The building structure of aerospace manufacturer Mettis’ new factory in Redditch, Worcestershire, has been announced. The plans were initially reported back in April, with the next phase of the project involving the installation of six new machines which will be fully automated to run 24 hours a day.
The company plans to start trials for the fully automated production of aerospace components later in the year, and aims to enter production in early 2020. The factory will enable the expansion of the company’s machining business, with components being produced using the onsite forges and machines in the factory. This will lead to a reduction in the processing and transporting time for customers.
Mettis has built the factory in response to a number of multi-million-pound aerospace contracts that were awarded to the company. The advanced levels of automation will enable Mettis to further reduce lead times for customers.
The new factory will be the first new facility of this scale Mettis has built in many years and demonstrates its commitment to manufacturing in the UK, creating jobs and investing in its future.