Alucast was formed in the late sixties and is based in the heart of the industrial West Midlands- an appropriate location for a company that offers a single-source supply of sand, gravity and high-pressure aluminium castings.
Facilities include a job/batch production aluminium gravity die foundry, along with a sand casting foundry with green sand and airset departments, these are complemented with an established high pressure foundry equipped with fully automated pressure die casting machines.
Although its production facilities are not permanently tied up with work for one or two major customers, Alucast can also undertake long runs when required, in other words Alucast is unlikely to tell you it cannot be done.
Alucast was established in 1967 by Mike Clayton, as a sand casting business making aluminium castings based in Bentley Mill Lane, Walsall before new premises where acquired in Leamore Lane, Walsall and a gravity diecasting department was added. With a dedication to growing the business in the Black Country, the owner acquired another casting business in 1973, Tipton Non-ferrous, on Dowty Street, Tipton and then in Ash Street Bilston by 1988.
1992 Saw the business interests acquired by Phil Roberts. By this time, the company had developed a ‘can-do’ philosophy such that it would not turn away very complex parts required for manufacture by its customers. The firm continued to expand with the opening of a pressure die-casting business on the Western Way Wednesbury site to give the business all three major aluminium casting processes.
In 2001, the manufacturing processes were restructured in one plant at Western Way, Wednesbury, the current Alucast site. Having enabled the company to grow from the original 5 employees, to a company with a £5M turnover and 79 employees, Phil Roberts retired in 2003.
Tony Sartorius (Chairman) and John Swift (MD) then took over the business. The company has continued to develop, acquiring a machining business in 2008, opening an Indian plant later in 2008 and growing sales to nearly £9.0m with 110 employees. The company has survived the ravages of the 2008-2009 downturn, which halved its turnover, but this has been restored to around £7.0m with 100 people now employed.
The company is now an award winning casting business well known in the Black Country, West Midlands, the UK and abroad, the company won the Manufacturer of the Year award in 2012. The company now exports more than one third of its product.
Alucast Ltd has experience of supplying components for almost every industrial sector, using the three manufacturing methods of Sand, Gravity Die (Permanent Mould) and High Pressure Die Castings.
Services Alucast Ltd Provide
High Pressure Castings
Castings produced at high production rates by injecting molten metal under pressure into a metal mould, it offers the user a means of obtaining dimensional accuracy and a good surface finish.
Gravity Die Castings (Permanent Mould Castings)
A widely used method of producing castings by pouring liquid metal into a permanent metal mould, and is more versatile than high pressure die castings.
The simplest method of casting aluminium and is chosen for small quantities and complex shape castings, it is often used for the manufacture of prototypes.
Low-pressure permanent mold casting
A new process planned to be introduced from December 2014, uses a gas at low pressure, usually between 3 and 15 psig (20 to 100 kPag) to push the molten metal into the mold cavity.
- October 2014
Western Way, Wednesbury, Walsall, WS10 7BW
Tel: 0121 5566111