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Acro Engineering Boss Celebrates 2007 Success with 120km/h Sleigh Ride

East Anglian based precison CNC machining firm Acro had a very successful year 2007. So much so, that owner Fred Pain chose to celebrate its success with a once in a lifetime ride on a 120km/h bob sleigh ride. For 56 seconds Fred vibrated 'like a woodpecker' as the bob sleigh hurtled down its winding Olympic track in Lillehammer, Norway exerting five times the force of gravity with every high-speed bend.

 

 
 


"Blasting in and out of corners in a bob sleigh at 120hm/h is easily the most exhilarating thing I've ever done said," said Fred. "When I got out at the other end, all I could say was 'wow'. "It was terrifyingly fast and cornering at that speed was pretty violent, causing my glasses to fall to bits and several days of aching limbs.... but it was great fun and an amazing experience."

Acro Engineering specialises in providing machined parts for manufacturers. Using 24 hour unmanned computer-controlled machines, Acro has achieved a reputation for delivering high quality parts at world market prices. Last year saw a growth in turnover, profit and its customer base. Acro also invested in new machinery and expanded its machining workforce.

"Our performance during 2007 was well up on 2006," said Fred. "We won several new contracts and we were able to further update our machining technology. In fact, one of the most surprising contracts was with the oil industry in Norway, so it seemed appropriate that we should celebrate there."

Acro attributes a lot of its recent success to the global increase in metal prices and fuel prices. Whereas before, UK machining companies were finding themselves constantly competing with the low cost economies of the Far East and China, the recent price rises in metal and fuel have had a major impact on the cost of both the manufacture and shipment of metal components from these regions, slowly bringing their prices more into to line with those of the UK.

"The recent metal prices have really shook things up," said Fred. "We are now sent drawings that are quite old, where clearly the manufacturer has had a single supplier for sometime but now feels the need to shop around. This has been good news for us and it's been good to think we are winning work back from abroad."

Acro have further plans to introduce new machinery and expand their workforce during 2008. They are currently in discussion regarding several new high volume projects and feel very confident about the future of UK engineering.

"We really do feel that manufacturers are starting to value once again the quality of British engineering and the importance of having a close and supportive relationship with their suppliers," said Fred. "I'm looking forward to another exciting year and although I'm not sure how we'll celebrate 2008, I can only think that I must remember to take my glasses off next time!"

About Acro Precision Technology

With over 30 years' experience in the machining of precision engineering components, Acro represents one of Europe's leading suppliers to the engineering and technology sector. Acro offers specialist low volume prototype development as well as high volume manufacturing and is equipped with a broad range of modern CNC [Computer Numerically Controlled] machinery: -

· CNC lathes with live tooling and 24 hour unmanned production
· Swiss type sliding head automatics
· CNC milling
· Conventional turning/milling/finishing

Customer projects have included components for sports cars suspensions, bomb disposal robots, hospital beds, forecourt petrol pumps, the London Underground, equipment for off-shore oil exploration and production and components for the construction industry.

www.acro-eng.co.uk

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