New day dawns for laser specialists

Charles Day (Steels) managing director Phil Wooffinden, left, and Andy Richert, from laser firm Bystronic.

Charles Day (Steels) managing director Phil Wooffinden, left, and Andy Richert, from laser firm Bystronic.

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Metals cutting specialist Charles Day (Steels) has expanded its capabilities and is creating new jobs after investing £1.5 million in two high-powered laser cutting machines.

The firm, based on Downgate Drive, Sheffield, has invested in the new laser cutting machines with the help of a six figure sum from HSBC’s Assisted Asset Purchase Scheme and further aid from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund.

Charles Day chairman Jonathan Day, said: “These new machines open up new markets and enable us to cut yellow metal such as copper and brass by laser, which we haven’t previously been able to do.

“They are also very efficient machines and are cheaper to run than conventional lasers. The machines are fed by an automatic material handling system feeding two lasers, giving us lights out operation, thus reduced costs for our customers.

“Combined with our sister company, The Laser Cutting Company, Charles Day has one of the largest laser cutting capacities in the country, giving our customers a very flexible production partner. The support of HSBC and the Regional Growth Fund has been integral to the success of this investment.”

Mick Knowles, HSBC South Yorkshire area commercial director, added: “Steel is synonymous with Sheffield, and Charles Day (Steels) has forged a fantastic reputation in this area.

“The company is continuing to invest and innovate despite the current economic environment, which is testimony to its belief in the strength of the business. We are pleased to have been able to support this investment and look forward to working with the company going forward.”

Charles Day (Steels) set up in 1976, providing a flame cutting service, and now offers laser, waterjet and high definition plasma cutting services, in addition to flame cutting.

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