ParkerSteel elevates its manufacturing capabilities

In an era where steel supply chains face significant pressures and demand from end users has been tepid, the trend among stockholders has largely been to shy away from investing in new processing machinery that could enhance the value of their offerings. ParkerSteel stands as a notable exception.

Throughout 2023, ParkerSteel committed over £4 million to significantly upgrade its processing capabilities. The investment included the acquisition of two BLM tube laser cutting machines for its Dudley facility and an additional four machines for its Canterbury headquarters. The latter comprised a similar tube laser, a combined drill-and-saw, a mitre saw, and notably a cutting-edge flatbed fibre laser profiling centre from the BLM Group, sourced through the manufacturer’s UK subsidiary based in Ampthill.

The strategic investment, spearheaded by Managing Director Dylan Alexander, puts ParkerSteel at the forefront of the sector’s resurgence. The company’s diverse customer base, spanning construction, transport, agriculture, manufacturing, energy, marine, utilities, highways and mining, is set to benefit from an expanded portfolio of steel and aluminium products, including precision- cut billets for machining by OEMs and subcontractors.

ParkerSteel’s journey with laser cutting technology has been progressive and forward-thinking. Starting with ten CO2 machines in the early 2000s, the company transitioned to an automated fibre laser cutting centre equipped with twin 8 kW lasers in 2016. Despite its success, this upgrade posed new challenges, prompting Production Manager Michael Seager to seek a more flexible and reliable solution. The new 12 kW BLM LS7 4020 fibre laser cutting machine emerged as the ideal choice, offering not just operational efficiency and flexibility but also much- needed redundancy for uninterrupted production.

As ParkerSteel moves forward,its investment in the BLM LS7 4020 represents not just a commitment to technological advancement but also a strategic positioning for growth and innovation in the steel industry.