Posted on August 24, 2016
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About the company

Helix Precision Machining is a leading engineering company, which produces precision components and assembled products to a broad and varied customer base.

The company is equipped to carry out several different operations under one roof, including heat treatment, assembly, anodizing, painting, chemical blacking, laser cutting and waterjet cutting. These capabilities often save customers from having to order through multiple companies.

About the project

The business had an opportunity to expand production into the supply of aerospace parts. To enable them to maximise this opportunity Helix needed to invest in new equipment, as well as additional workholding and software upgrades.

The business was awarded a Growing the Humber grant of £12,000 to support these enhancements.

Job creation

The acquisition of new machinery required an extra worker to operate the new equipment and the machinery will provide a more advanced training platform for future Helix apprentices and trainees.

The future

Matthew Branton, Managing Director, said: “This new machinery is making a huge difference to our working capacity, enabling customers to be offered much shorter lead times, and it fits in better with our customer requirements.

“We’ve seen an increase in work as a result of the new capabilities of our business, and we are now 70% of the way through our aerospace certification, so once that is completed this type of work will increase further.

“We have also begun receiving work from the medical sector, which is largely down to the machinery this grant helped us acquire.

“We are already invested in bringing NVQ apprentices into the business each year. The new machinery is allowing us to train these apprentices on state-of-the-art equipment, enhancing their career prospects and preventing a skills gap.”

In brief

Location: Hull

£ 48,963.74 Project Cost

£ 12,000 LGF grant

1  Direct Jobs