City Engineering Unveils New Aerospace Division in Cardiff
Article by Mark Watkins, MD of City Engineering (Bristol) Ltd
As part of the CIM investment strategy, City Engineering in Bristol were tasked earlier this year with widening its offering through the establishment of an Aerospace division. The management of the company felt that this could best be accomplished by expanding the range of facilities available. City Bristol specialises in small to medium, precision sheet metal and fabricated components, and to this was added last year a large fabrications division. To attract interest in the market place, the team’s view was that additional capability should be added in the form of machining and composites manufacture and refurbishment.
An essential element in this plan was to secure extra production space as City’s Bristol premises are already fully utilised. It was vital to act quickly to take advantage of some crucial market opportunities, and the team were fortunate to secure a lease on favourable terms for a 60,000 sq. ft. factory and office in a convenient Cardiff location occupying a strategic position between key customers along the M4 corridor. Having previously been used as a heavy engineering facility, some upgrades were required to bring it to the aerospace standard. Apart from a general clean up and refurbishment, our pictures show the installation of resin flooring and LED lighting as well as many other improvements.
This new facility has been designed to accommodate three new aspects of the City operation (Machining, Fabrication and Composites) in well-defined and separated parts of the factory. A substantial investment has been made in acquiring plant and equipment for the unit, including the 2 Hedelius 5-axis machines shown in the photographs below as well as further equipment required for the machining and composites parts of the business.
All three parts of the business are now fully operational with Fabrications engaged in work on nuclear submarines and Composites involved with refurbishment of equipment across industries including Steel, Paper, Food Processing and Petrochemical. With engineering and systems support from FGP Systems, the City team have been successful in transitioning machined aerospace components to Cardiff creating additional capacity and enhancing our engineering offering to our customers. So, as we enter the second half of the year, City has already completed a radical and rapid expansion programme which has doubled the size of the company, enabled it to take full advantage of its AS 9100 rev C accreditation, and added value to the business through diversification of its offering to both new and existing customers.