Investment in new wire
eroders is driving precision engineers, A&M EDM towards sales of £5 million
The company has spent £400,000 purchasing
and installing two Sodick ALC 600G wire eroders in response to increased demand
from aerospace, automotive and motorsports customers. The new wire eroders were
commissioned by Charlotte Horobin, Regional Director Midlands
& East of EEF, the manufacturers' organisation.
Charlotte said: "A&M is a shining
example of an SME committed to continuous investment to create a competitive
edge and the benefit of working in partnership with its LEP and local
A&M use spark and wire erosion and CNC
machining capabilities to manufacture precision components and tooling for
aerospace, automotive, Formula 1 and production assembly customers. A&M
annually uses 25,000 miles of conductive brass wire in its 17 wire erosion
machines, enough to circle the world.
A&M’s investment has created five new
jobs, supported by a grant of £58,000 from Black Country LEP Growing Priority
Sectors fund administered by Sandwell Council. A&M employs 65 people and
this investment reinforces the company as one of the UK’s largest electrical
discharge machining specialists, using spark and wire erosion to cut steel and
other metals with incredible precision.
Managing Director of A&M said: "
We are delighted Charlotte agreed to commission the new wire eroders; our
approach is to continue investing to expand our manufacturing capabilities
for customers. The Growing Priority Sectors grant was important in
bridging a funding gap and enabling us to grow and create new engineering jobs.”
The purchase of these machines builds on
A&M’s expenditure of over £5m in the past four years on a second factory,
metrology inspection facilities, R&D rotary engine project and high-speed