FlexPunch machine arrives as HV Wooding completes £1.5m investment push

Kent-based precision engineering specialists has completed a £1.5m investment drive with the installation of a new EHRT FlexPunch machine.

HV Wooding, which employs over 100 people at its Range Road Industrial Estate factory in Hythe, has taken delivery of the new technology, which comes equipped with three CNC controlled axes that virtually guarantee perfect accuracy on production parts destined for electrical switchgear, data centres, electric vehicles, and energy markets.

The latest cell represents a £400,000 spend and offers an immediate 40% increase in ‘punching’ capacity, which will enable greater flexibility and faster lead times.

It follows a concerted investment programme that has seen the acquisition of a high-speed Bruderer BSTA 25H press, Xpert 80 Bystronic and a Trumpf TruLaser 3030 that can produce thin gauge laminations and busbars for use in electric cars, lorries, buses and commercial vehicles.

Matt Lacey, Sales & Marketing Manager at HV Wooding, commented: “Since the pandemic has eased and we’ve got back to a more normal trading environment, we have seen monthly sales increases of between 15% – 25%.

“This is being driven by our ability to take on complex projects from prototyping through to volume production, taking in multiple manufacturing methods, including wire erosion, laser cutting, presswork and tooling, assembly and electroplating.”

He went on to add: “These capabilities make us a very attractive proposition for companies involved in developing new components for electrification and we wanted to cement this position with the £1.5m investment in four different, but complementary technologies.

“Our quality team has been really pleased with the parts produced on the new FlexPunch and we’re looking forward to taking on more projects that utilise its accuracy, repeatable quality and speed.”