Manufacturing Champion - Accuturn - cnc machining specialists
02-01-2019, 09:49 AM - Views: 564
We are delighted to present our manufacturing champion for January - Accuturn.
Norfolk based CNC machining specialist Stokes & Rowe celebrated their 10th year in business in summer 2018 and as part of their long-term investment and growth plans have rebranded to become Accuturn, CNC turning and milling specialists.
The company is celebrating 10 years in business and has been through a business planning process outlining future growth plans. 2018 has seen Directors, Nicola and Robert Stokes, invest in new CNC Milling capability, gain ISO9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 standards, hire their first Mechanical Engineering apprentice and rebrand the business.
Director, Robert Stokes said "We are investing in the future of our business to enable our expansion within our customer base in the automotive, motorsport, construction, water filtration and medical sectors.”
Accuturn has established itself as a turn/mill specialist, offering one hit complex and non-complex components to industry and has now expanded it’s offering to include CNC milling. This has opened up capacity for existing clients, as well as new.
The new Haas Super Mini Mill has a machine capacity of table 914mm, x 305mm, trav 406 x 305 x 254mm. The Super Mini Mill is enhanced with a faster tool changer, faster spindle and higher rapids for improved production and part finish. This new machine compliments Accuturn’s existing range of brand new, multi axis, turn mill machines.
Accuturn have gained ISO 9001:2015 Quality and ISO 14001:2015 Environmental accreditations. Accuturn manufacture a range of safety critical devices for a range of sectors that require precision machining and a very high-quality finish. They have developed their machining to remove the need for additional post machining polishing for specific projects.
Nicola continued “Achieving the ISO 9001:2015 Quality and ISO 14001:2015 Environmental standards this year has been recognition of the quality procedures and workmanship that we put into all our contracts and will support the business as we grow."
Accuturn have taken on their first engineering apprentice as part of their continued growth and commitment to encouraging young people into careers in engineering and manufacturing.
Joshua Mallett, 16, originally came on work experience from Reepham High School for two weeks, he stayed in touch with the business and following finishing school this summer has now joined as their first engineering apprentice.
Nicola Stokes, Director, said “We were thrilled to be able to support our local High School with their work experience placement scheme and when Josh came with us with such enthusiasm, we didn’t hesitate in offering him an apprenticeship for when he left school. We were delighted that his placement sparked such a passion for engineering. As a company, we have experienced first-hand, through our attempt to recruit skilled engineers, that there is a skills gap. So we know the importance of encouraging young people into the sector. We can see already how having an apprentice has benefitted our business and are making a commitment to take on further apprentices alongside the planned growth of the company.”
“Given the current skills shortage in the engineering sector we recognise the need for investment in skills and training as a key part of our growth and so are working closely with Harlow College and their new Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Centre (HAMEC) on developing their programmes.”
Joshua is attending City College Norwich for the next 2 years, on day release, studying for his Mechanical Engineering Level 2, on completion it is planned he will go on to a third year to complete his Level 3.