MCS celebrates 25th anniversary with growth and record investment


Ambitious Midlands based high precision machinists Machined Component Systems Plc are celebrating a significant growth in turnover in what is an exciting 25th anniversary year for the business.

The growth in turnover has been complimented by a record investment in six new CNC machine tools, as the company looks to expand further in 2012 by specialising in parts that others simply cannot produce.

The company, which employs 34 people at its 25,000ft² facility in Redditch, has made the significant investment to not only maintain its partnership sourcing relationships with a host of blue chip manufacturers, but also to build on its ever-effective role that has proven to extend these companies’ manufacturing capabilities.

MCS supplies a range of turned/milled/drilled parts and precision engineered machined components to customers in industry sectors as diverse as automotive, petrochemical, environmental, transport, marine, healthcare and white goods.

Managing director, Warren Gray, is quick to point out that in his opinion, MCS is not just another engineering company: “Our continuous investment in equipment and our people working with a positive 'can do' philosophy sets us apart in our ability to work in close collaboration with customers in providing cost-effective, high quality machining solutions.”

The MCS customer commitment, he stresses, is based on long-term supply agreements that often start with product development and design input, and also embrace open book costing.

Established in 1986 by Warren’s father Jim, now chairman, quality was paramount from the start – the company gained BS5750 in its first year and today is accredited to BS EN ISO 9001:2008 and to ISO 13485:2003 for medical devices.

“The strong driver of continuous improvement in every facet of the business naturally embraced the introduction of one hit machining,” continues Mr Gray, “and the initial machines for such a strategy were introduced during the late 1980s. However, it was the introduction of Tornos, Doosan and Miyano machines – from Tornos Technologies, Citizen Machinery UK and Mills Manufacturing that emphasised the benefits in captivating this technology through cost-effective machining times and finished machined quality,” he insists.

However, as MCS continues to invest in its own future and that of its customers, Mr Gray also points to the company’s recent reinstatement of apprenticeships as a sign in his view that any recession in manufacturing may be over. “We regularly invest in equipment; so, investing in the workforce is another measure of our confidence in the future,” he concludes.

In addition to the investment in people and new state of the art CNC technology Mr Gray has also embraced Social Media and for industry insights and to follow the progress of MCS you can follow Mr Gray at #CNCMachiningUK on Twitter.