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Asquith Butler to sell two new ranges of European machine tools
Asquith Butler to sell two new ranges of European machine tools
Asquith Butler to sell two new ranges of European machine tools

Asquith Butler to sell two new ranges of European machine tools

Added to MTDCNC by Asquith Butler Ltd on 26 February 2014

Asquith Butler, a long-established British manufacturer of large capacity, travelling gantry, vertical machining centres and travelling column, horizontal-spindle machines, has announced a major addition to its activities. The company has taken on two new agency lines of European-built machining centres from ZAYER and SAHOS to complement its existing sales agreement with Mubea Systems.

In a move to strengthen its position in marketing other manufacturers' machine tools, Asquith Butler will sell and service the new machine ranges throughout the UK and Ireland with immediate effect, the agreements having been signed in the run-up to MACH 2014.

Additional service engineers have recently been employed and the company plans to expand the workforce further as business grows.

The world-famous company and its former separate entities, William Asquith and Butler Machine Tool Company, have been manufacturing high precision, large capacity, prismatic metalcutting machines for over 140 years. They are to be found operating in diverse industries, including aerospace, automotive, defence, marine, power generation, rail and construction. Prestigious customers include Rolls Royce, JCB and BAE Systems in the UK and a host of leading overseas manufacturers.

Asquith Butler will continue production of its bespoke, 5/6-axis STARCUT travelling gantry and STARTURN mill-turn centres, each built to customer order at its Brighouse site in Yorkshire, where the administrative headquarters, technical centre and factory are located. However, its standard ranges of Powercentre and Starcentre models will be phased out.

Manufacture of large capacity turning and positioning tables from three to five metres square or diameter will continue, as Asquith Butler manufactures these for its own STARTURN mill-turn machines and also sells them to other large machine tool builders, including potentially its new principals.

Managing director and co-owner, Paul Hinchliffe, who took over the company a decade ago, said, 'Ours is now an unusual and very powerful business model within the machine tool sector.

'In future, the company will concentrate its activities in three main business areas, namely Special Products manufactured in-house, Support Services, and Distribution of principals' machines.

'We have a wealth of knowledge and experience gained during more than a century of design and manufacturing of advanced machine tools. Coupled with our proven track record for supplying quality spares and service support to our customers and a committed, dynamic engineering team working in a state of the art facility with the latest equipment, it enables us to provide the comprehensive services required to support both our own and our principals' products.”

'These engineering assets transfer seamlessly to all of the core business activities from our established support services function, which encompasses refurbishment, retrofit and maintenance of our own machining centres and those from other manufacturers. In addition, we provide applications advice and supply spares for thousands of Asquith Butler machines worldwide.

'Our latest activity is the new distribution business, selling European machines into the domestic market. We are delighted to be associated with ZAYER, SAHOS and Mubea Systems, all of whose products are of the highest quality. This enables us to offer a comprehensive range of machines across a very broad spectrum of industries. Key to this development is our ability to offer our customers the most cost effective options for the very latest machine technology, which is what we have been looking to do for some time.'

Considerable engineering input will often be involved when Asquith Butler installs its principals' machines. In addition to the possible addition of a rotary table, a configuration may include automation, chip management, tooling, and jigs and fixtures from within Asquith Butler's holding company, Kingsbury Jig & Tool Group.

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