UK parts maker invests €2m in new equipment, refurbishment

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Cannock-based Linecross Composites, a UK manufacturer of engineered thermoformed and polyurethane components, is investing £1.7m (€1.9m) in its Bridgtown site to improve the infrastructure of the facility and upgrade its equipment.

In a 20 Nov statement, the Midlands-based company said in addition to building improvements and new offices, the investment went into buying two new KraussMaffei injection moulding machines with clamp forces of 2300 and 900 tonnes.

These will give Linecross the ability to mould large automotive interior parts.

Ancillary equipment to support these machines include a new 16-tonne lift capacity crane for tool movements, robotic handling systems and an ultrasonic welding robot to support assembly operations.

Linecross Composites was formed in 2012 when parent company Linecross Ltd bought its competitor BI composites out of administration.

The company supplies clients in the automotive, leisure and speciality industries with a full design and manufacturing service – from initial design to ‘just in time’ supply direct to trackside. 

Among Linecross’ clients are luxury car makers Bentley and Aston Martin,  as well as toJCB, London Taxis and caravan manufacturers Swift Group and Coachman.

“The future is bright for Linecross Composites and we will continue to invest in our infrastructure, technology and our people to ensure that we remain at the forefront of new plastic and composite materials and technology,” said chairman David Austin, who said innovation would remain a keyword for the business going forward.

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