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26. June 2007

Precision diecaster expands capacity

Having been impressed with the first Frech zinc alloy diecasting machine acquired, a Welsh precision diecasting plant had no hesitation to order a second, and the aftercare has been very good

Precision diecaster Fishercast's strategy to produce larger zinc alloy diecastings at its European Operations plant is paying off - and it is Frech machines that are helping to make it happen. The plant (at Welshpool in Wales, UK) recently took delivery of a DAW 80F Realtime Control machine.
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It is identical to the first that set the project in motion in 2005, taking the company's capability beyond the small, detailed components cast on its own machines for which it is already well-known.

Bringing in the Frech machines has extended the company's scope to encompass castings weighing as much as 750g with surface areas up to 275cm2 - more than three times Welshpool's previous limit.

'Being able to be so flexible is helping us to make a name as a 'one-stop shop' capable of providing customers with all the zinc diecast parts they need,' said general manager Mike Brettell.
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'We can now take on orders that we could not have contemplated previously.

As a result, not only we have seen a steady increase in demand but we are also competing successfully on the global stage, with particular success in the USA.' The automotive sector, which accounts for around half of Welshpool's output, has provided many opportunities for retaining and developing business, and orders for satellite communications are also looking healthy, thanks to the ability of the Frech machines to achieve the precision vital to success in this market.

Brettell is positive about all aspects of 'the Frech experience' to date.

'The first machine was every bit as reliable as we had hoped, so we had no hesitation about investing in a second when the time came,' he said.

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