Conversion specialist Ingimex has expanded manufacturing capabilities at its Telford site under a £1.8m investment set to cut lead times for customers.
The firm has introduced new levels of automation with the replacement of its hand-fed laser cutting machine with an automated one, enabling programmes to run all the time and lowering lead times for customers, among other new systems.
In addition, a new sawing automation has been incorporated, which allows the team to more efficiently process individual jobs by developing and designing tailored programmes. The firm has also introduced a six-axis machining centre and new sheet metal forming processes.
These additions will enable the company to maximise employee time otherwise spent operating the machinery, to designing, testing and assembling the manufactured bodies onto the chasses – ranging from Nissan, Mercedes and Ford to Vauxhall and VW. Earlier this year, the firm unveiled its T6 pick-up and T6 tip-up bodies for Volkswagen’s new Transporter chassis.
Justin Gallen, managing director of Ingimex, explained: “Our latest investment in our manufacturing equipment is testament to the success the company has experienced over the last few years particular, with our continued work to develop the bodies we make in partnership with leading vehicle manufacturers.
“The new equipment has significantly streamlined our processes, with our team now able to maximise their time otherwise spent on operating the machinery, to designing, testing and assembling the manufactured bodies onto the chasses. We handle everything in-house from our state-of-the-art site in Telford, and this investment is just one of the latest enhancements we’re making to allow us to continue to serve the industry to the highest standards now, and in the future,” Gallen added.