JJ Hardy win first prize in ETG MACH draw

The first prize of a brand new fully specified Hardinge GS150 horizontal turning centre on offer from the Engineering Technology Group as first prize in its MACH 2016 VIP Prize Draw has been won by Hartlepool based JJ Hardy & Sons, a highly respected components manufacturer with extensive CNC machine shops.

With a history dating back to 1856, JJ Hardy specialises in the manufacture of precision engineered parts for the rail, oil, gas and energy sectors and is particularly known for its use of reverse engineering techniques to simulate precise original equipment standards.

In its build up to the MACH exhibition ETG offered members of its VIP Club a chance to win the Hardinge CNC lathe which is widely regarded as being ‘best in class’.  There were also 4 runners up prizes or workholding equipment from the extensive inventory available from ETG Workholding.

The GS150 was further supplemented by a range of added value products that brought the total value of the first prize to over £90,000.  As well as being delivered in a ready-to-run state, ETG engineers will also commission the machine in JJ Hardy’s factory.

It will be supplied complete with a Hydrafeed MV65 bar feed giving it an unmanned machining capability and improved productivity, a Filtermist oil mist collector and filter unit, Open Mind CAD/CAM software, CIMCO machine monitoring software, WNT VDI adaptors and general purpose turning tools, a high pressure coolant system supplied by Pumps & Equipment and a first fill of coolant courtesy of Blazer.

“As you would expect the draw generated a lot of interest prior to and at the exhibition,” ETG Group Managing Director Martin Doyle explains.

“We chose the prizes carefully so that the winners had the opportunity to expand their manufacturing operations either with enhanced capacity from the lathe or by increasing productivity with advanced workholding,” he adds.

For JJ Hardy, Managing Director Andrew Pailor was understandably delighted saying it was a “brilliant gesture”.  JJ Hardy are not currently an ETG customer but Mr Pailor suggested that “perhaps it was time we do a bit of business together!”.



M and B Precision – £1000 Workholding Voucher

Kail and Co Engineering – £500 Workholding Voucher

Rotec – £250 Workholding Voucher

Ronford Baker – £100 Workholding Voucher


For further information on the range of advanced machine tools and workholding and fixturing solutions available from ETG visit www.engtechgroup.com