February 2015


By | February 28th, 2015|Uncategorized|

With new premises, quality partnerships and a proven reputation as a solution provider, 2D CNC Machinery means business. Installing a machine to fit exacting production requirements involves a huge investment in time and resource.  That is why 2D CNC Machinery offers a full turnkey service: from sourcing the machine, agreeing the specifications and liaising with third parties through to installation, training and offering full, ongoing technical support.  That is also why the company only uses high quality components from Roemheld. David Holden Director of 2D CNC explained:  “When you have [...]

Wakefield businessman wins prestigious regional business award

By | February 18th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Mark Ridgway OBE, DL the Managing Director of Group Rhodes, a Wakefield headquartered capital equipment manufacturer, has won a prestigious regional award in the EEF/Aldermore Future Manufacturing Awards. Mark Ridgway won the Manufacturing Champion Award, sponsored by Aldermore. The award celebrates the achievements of individuals who, through vision, dedication, hard work and tireless involvement, have made a significant contribution to UK manufacturing. Mark Ridgway will now go on to find out if he has won the national title at an awards gala dinner in London in April. Mark Ridgway [...]

January 2015

Project excellence – a key success factor for AP&T

By | January 27th, 2015|Uncategorized|

With a new project organization, AP&T has strengthened its ability to deliver complete sheet metal forming solutions with a focus on reduced cost of ownership for the customer. Rooted in a tradition of proud machine builders, AP&T has been delivering high quality equipment for sheet metal forming for fifty years. Today the company is a global player and a majority of the projects are complete production lines for advanced forming where the single machine is part of a complex solution that delivers a function to our customers. Part of [...]


By | January 16th, 2015|Uncategorized|

To date, Roemheld offers the only magnetic clamping plates with a control system that meets the new EN 289 press standard for plastic and rubber machines that came into force in January 2014. New controller on display on Roemheld stand The new Roemheld controller satisfies the highest safety requirements of performance levels “d” and “e” for mould monitoring, power supply, magnetisation and emergency stop.  All safety signals and error messages are displayed on the control panel, or can optionally be simultaneously transmitted via RS or Profibus interfaces to [...]

December 2014


By | December 20th, 2014|Uncategorized|

Roemheld’s successful rotor lock range has been extended to offer modular components that can operate in extreme conditions across all industries.  Originally designed for use during the maintenance of on- and offshore wind power plants, the hydraulic and electro-mechanical components have since been successfully used in the medical and sheet metal forming industries and in diverse applications including freeze-drying plants in the food industry and as door locks in amphibian vehicles. All Roemheld rotor lock components are low-maintenance and, as they meet the corrosion protection requirements for offshore platforms, with [...]

£500,000 sales boost for Worcester Presses as demand grows for coil handling systems

By | December 9th, 2014|Uncategorized|

The UK’s leading provider of power presses is setting its sights on a £500,000 boost this year, after it experienced growth in its coil handing and press feeding systems division.  Worcester Presses, which celebrates 65 years in business in 2014, has seen significant increases in the number of customers looking for bespoke press configurations. The majority of interest has come from a resurgent construction sector and from clients who have benefitted from the huge investment in the UK’s automotive supply chain. It has responded by increasing its range of Tomac [...]


By | December 8th, 2014|Uncategorized|

The new electronic pressure sensor from Roemheld offers stationary and mobile measurement of rotating or hard-to-reach sections of hydraulic clamping fixtures.  Designed for use with automatic manufacturing systems, transfer lines, assembly lines and rotary indexing fixtures and tables, up to 16 pressure sensors can be individually configured and monitored from a single receiver. Ideal for applications where wired connections are impractical or too expensive, the sensor uses radio transmission with a free-field range of up to 300m.  The sensor enables the pressure of single or multiple points to be checked [...]

From chrome trim to press hardened vehicle parts – AP&T celebrating 50 years in the sheet metal forming industry

By | December 8th, 2014|Uncategorized|

This year, 2014, AP&T is celebrating 50 years as a sheet metal forming equipment manufacturer. The journey began with three small engineering companies out in the Swedish countryside. In 1964, Stig Gunnarsson and Jan Merlander founded VIBAB, a tool manufacturer, in a small community called Blidsberg in the Swedish countryside. The rod cutting machines that the company initially sold were never much of a success. The business really first got off the ground when they decided to manufacture press tools for various industries. The company was sold to Junga Verkstäder [...]

Group Rhodes Receive Blue Plaque

By | December 8th, 2014|Uncategorized|

The new Mayor of Wakefield, Councillor Sandra Pickin, unveiled a Blue Plaque at Group Rhodes earlier this week.  The Wakefield based engineering firm received the award from The Wakefield Civic Society to signify the 190th anniversary since the firm’s founding in 1824. Madam Mayor of Wakefield, Coucillor Sandra Pickin, unveiled the Blue Plaque awarded to Group RhodesFrom Left to right:Kevin Tricket (President of the Wakefield Civic Society).Madam Mayor, Councillor Sandra PickinIan Ridgway (Chairman of Group Rhodes) Commenting on receiving the Blue Plaque, Group Rhodes Chairman, Ian Ridgway, said, [...]

November 2014

Japanese car part manufacturer selects AP&T

By | November 9th, 2014|Uncategorized|

Last year, AP&T delivered its first complete production line for press hardening in Japan. The company has now sold two more press hardening lines, this time to Futaba Industrial Co. Ltd., which is one of Japan's largest suppliers of car body parts to the automotive industry. "The transaction comprises process forming, integration, overall system control, presses, automation and tools. The first production line was installed at the end of May 2014, and an additional line will be built a few months later at Futaba Industrial Co. Ltd's facility in Okazaki, [...]