One of the UK’s leading precision machining specialists has taken its CNC machine spending to £1m, with the installation of a fourth machine in just two years.

Muller Holdings, which employs 130 people across its four sites in the West Midlands and South Wales, has purchased a Nakumura NTY3-150 from the Engineering Technology Group (ETG) to help it meet increases in automotive work and free-up capacity for new contracts.

The company will use the three turret, twin spindle machine with 3 metre magazine bar feed to reduce the cycle time of a new suspension part by 30 to 40%, after engineers at its Redditch site developed the process within one week of the machine being installed and training being completed.

“This is the fourth Nakamura we have purchased from the Engineering Technology Group, equating to over £1m of investment in the latest CNC machine technology to help us continue to supply our global customer base with precision parts,” explained Adam Cunningham, Managing Director of Muller Redditch.

“All of the machines have been very reliable and offer excellent cutting performance. The latest one has three turrets and twin spindles that allow us to overlap a number of secondary ops, making the overall process quicker. This approach has now been adopted for other parts and is proving very successful in helping us win new business both at home and abroad.

“The Japanese machines are very reliable and we have a good relationship with ETG’s servicing and maintenance team to ensure that downtime is minimised and any repairs are quickly addressed.”

Muller Holdings specialises in CNC milling, turning, multi-spindle and CNC/Conventional escomatic manufacturing services.

It has recently secured the prestigious IATF 16949 quality accreditation, putting it in a perfect position to not only retain existing automotive work, but also explore additional contracts, starting with £300,000 of new orders with Wabco and THK Germany.

Jon Mannion, Regional Sales Manager at ETG, added his support: “Customers are continually looking at ways where they can speed up processes yet retain the same level of accuracy. The Nakamura range is perfect for doing this, with its three turret, twin spindle capability now making machining faster than ever before.”

The Engineering Technology Group (ETG) brings together the strengths of the world’s most advanced manufacturers of high technology machine tools, automation and workholding systems to deliver highly productive turnkey solutions to customers involved in automotive, aerospace, domestic goods, high value engineering, medical and oil and gas.

In addition to Nakamura, the firm also represents Bavius, Hardinge Bridgeport, Chiron, Quaser and STAMA.