Manufacturing and Engineering Magazine Volume 425 - January 2016 - Page 32

MANUFACTURING & ENGINEERING HELIX TOOL COMPANY PRECISION & VALUE Helix clients benefit from an intimate, tailored approach that promotes productivity and cost savings Helix is more than a supplier. It is a holistic service partner whose time-served approach is underpinned by an ability to provide value to its customers’ commercial endeavours. Approaching its 22nd year in business the £5.5m turnover company has built its reputation on longterm relationships focused on providing the best possible solutions to customer needs. Indeed, each of its clients benefit from an intimate, tailored approach that promotes productivity and cost savings. The business, headquartered in Leeds and operating predominantly throughout Yorkshire, achieves this by understanding its customers’ commercial goals. Through its own extensive expertise, each client has its own dedicated applications engineer who will 4 30 work closely to identify where Helix can provide the optimum benefit for the process or processes in question. This could mean utilising new materials, increasing capacity or tool life, identifying production bottlenecks or benchmarking against a variety of criteria. The result is a complete solution driven by Helix’s ability to draw upon a wide range of branded products from original equipment manufacturers. It’s where its independence really distinguishes it from competitors and a big reason behind managing director Charles Robinson’s ambition to double turnover within five years. “The service has understandably developed significantly over the years,” he says. “Our aim in the early days was to be a technical enginee