Thursday, March 20, 2014

News: PMS Diecasting set to increase Rotherham workforce

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PMS Diecasting is enjoying significant growth in Rotherham with the use of innovative technology and is set to further expand its workforce.

PMS Diecasting has been producing high quality zinc diecastings for more than three decades and is one of Europe's leading diecasters. It produces more than 36 million castings annually for the global manufacturer, Gripple.

Moving to a larger facility in Hellaby last year, the firm plans to increase staff numbers, from the current 53, during the first half of 2014 to meet expectations that the business will grow by 50% during the next three years.

The move is backed by £600,000 in funding support from Yorkshire Bank. The deal was conducted by Chris Blanksby from Yorkshire Bank's Business and Private Banking Centre in Sheffield.

The new factory is regarded within the industry as one of Europe's best equipped facilities, boasting 12 fully automated diecasting machines, each with six-axis robots which enables the company to manufacture its products cost effectively. The Frech machines are equipped with ABB 6 axis robots and work continuously around the clock manufacturing over 43 million castings per year.

The company's introduction of cutting-edge laser scanning technology has generated a significant surge in new business. The innovative technology allows almost any item to be scanned and reverse engineered.

Gordon Panter, managing director of PMS Diecasting, took over the business in 2000 and has overseen a period of sustained growth for the employee owned company. He said: "Our attention to detail and dedication to delivering what customers want, when they need it, has played a key role in growing our business to what it is today.

"Our reputation coupled with the use of leading technology has put us in a position to take our business to the next level and with the support of Yorkshire Bank we are taking that opportunity. We've been with Yorkshire bank for ten years and during that time the team there has developed a great knowledge and understanding of our business."

Kevin Elliott, head of business and private banking for South Yorkshire at Yorkshire Bank, added: "PMS Diecasting is a strong, local manufacturing business which South Yorkshire can be proud of. It already plays an important role in the supply chain of a number of key industries but still has ambitions to grow further.

"Our team of relationship managers have the local knowledge and deep business expertise needed to support the future growth of PMS Diecasting and other growing businesses in the region, and will continue to play our part in helping the local economy to prosper."

Founded in 1975, PMS developed a precision manufacturing process to produce handsaws that proved so successful that every DIY retail outlet and most handtool distributors sold an "own brand" saw which was made and branded by PMS in Rotherham. In just five years PMS became the largest volume manufacturer of handaws in the UK.

PMS Diecasting now supplies the UK's agricultural, automotive, hardware and retail industries with high-quality, bespoke metal fixtures, fittings and components. These include wire suspension systems for lighting rigs in shops and cold touch components for inclusion in the driver consoles of luxury cars.

Customers for the newest technology include museums which are scanning their exhibits in order to produce replicas. The technology allows accurate scale models of any item to be made and the CAD (computer-aided design) files it produces can then be used in conjunction with 3D printers to generate perfect scale models of any size.

The firm has recently set up two new companies to further support their customers. It includes GoTools Ltd, a precision tool engineering and toolmaking company that designs and manufactures performance tooling.

PMS Diecasting website

Images: PMS Diecasting

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