Brooks Forgings Ltd, a leading UK manufacture of forged, machined and fabricated components, is celebrating its 55th anniversary.
Established in 1960, the company has grown to become a leading UK manufacture of forged, machined and fabricated components. Thanks to a substantial expansion in 2010, the company’s facilities now cover an impressive 95,000 sq. ft. over two sites located in the West Midlands.
The expansion in 2010 saw the relocation of the manufacturing plant to a new 45,000 sq. ft. site, formally Hayes Tubes, located in Balds Lane, Stourbridge. This has given the company room to grow through continued investment in its capabilities, reinforcing its future in British Manufacturing.
Now with over 20 manufacturing processes including:
It is this diversification that enables the company to offer a ‘one-stop-shop’ service to its customers requiring forged, machined and fabricated components. One of the key advantages is improved lead times. For example, when components come off the forging line they can immediately move to a secondary operation such as hot bending or machining and then to final assembly/fabrication. This rotational method of production also offers full traceability and improved quality control.
The vacant manufacturing facility at Doulton Road, Cradley Heath, was fully refurbished to house new warehousing facilities, allowing a capacity of up to 2500 pallets of stock. Standard components are held in stock, enabling immediate despatch. Our warehousing facilities are offered to customers requiring orders on a ‘call off’ basis, primarily for components made to customers’ requirements.
Quality is of upmost importance in the manufacturing industry and Brooks Forgings are constantly keeping up-to-date and in conformance with the latest accreditations. The company currently holds Lloyds ISO 9001 for Quality, ISO 14001 for Environmental and OHSAS 18001 for Health & Safety. In 2014 the company was audited for and successfully obtained CE and National Highway Sector Scheme approval. These give us the independent checks and systems to monitor and improve our in-house performance, giving our customers the independent quality assurance that they expect.
Another step forward in quality management is the recently completed construction of a new central control room. This manages all aspects of production and will play a vital part in the continued growth of company. Several systems will be linked, including software controlled heating furnaces, CNC machines and computer terminals throughout the facility. The newly designed and built furnaces, 4 in total, are capable of reaching temperatures of 1300°C and feature a 7 day start up and shutdown timer along with a separate idle and working temperature setting. Computer terminals will enable us to fully monitor job performance and offer full ‘live’ route card tracking of components throughout production. Our 13 CNC machines now have full WIFI capability allowing remote programming and problem solving.