As the UK's benchmark manufacturer of precision cutting tools, Industrial Tooling Corporation (ITC) has now expanded its Tamworth manufacturing plant. The company has acquired a neighbouring premises that will give ITC a demonstration area, additional warehousing and most importantly the space to almost double its cutting tool production capacity.
Purchased during the summer, ITC has invested heavily in the new 8,000sq/ft floor space to create a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant. Commenting upon the acquisition and the planned expansion of the Staffordshire business, ITC's Managing Director, Mr Peter Graves says: "Our business has grown substantially in the last few years and we have continued to invest in the most productive machine tools to maximise our productivity per square metre. The limited floor area was restraining our plans for growth, so the availability of the adjacent unit proved very timely."
The new 8,000sq/ft floor area has already been prepared with a demonstration area that will also provide the R&D team with a tool trialling facility for customers. The new factory will almost double the existing floor-space and this will provide the potential for an additional 20+ machine tools for the production of cutting tools. Additionally, an annex floor has been installed to provide extra office space. Eluding to this, Mr Graves continues: "We have already installed our first Rollomatic 620 grinding centre and we have a universal profile grinding centre from GSE Technology on order. These machines will provide additional capacity; and as we develop new products and extend our market reach, we will invest accordingly in the very latest technology."
The expansion marks a very exciting period for ITC, as it has recently become the UK distribution agent for the BIG KAISER brand and the indexable tooling line from Widia. As Mr Graves concludes: "Combining these prestigious brands with our UK manufactured high-quality cutting tool range now gives ITC greater market reach than ever before. We now have the product lines to provide a solution for all cutting tool enquiries; and with an ongoing recruitment process, we also have expertise to support these products. The addition of new product lines produced in the UK by ITC, as well as new ranges from BIG KAISER and Widia will be underpinned by our re-grind and tool servicing department, which will now expand to enhance customer experience and minimise lead-times."