Manufacturing and Engineering Magazine Volume 425 - January 2016 - Page 40

MANUFACTURING & ENGINEERING BRAFE ENGINEERING ENGINEERING THE FUTURE Brafe Engineering is one the UK's leading manufacturers of high-specification, special alloy castings Established in 1966, Brafe Engineering is one the UK's leading manufacturers of high-specification, special alloy castings. Most specifically, the company focuses upon investment and sand casting with a high mix – low volume approach, cast in high integrity materials and supported by full traceability and quality assurance to satisfy the growing needs of the modern industry client. And it is through adapting to these rapid changes in expectation which has not only allowed the company to prosper against keen competitors, but also enable it to offer the service necessary for its clients too, to compete and overcome their own respective challenges. Offering a complete, single service solution to clients, Brafe Engineering covers everything from consultation through to design, manufacturing, quality control and certification. Combined with an industry-leading turnaround of critical and challenging-to-manufacture components, this enables the company to 4 38 offer a truly reliable, yet flexible service for clients who would prefer the stability of one key manufacturing partner as opposed to managing a network of many. Commenting on some of the key industry challenges which have been observed most recently, Adam Dalby, Business Development Manager of Brafe Engineering illustrates: “Our industries have been demanding, but over the course of the last few years we have seen a huge increase in the level of expectation from our customers. This comes on three fronts: lead time, cost and quality. The expectation of improving quality standards whilst reducing lead times and lower costs is a difficult paradox to understand. That said, we are taking the necessary steps to try and tackle this increased expectation. Investing in people is key, the skills of our employees are paramount to us performing as a business in line with our customers’ requirements.“ And of course, with the manufacturing sector already facing considerable concerns with regard to skill shortages, Brafe Engineering has MANUFACTURING AND ENGINEERING MAGAZINE “the skills of our employees are paramount to us performing as a business in line with our customers’ requirements”