12 Apr Chamberlin unveils £5 million machining investment

Chamberlin & Hill’s new machining centre in Walsall, which represents a £5 million investment, has been officially opened.

The 21,245 sq ft plant on Maple Leaf Industrial Estate, off Bloxwich Lane, has created an initial dozen new jobs, which will rise to 33 once all three new high speed machining cells are operational.

The castings firm, part of the Chamberlin castings and engineering group, which has its headquarters in Chuckery Road, has opened the new site to finish and despatch turbocharger bearing housings made at its main 127-year-old foundry.

The new facility supports the company’s move into fully machined components and positions the Chamberlin, which previously employed 130 in Walsall, as the only fully integrated supplier of grey iron bearing housings in Europe.

It expects the new machining capability to open up additional opportunities. The first machining cells was installed just before Christmas by a team from Germany and started operation at the end of January with the second currently being commissioned and the third to be installed later in the year.

“The investment in the facility supports Chamberlin’s move into fully machined components and will open up additional growth opportunities as we position ourselves as the only fully integrated supplier of grey iron bearing housings in Europe,”said chief executive Kevin Nolan.

Finance director David Roberts said there was space for another three machining lines to be added in the future. So far £4m had been invested which would rise to £5m once the initial three lines were all in operation.”It is the biggest investment by the group for many years. It has almost doubled the size of the business,” he added.

Mr Nolan, who has been with the group since September 2013, said the investment had been made against firm orders and the spare space gave it the capacity to grow to meet new orders.

He said that 95 per cent of Chamberlin & Hill’s output for ths automotive turbocharger market now went to export.

“We mainly supply in to Europe and out ambition now it to target the North American market,” he explained.

Chamberlin’s castings operations produce high quality iron castings in various metal grades and weights, and supplies a number of sectors, including automotive, construction, power generation, steel and rail.

As reported in the Express & Star 28/03/2017

Angela Mason
Angela Mason