For a company to be in business for more than 40 years, it needs to move with the times and customers’ changing needs – and that’s something that Alloy Heat Treatment does with constant contact with its customers about their needs.
Alloy Heat Treatment is the UK’s only specialist in the heat treatment of aluminium alloys, according to director Ian Perks. With more than 40 years’ experience as a subcontractor, the company is focused solely on heat treating aluminium products, rather than other metals. It offers a range of treatments to change the internal properties and strengthen the aluminium product.
Dudley-based Alloy Heat Treatment works with a diverse range of customers, mainly Tier 2 and 3 companies in the aerospace and automotive industries. The company holds NADCAP, AS 9100 accreditation, and preferred supplier status to many companies such as helicopter manufacturer Leonardo.
While there is constant demand of aluminium heat treatments, the company is careful to maintain its relevance to its customers. “We constantly ask our customer base whether they still want certain types of heat treatment,” explained Perks. “Should we be told they are looking for different types of heat treatment we will investigate investing those. We look where the demand is.”
This attitude has seen the company add services such as de-greasing for the aerospace industry – removing surface oils from components before they are heat treated – over the years.
Alloy Heat Treatment are long-term supporters of Made in the Midlands, having been members from the outset and Gold members for several years. This will be the fourth Made in the Midlands Expo the company will have attended, and Perks says they are planning to bring along a range of samples of their work, including a wheelchair produced for the Great Britain Men’s Wheelchair Basketball team, which includes aluminium strengthened by Alloy Heat Treatment.
“These wheelchairs take a battering so the company making it have had it fully heat treated to strengthen it,” said Perks. “It is more expensive, but the end product is better.”