Birley’s hi-tech approach

Computer skills: Steve English and CAD engineer Mick Oxley
Computer skills: Steve English and CAD engineer Mick Oxley
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STATE of the art manufacturing techniques still can’t replace the need for skilled joiners and sheet metal fabricators at Birley Manufacturing Solutions.

Although the company has invested significant sums in CNC woodworking machines and leading edge planning systems in recent years, the demands clients place on the business are such that there will always be jobs that machines can’t do.

“We are predominantly a joiner and sheet metal worker, but we don’t sell out of catalogues, we sell a service that is bespoke for our clients,” says managing director Steve English.

“Generally, we develop a design with our clients. Sometimes we work with designers who might have a concept which we turn into something that is cost effective and can be manufactured.

Birley’s eight-strong CAD team split their activites between design for the client and design for manufacturing. The company also boasts a team of project managers that will ensure the client gets what they want, where and when they want it and can also coordinate the arrival of equipment from other suppliers.

Products can be fully or partly assembled at Birley’s Sheffield site and then, in the case of a major roll out, warehoused and delivered when needed by Birley’s two teams of permanent fitters or trusted freelances.

In all, the company employs just under 90 people, 50 on the shop floor, and its growth in recent years means that it has been setting on bench joiners and sheet metal workers as well as recruiting apprentices in four of the last five years.