MetLase, which is a joint venture between Rolls-Royce and Unipart, has been announced as the tooling and fixture partner for Boeing’s newly constructed Sheffield facility in a deal that will initially increase the workforce by 15%. The contract seals a record year for the mechanical engineering specialist.
Using its 3D design capabilities, laser-cutting technology, and patented assembly and joining systems, Metlase will create lightweight, optimised machining fixtures designed to hold 11 different castings used in the production of actuation system components for the 737, 767 and 777 passenger jets. This contract with Boeing is the latest in a line of business wins that include strategic partnerships with blue-chip companies in sectors such as automotive, aerospace and energy – marking a 70% annual increase in sales for the Sheffield-based firm.
“The long-term agreement with Boeing marks a new chapter for our business as it will enable us to become an integral part of its future plans to develop intelligent and connected fixturing and tooling solutions,” explains Steve Dunn, managing director at MetLase. “Our unique approach and technology will see us produce optimised fixtures that are lighter than traditional alternatives, can be produced in weeks as opposed to months and, importantly, through our design iteration service, can be continually improved to deliver the best possible performance.
MetLase, which employs 25 people at its 12,500 sq ft facility at the AMP Technology Centre, started delivering the fixtures last month as part of a three-year contract.
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