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TROX Completes £2.1 Million Investment In UK Chilled Beam Manufacture

TROX is celebrating the completion of the final phase of its £2.1 million investment programme, which sees the production facility in Thetford firmly established as the TROX group’s global centre of excellence for MS chilled beam manufacture.

Phase 3 of the programme has involved investment of £600,000 in CAM (computer aided manufacture) equipment, including an advanced technology Salvagnini panel bending machine. Providing a high-tech alternative to the factory’s existing press brakes, the new machine creates components for the TROX range of chilled beams in a third of the time, and with even greater repeatability, accuracy and quality.

The new machine offers TROX the option of manufacturing in either aluminium or steel, with outstanding levels of flexibility for creating chilled beam fascias of different designs. The move is expected to offer many customers reduced leadtimes, particularly where the chilled beam involves a bespoke or architect-inspired fascia.

This is the final phase in an extensive programme of investment which began in 2007. Earlier phases have involved the installation of two fully-automated Trumpf punch presses which have increased production capacity at the factory by around 60%. As the presses have perfect repeatability, they achieve increased throughput at the same time as ensuring that the extremely tight tolerances and stringent quality standards demanded by TROX continue to be met.

TROX UK’s Chief Operating Officer, Ian Sams, said, “Whilst the new equipment is the most visible outcome of the investment programme, it is really just one part of the overall project. A significant figure has also been dedicated to training of our workforce, including skills development in Six Sigma. So the greatest investment of all is coming from TROX employees, through their involvement in activities such as Kaizen.

“Upgrading manufacturing capability can be time-consuming and challenging in a busy factory like ours, where installation of new equipment cannot stand in the way of day-to-day production. So I’d like to thank everyone who has been involved over the last four years, for their hard work in bringing the investment programme to fruition. We are extremely proud of the result - a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, operating with world-leading levels of automation, here in the UK.”

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