Thursday, July 24, 2014

News: Celebrations at the double for Helix

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Helix Tool Company, Yorkshire's leading independent precision tool specialists, has marked its 20th year in business by opening a new South Yorkshire branch on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham.

By taking space in the AMP Technology Centre, the Leeds-based firm believes that its integrated model goes beyond the offer of traditional distributors. Helix helps customers convert materials into complex parts and components more profitably by using its secure line side supply of hi-tech branded cutting tools.

Having started from Charles and Louise Robinson's spare room back in 1994, at its 10 year anniversary the firm moved from a leased unit in Bradford to its own purpose built HQ.

The new Rotherham site marks the continued growth, with Helix now enjoying a £6m turnover and employing 20 people across the two sites. The latest recruit is Jake Corbally-Lidget, an apprentice application engineer, who is studying at the AMRC Training Centre, also on the AMP.

Charles Robinson, managing director of Helix Tools (pictured, right), said: "Our new Technology Centre demonstrates our commitment to the South Yorkshire region where we are experiencing significant growth in terms of new business and machine tool investment.

"Having a regional branch ensures our growing client base can access fast and effective technical support from our local application engineers."

Helix works in the key manufacturing sectors of aerospace, automotive, oil and gas and power generation, where manufacturers and engineers are working with exotic alloys, such as Titanium and Inconel, composites and stainless steels.

One local customer operating at the cutting edge is Rotherham's AESSEAL, the world's fourth-largest designer and manufacturer of mechanical seals. Chris Parkin, management development graduate at AESSEAL, said: "Helix Tool Co have been a technology supply partner to AESSEAL for 14 years with their business growing alongside our own.

"They have consistently delivered increased productivity and reduced costs across our Yorkshire sites with exceptional customer service at all levels of the business.

"We look forward to continuing our partnership for many years to come as we continue to grow and develop new technologies within the business."

Helix Tools website

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