OCT 00] THE CHAMBER NEWS
Group Gives Firm Precision Advice
Coventry firm which specialises in high-precision lathes has seen its
sales soar since it turned to a city support group for advice.
Machine Tools, which has been run by Alan Crossthwaite for the last 10
years, specialises in rebuilding and modifying precision Hardinge
lathes for the aerospace and medical industries.
widely for high-precision work, the Hardinge machines can continue to
give good service, even after more than 20 years, when upgraded with
state-of-the-art CNC control systems and new spindle drives.
the company, based on the Hales Industrial Estate in Rowleys Green,
struggled to make money from the service.
after turning to specialist support and advice from CEMAG, The Chamber
Engineering and Manufacturing Action Group, the order book has started
to fill, with sales increasing by 50 per cent in 12 months.
has now become the most profitable part of the business.
his involvement with the group, Mr Crossthwaite was received advice on
marketing from The Chamber and invested in new sales literature and
exhibited at a number of trade fairs.
also discovered how to reorganise the company's management structure
and operations, as well as installing sound procedures for cost
has some excellent ideas and has made a difference to my business,
as well as helping us to network with other local firms and source
more components from local suppliers."
Chamber's Graham Allcock, who manages the CEMAG programme added:
is alive and kicking in Coventry and Warwickshire and KC Machine
Tools' success is a perfect example of what can be achieved with the
right support and guidance."