Somerset manufacturer drives production back to the UK

A Somerset company which manufactures a range of high precision components for use in motorsports and the aerospace and defence industries has increased its turnover by 10 per cent and created five new jobs, after developing a new wheel product on site rather than offshoring production to China.

Talon Engineering is now able to supply customers who previously sourced components from overseas after benefiting from support from the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS).

Rob Sartin, Managing Director, Talon Engineering, explained: “We met with a number of advisors and consultants but MAS were the only ones that inspired us and fitted in with our company ethos. It was clear from the start that they could see the best way of improving our operations and understood the structure of the business and what we wanted to achieve.

“MAS carried out a strategic review of our business, which showed us that we needed to develop a smarter way of working and so we installed four new CNC machines that have enabled us to run ‘lights out machining’. This has meant we have been able to develop a new wheel for our customers in-house rather than outsourcing it to China, which has resulted in cost savings, shorter lead times and increased quality control. With improved quality procedures now in place we have also been able to successfully target the aerospace and defence sectors with a range of high tolerance components.”

Richard Taylor, MAS Advisor for Somerset, said: “It has been fantastic to see Talon enthusiastically engage with long term support from MAS. A Strategic Management programme provided them with clarity and confidence to improve business controls and enhance future growth. The company successfully recruited key staff and identified capital investment to expand into the aerospace and defence sectors. I’m confident the business will continue to go from strength to strength.”

Talon Engineering is based in Yeovil with 50 members of staff and exports to 51 countries worldwide.