Laser specialist in £1m investment

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Sheffield cutting specialists Charles Day (Steels) has spent more than £1m on two new, high powered laser cutting machines to meet demand.

The firm, based on Downgate Drive, Sheffield, has bought two machines from Bystronic UK after the “extraordinary” success of two Bystronic lasers costing £1.5m bought in 2013.

Owner Jon Day said: “Even after the first week of operation we could see the added efficiencies these new lasers bought to the table. Our output increased dramatically which meant even shorter lead-times for our customers.”

The new machines excel at cutting thin, reflective metals such as aluminium, copper and brass which have often proved problematic on tradition lasers.

Fibre laser technology is an alternative to the conventional laser cutting process because it is faster, more reliable and uses less power.

The increase in capacity is set to increase productivity across a full range of sheet thickness up to 25mm.

The firm, which was set up in 1976, also offers flame, waterjet and high-definition plasma profile cutting services.

The laser purchases in 2013 were made with a six-figure sum from HSBC’s assisted asset purchase scheme and further aid from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund.

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

Bystronic UK is based in Conventry and makes laser cutting, waterjet cutting and bending systems

It has been established in the UK for more than 100 years as both Edwards Pearson and Pullmax UK.