Author: Chris Hopkins

Countdown to CabWire 2017

Don’t miss THE event for today’s wire and cable industry professionals Cabwire Industry Forum 2017 is coming – and if you want to keep up-to-date with all the latest industry developments, you can’t afford to miss it. The date: 7th November 2017 The place: CCD East, Düsseldorf This year’s event will focus on current issues dramatically affecting the cable industry right now, including new insulation systems and the effects of Brexit and CPR. As well as presentations featuring key technical developments and innovations that are driving the international market, you can take advantage of: • A range of educational cable fundamental workshops • A tabletop exhibition including a number of leading organisations • An exclusive networking event on board a chartered ship for a Rhine River cruise – free of charge for delegates • A visit to LEONI Kerpen GmbH and a tour of their state-of-the-art cable manufacturing facility Delegate numbers are strictly limited so we would advise you to book now to ensure that you don’t miss out. If you do register soon, you’ll also receive a special early bird discount. Just visit to book your place. Do be sure to bookmark the page and visit regularly for all the latest news and updates. We look forward to welcoming you to this high-profile event – and helping you to ensure that your business is at the forefront...

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Hagens Spring Group – Acquisition

Hagens are pleased to announce that Spring Systems i Torsås AB, Sweden now is a part of Hagens Spring Group. Spring Systems was founded in 1964, has 60 employees and is one of Scandinavia’s leading manufacturer of springs, wire parts, clips and assemblies with a very automated production and high quality level. Spring Systems customers are found in the automotive industry, forest and garden, construction, household appliances and several other industries. Spring Systems and the companies in Hagens Spring Group are both being strengthened with Spring Systems being a part of Hagens Spring Group.  Hagens Spring Group is achieving a very good customer base with well-known and new customer segments as well as the product lines are being expanded materially. In the future Hagens Spring Group, together with Spring Systems, can achieve the sales synergies and even better possibilities to grow with our customers and to establish even better opportunities to develop with our customers. Lena Ovesson says: “With confidence I pass Spring Systems over to a group with big ambitions and great plans for the future. Hagens Spring Group is private owned and we share the same values and long term strategy. The employees, customers, suppliers and Torsås community can have confidence with Hagens Spring Group regarding ongoing development of Spring Systems. Spring Systems will now be a part of a bigger family and supply the customers with...

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Webster and Horsfall Ltd, the Birmingham based wire manufacturer has recently invested £1m .

Webster and Horsfall Ltd, the Birmingham based wire manufacturer has recently invested £1m in its specialist wire manufacturing and stocking capability. This forms part of the company’s recent reinvention into a wire stockist and distributor, whilst continuing to offer nearly all of the wide variety of current and historic specifications required by the spring making industry across the world.   ‘We are delighted to have recently been appointed as the distributor for Bekaert in the UK and Ireland. This relationship means that we are in the unique position to supply all our customers needs’ Jonathan Horsfall Sales Director went on to say ‘Working with globally recognised, quality wire manufacturers such as Bekaert, allows our company to have the material throughput necessary to offer competitive prices, we are extremely excited about this opportunity.’ The latest machinery investment is a 9 stage multi-hole wire drawing machine, manufactured to bespoke requirements which will allow Webster and Horsfall to be flexible in the type of wire they produce. Other investment includes the provision of a stocking facility designed to carry upwards of 600 tonnes of finished wire in a dry, heated environment.   ‘The new stock facility allows us to offer an improved shelf life on all plain finished wire, and our new management system ensures timely and accurate quotations on request.’ Jonathan Horsfall said. ‘Technical expertise is a very important part of supplying wire...

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Critical components cleaned to the most demanding quality standards, approvals and specifications

William Hughes, the specialist manufacturer of springs and bent wire components for the global automotive and aerospace industries, now offers an expanded range of ultrasonic and non-ultrasonic cleaning techniques for critical components to the highest international and governmental approval standards. These include military and electronics specification components for applications that include LOX, Oxygen critical parts and hydraulic hoses.  Following a significant investment in a new 80m² Class 7 clean room which is constructed in accordance with IS0 14644-1, the specialist cleaning services are ideal for critical components where contamination could result in a chemical reaction, an explosion and/or a total system or device failure. The clean room is furnished with high grade stainless steel fittings to help minimise particulate levels. The open plan layout provides product optimum flow based on the latest lean manufacturing methodologies. An inspection dark room enables critical components such as high precision machined components, springs and other parts that go into oxygen equipment such as breathing apparatus face masks and ducting, to be inspected under ultra-violet light. Cleaned items are placed into hermetically sealed bags that will not be opened again until required for further processing, such as assembly. William Hughes offers a broad range of cleaning services to ensure compatibility with the part being processed to prevent damage. These processes include solvent cleaning – used mainly for metallic items, aqueous cleaning for non-metallic such as...

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Brian Cooper reaches 50 years continuous service with Airedale Springs.

When Brian Cooper started work as a labourer at Airedale Springs on the 6th March 1967 at the tender age of 15, he probably didn’t give a thought as what he might be doing 50 years later. His family, on his mother’s side, were from the Oxenhope area although Brian was born in Inverness. He moved back to the area when he was 14 and applied for several jobs in the Keighley area. His father persuaded him to accept the one from Airedale Springs having a factory in Oxenhope, so he could walk to work. He must have made an impression as he soon started an apprenticeship and qualified as a flat spring maker. He has worked in various departments over the years becoming a charge hand in the “Bench Department” when the Company moved to Ebor Mills. He then moved to the engineering and maintenance department providing tools and services to his colleges utilising the many years of experience built up over the years. Brian is popular and a well-respected member of the team, a skilled spring maker and maintenance engineer. Although he doesn’t look it, Brian is the Grandfather figure of the team, bearing in mind that over half of our employees weren’t even born when Brian commenced his employment. In celebration of this unique and momentous occasion all his colleagues gathered together to have a party during which...

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