TR invests in UK plant 13 October 2021

TR Fastenings, part of the Trifast Plc group of companies, has taken delivery of a high performance CNC sliding head machine at its Hank® manufacturing facility in Uckfield, representing an important investment in its UK operations.

The SR-32JII Type A unit is a high performance sliding head lathe supplied by Star Micronics GB. Its utilisation will enable TR to get products to market faster and with more efficiency – a vital requirement during the economy’s post-Covid recovery. With pent up demand, the machine will work alongside the 50 existing units, enabling TR to meet the needs of customers.

Amongst its many benefits, the SR-32JII Type A offers greater accuracy, higher rigidity and, crucially, opportunities to expand productivity levels. Increased spindle power and more flexible tooling options will also help TR add to the number of products already manufactured at the plant.

Specialists from Star Micronics were on-site to commission the machine and to oversee relevant training for TR operators. The SR-32JII Type A weighs more than four tonnes and the installation and implementation process took four days.

“This purchase underpins our commitment to the future of British manufacturing and it represents our continuing faith in our East Sussex facility,” says Andrew Nuttall, European managing director of TR Fastenings. 

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