Investment in MecWash helps re-shore automotive parts production

Leading advanced machinist, Leicester Precision Components (LPC), has installed a second aqueous washing machine from MecWash as part of a £2,000,000 investment which includes expansion to its UK production facility.

A MecWash Midi along with an Aqua-Save waste water recycling unit, have been installed to ensure the company is able to meet the stringent cleanliness specifications demanded by a significant new client.

LPC recently secured a substantial contract to produce volume precision machined parts destined for use in high-end automotive vehicles. The deal warranted the investment in a range of new machinery including the MecWash Midi and the latest Mazak turning and milling machines, which offer five axis machining capability and automated systems.

From the outset of the new contract, LPC worked closely with the client to ensure it had a comprehensive understanding of their requirements. This process was instrumental in identifying the machines required to successfully fulfil the service level agreement.

LPC is an independently owned company familiar with MecWash’s capability following the installation of a MecWash Mini at its UK production facility in 2009. Sales Manager Robert Wortley comments:

“Our client needed to ensure we could consistently deliver parts that meet the high standards demanded by the automotive sector, so we turned to MecWash for assistance.

“Over the past six years, the MecWash Mini has more than proved that it can achieve the levels of cleanliness that we need, so the additional investment on the back of this new contract was an easy decision to make. Parts which were previously being made in Hungary are now being produced here in the UK which is great news for us, as well as the local and national economy.”

Following a rigorous trial period at MecWash’s Tewkesbury based facility, LPC commissioned the MecWash Midi after it was proven that it could remove metal particulates along with cutting fluid residues from the parts - exceeding its stringent customer specifications.

MecWash Managing Director, John Pattison, explains why the Midi was the ideal washing machine for LPC’s requirements, “The highly durable Midi is designed to consistently meet the demanding standards of the automotive industry. It offers the highest levels of both cleaning and drying by combining ultrasonics with high flow washing, rinsing and vacuum drying.

“Providing the same quality service as the MecWash Maxi, but with a slightly smaller footprint, the Midi is the perfect component cleaning machine for parts destined for use in the automotive sector.”

LPC currently employs approximately 80 people at its Leicester HQ and has a production facility in North India for automotive contracts that demand global cost solutions. Both facilities are TS16949 accredited, and highly focused on quality and forming long term relationships with customers and suppliers.

Robert continues, “The Midi ensures constant high quality cleaning results for volume work which is precisely what we need, and the Aqua-Save unit means we remain compliant with our ISO14001 accreditation.

“We are very pleased with our new equipment and, whilst bought specifically for this new contract, we are confident that it will also help us to secure additional contracts with existing and new customers which will further aid our growth.”