently occupied on Whitwick Business Park, into a new purpose-built facility in the near future.

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