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Alucast recently attended Westminster with a group of industrialists and manufacturers, which was organised by the Made in the Midlands network. Alucast represented its own Black Country business as well as those in the MAN Group. The group toured both the House of Commons and the House of Lords and met up with Lorely Burt, MP for Solihull (educated and trained here in the Black Country) and Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills. Alucast and the other Black Country businesses were very interested to hear what the Government was doing to expand the component supply chain in the UK, and certainly were pleased to see that a practical and hopefully long-term approach, was being implemented by Mr Cable, to create a secure foundation for an industrial strategy in the country.

Alucast has expertise in casting and machining complex structural components for the automotive and other sectors and has received various accolades for its work on the Bugatti Veyron brake calliper project and the manufacture of parts for the Olympic Torch. It takes a very proactive stance in taking on apprentices, working with local schools and developing youngsters’ interest in engineering as a career. It has also worked with many other local businesses in the area to promote training so that the skills gap in engineers can be overcome.

This has been further expanded on by the recent visit of Brian Greenwood, who is part of the Department for Business Innovation & Skills, in Materials & Engineering.  He was given a tour of Alucast facilities, & discussed at length Alucast driving UK manufacturing towards improvements into the supply of Aluminium to OEM’s both here in the UK & abroad.

Expanding & improving is always at the forefront, & Alucast have recently acquired a new DMG horizontal machining centre to further bolster & develop its machining expertise, & also increase capacity.

Alucast’s Chairman is Tony Sartorius, and Managing Director is John Swift.