Constant investment in equipment and people means that Mapal is at the forefront of precision tooling in the Midlands.
Mapal, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in the UK last year, is a precision tooling company with full manufacturing facilities, meaning the company can make new tools - including PCD and fine boring tools - carry out repairs to these and also to drills and carbide tools, according to Abi Lowe, senior sales and marketing co-ordinator at Mapal.
In the past year, Mapal, which is headquartered in Germany but employs about 50 people at its UK site in Rugby and further 14 in Northern Ireland, has invested significantly to expand its capabilities in this country. “We had about £1 million investment into our workshop last year expanding and buying new machines,” said Lowe. “We are always looking at innovation to be at the forefront. This investment means we can reduce our import of goods. Some of our competitors in the UK are distributors, whereas we have full manufacturing capabilities.”
Lowe added that Mapal has also purchased Rainey Engineering in Northern Ireland, which will become Mapal’s centre of competence for carbide tooling for drilling and milling. Further investment will be made over 2019/2020 in the company with putting new machines into the workshop and such like.
Mapal also invest heavily in their staff. For instance, Mapal employ two to three apprentices each year: “We are looking to build up that product and manufacturing knowledge for the future,” said Lowe. “We take on apprentices, train them and then they can work their way up - for instance, our current MD started with Mapal on the grinding section of the workshop. We can also send our apprentices to the Mapal academy in Germany for further training.”
The company is making its debut at this year’s Made in the Midlands Expo and will be showcasing some of the tools it makes for the aerospace and automotive machining sectors. “We’re looking forward to it,” said Lowe.Back