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Derbyshire’s Carfulan Group receives £175,000 order boost

Derbyshire’s Carfulan Group receives £175,000 order boost

Carfulan Group has heralded MACH 2024 as its best yet after sealing more than £175,000 of orders and securing over 800 more leads to explore after the event.

Sales Director Rob Thompson believes the firm’s ability to offer a single-source solution for advanced measurement, 3D printing and software technologies made all the difference with customers coming from precision engineering, sub-contract manufacturing, aerospace, automotive and, interestingly, academia.

OGP’s new E-Series E7, a best-in-class multi-sensor measurement system, made its UK debut and was immediately purchased by Continental Diamond Tool, whilst Metaltech Precision invested in a Smile 420 tool presetting system - with Pilot 4 software - from ZOLLER UK.

Carfulan Group also saw significant interest in its VICIVISION offer, with Oracle Precision, TNC Precision Ltd and CNF Precision purchasing a Techno M306, Prima 306 and the Metrios Cross respectively.

“Everything in manufacturing is getting more precise and companies are desperately striving for greater control when it comes to quality through their measurement devices,” explained Rob, who has been with the company for more than 15 years.

“Real time data, which allows them to change tooling set-ups to optimise performance and avoid costly reworks, continues to be in demand and plays perfectly into our hands when it comes to our range of technology and our new software platforms.”

He continued:

“We invested heavily into creating one of our largest ever stands at MACH 2024 and it paid off, with 18 different machines on display and ready to be demonstrated.

“This wealth of technology pulled in so many visitors and we found that potential clients came on for one solution and ended up looking at two or three other technologies from us.”

Carfulan Group, which helps more than 500 companies to work smarter and faster, has seen revenues rise by 14% to £19.2million, creating six new jobs as a result.

Significant investment in boosting its sales team and several new product releases by its OGP UK, SYS Systems, ZOLLER UK, VICIVISION UK, Metrios UK, Prolink UK and DISCUS brands have been behind the expansion, with the family-run business now setting its sights on meeting a £40m target by 2030.

It has invested more than £2.5m in creating an advanced innovation centre in Derbyshire, which showcases all its six technologies and software solutions, including Prolink and DISCUS. The last two help with real-time data monitoring and ballooning complex drawings into First Article Inspection Reports respectively.

From this base, the company can explore how its advanced metrology, 3D printing, tool presetting and data management software solutions can be tailored to suit the end-use of customers, as well as offering extensive after care support, training, servicing, and maintenance.

Chris Fulton, Joint Managing Director of the Carfulan Group, went on to add: “A key ‘pain point’ of visitors to our stand was that they didn’t know enough about what each technology could do and the difference it could make to their business - that’s where the live demos and the ongoing education piece are so important.

“MACH 2024 was an enormous success and really encouraging to see the volume of companies attending the show and those showcasing the strength of the UK manufacturing industry.”

He concluded:

“Now the attention turns to the next show, and we are excited to build on this year’s record-breaking success at MACH 2026, where we will again be showcasing new technologies and software programmes, as well as more manufacturing solutions than ever before.”

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