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Dundee’s GA Sliding Head on track for growth after £300,000 investment

A Dundee-based manufacturing firm has targeted further growth after announcing a £300,000 investment to enhance its existing machining capability.

GA Sliding Head, part of Pryme Group, is a specialist provider of integrated manufacturing solutions for the oil and gas, defence and automotive industries, with particular expertise in precision sliding head CNC machining.

Steve Bruce

Two new Star CNC lathes with their high-frequency turning option have been added to the company’s suite of equipment and will bring a range of benefits, including greater speed and efficiency for client projects.

As well as an increase in the maximum diameter size of the sliding head from 33mm to 35mm, the new machinery will allow the business to cater for ‘exotic’ materials including super duplex, titanium Iconel and other nickel alloys.

The company, which currently employs 36 people, has already received additional work orders with clients because of these improved capabilities.

GA Sliding Head is on track to increase turnover from £2.35m to £2.6m for its April 2018 year-end. The business is targeting turnover of £5million by 2020.

Steve Bruce, general manager at GA Sliding Head, said: “Our commitment to enhancing the company’s existing capabilities will not only allow faster turnaround times for clients’ projects, but it has already resulted in several opportunities for our team to quote for high-profile projects with some success.

“This wouldn’t previously have been possible due to the necessary timescales and complexity of working with certain valuable materials. Now that we have added this capability, it brings opportunities for our team to work on more complex parts.”

Angus Gray, CEO of Pryme Group, said: “The team at GA Sliding Head is continuing to perform above expectations and achieve growth across a broad range of industry sectors on the back of this recent investment.

“As part of our long-term vision to grow the business, we have the right people and equipment in place to capitalise on opportunities as they present themselves.”

Based at the city’s West Pitkerro Industrial Estate, GA Sliding Head is a trusted provider of CNC machined components in the 0.5mm to 38mm diameter range for many of the world's leading manufacturers in the oil and gas, telecoms, aerospace, defence, medical and automotive industries worldwide.

With 26 CNC machines available, the company has one of the largest arrays of star sliding head machines in the UK and can offer up to nine axis machining capability in a wide range of materials.

The business provides individual sub-contract services from machining to plating, through to full turnkey supply and testing. It works with both small local manufacturers through to large multinational companies shipping parts throughout the UK and overseas.

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