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Further Quaser investment for machining specialist

When Newport Pagnell based North Bucks Machining invested in its first five-axis machine, the objective was to move the business into new areas not associated with its established mouldmaking expertise. And being situated in the heartland the UK’s burgeoning F1 industry, the company recognised there was a pool of work on its doorstep.

That was early in 2014 and the machining centre acquired was a Quaser MF 630U simultaneous five-axis unit supplied by the Engineering Technology Group (ETG). Such was the success of the investment and the volume of work it attracted that in October 2016 a second 630U was installed.

“The first Quaser was a landmark purchase for the business and it gave us the ability to become competitive and technically more proficient,” explains director Stewart Palmer. 

“The first Quaser enabled us to win a mould tool contract that had previously gone overseas. And of course it opened the door for us to compete for different work.”

Indeed, it was a motorsport related contract that triggered the second Quaser purchase.

“We won a contract to make suspension components for a Formula E electric race car and for several months of the year it pretty much takes the capacity of the first 630 machine,” explains Palmer. “Obviously that leaves us vulnerable for supplying all our other customers so an identical
five-axis was a logical next move.

Prior to its first Quaser investment the North Bucks team did extensive research, but Palmer’s previous experience with Bridgeport CNCs brought the company to ETG, which identified the Quaser five-axis
as the most suitable machine.

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