Leicester based company, BPW Limited, who last year invested in a second jig at its Leicester warehouse, has exceeded its manufacturing targets. This month it assembled its 100,000th trailer axle, well ahead of the projected schedule.
It all started in January 2010 when BPW Limited went through a major change as it began to assemble suspension systems at the company’s UK headquarters in Leicester. More than £500K was spent on the specialist equipment at the Leicester plant enabling assembly of both drum brake and disc brake axles for the Airlight 2 suspension system.
In November last year a second jig was installed, which was built specifically to assemble BPW’s latest suspension system, the ECO Air COMPACT. This new precision equipment, like its counterpart, accurately locates the trailing arm on the axle beam to ensure correct U-bolt tension. BPW has invested over £1m in installing both jigs which has meant it has increased its flexibility by being able to respond quickly to customer requirements. It has also meant an increase in jobs for the local workforce.
In talking about the record breaking number of axles off the assembly line, Steve Turton, BPW’s managing director said, “This is indeed testament to the skills of the UK manufacturing team. They were able to quickly adapt new processes and improve workflow to support and improve the continued growth of BPW Limited.”
BPW Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of BPW Bergische Achsen, Europe’s leading axle and suspension manufacturer for trailers and semi-trailers, and the UK market leader in the medium to heavy-duty axle field. The success of BPW running gear in the UK is, in part, due to the equipment’s features which provide operators with high performance, low maintenance components that ultimately offer a long term cost effective solution.
BPW Limited currently employs over 50 people at its headquarters on Meridian Business Park. The company’s sustained growth in the market, and its expanding portfolio of associated products will help to safeguard the jobs of local people. Its portfolio currently encompasses aluminium wheels, landing legs, telematics, composite air tanks and superstructures – innovative solutions and intelligent products for the heavy commercial trailer market – which is why many of the UK’s blue chip companies continue to specify BPW equipment for their fleets.