THORLUX Lighting has invested in four new metal forming machines at its Redditch manufacturing facility in a move designed to slash luminaire lead times and increase flexibility.
The multi-million pound investment has allowed the business to modernise its manufacturing capability as well as increase capacity.
Three new Amada machines have been installed, an EMZ automated punching machine and two automated EML punching plus laser cutting machines, with one incorporating the latest fibre laser technology.
‘This investment has not only improved and streamlined our sheet metal facility, it also reaffirms our commitment to manufacture here in the UK, supporting UK families as well as the UK economy,’ said Thorlux manufacturing director Ian Mulhall.
‘These state of the art machines provide greater flexibility and reduce luminaire lead times, further strengthening our position as a leading UK lighting manufacturer’.
In addition to the Amada machines, a Leifeld SC310 automatic spinning machine has been procured to run alongside the current spinning section, where spinning is still carried out by hand.
Luminaire reflectors and components have been hand spun in the Thorlux factory since the company’s inception in 1936.
The machines will be partly powered by the sun. Last year the company unveiled a massive solar power farm on the roof of the factory.
Some 909 photovoltaic panels are helping power the machinery, servers and lighting at the site where it manufactures 400,000 luminaires every year.
The installation is also helping charging the company’s fleet of electric vehicles.