£2m investment at Nottingham precision engineering firm

Lasershape, the Nottingham based precision engineering business has recently invested £2m in expanding its footprint and adding new machinery and services.

The extension takes the Chilwell site to over 60,000 ft2 and now houses a fabrication cell, a fully automated 5 stage powder coating line, inspection room with CMM, new customer meeting rooms and new accounts office.

The extension was made by combining 3 units from nearby Eldon Road Industrial Estate and connecting them via a tunnel to the existing factory. The company will now have a separate goods-in and goods-out which will help ease congestion during busy periods.

The investment, which was part-funded by the D2N2 local enterprise partnership, now enables the laser and waterjet cutting experts to provide a complete service, adding fabrication, powder coat painting, assembly and packaging in house.

Managing director Tim Leam told Business Link: “As Lasershape has grown, so has the size of our customer profile.

“While we carry excellent supplier ratings with our customers, a growing number of larger clients were asking us to extend our capability beyond CNC laser profiling and waterjet cutting, and become a complete service supplier.”

“Rather than simply transition into powder coating without any previous experience, we decided to take a more strategic approach, and avoid the usual learning curves.

“For many years we have partnered with a paint shop in Bedfordshire called Quality Plus Finishing, a company with 20 years’ experience in high-end finishes for sectors such as medical and audio, so we asked it to consider a joint venture.

“It accepted and agreed to transfer its staff and experience to our facility and manage the new paint line.”