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    NAA Member Company Profile: Norlec Sheet Metal Limited

    Norlec Sheet Metal is one of the leading sheet metal manufacturing companies in the UK, with one of the largest ranges of CNC sheet metal machinery.

    The company is a manufacturer, fabricator, finisher and assembler of sheet metal products, with a focus on the production of steel components, fabrications and assemblies. It provides products and services to original equipment manufacturers throughout a wide range of industries, including construction equipment, agricultural equipment, automotive, trains and heating, with customers including JCB (earth moving equipment) and Alstom (transportation).

    In March 2009 Norlec Sheet Metal Limited bought the business of Norlec Engineering Limited, which had been established for over 20 years as a supplier to major OEMs.

    The company has grown through 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, increasing its turnover year-on-year despite the difficult economic climate. It is now in a strong position to grow with its extensive capacity to take advantage of future improvements in the global economic situation.

    The current trend is for customers to concentrate on core products and to outsource internal sheet metal manufacture. Norlec is therefore developing partner relationships to become a full service supplier. This service includes design and new product development, working with the customer on process development (ie. taking out cost) and on project development (ie. ensuring a quality product on time).

    Norlec’s product design capability is in significant demand; an experienced team is capable of not only assisting customers with design, but is also able to transform drawings into production data. The optimisation of processes and of sheet steel utilisation reduces cost for the customer.

    The company employs 65 people with a wide variety of skills, including experienced CNC punch, laser and fold operatives, coded welders, skilled painters and powder coaters. Norlec can offer reduced lead times through EDI scheduling, and just in time supply.

    Norlec has a large modern factory, approximately 55,000 ft² (4,600 m²), with a two-storey office block on a modern industrial estate with good links to motorways. It is a large, well-organised site with 2.75 acres of developed factory/offices and car parks, with planning permission granted for a factory extension of 8,000 ft² (800 m²). There is also a further 1.2 acres of development land for future expansion.

    To find out more about Norlec contact John Haworth, Managing Director, on 01772 643643.

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