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Wrekin Sheet Metal saw Industry 4.0 transition as an opportunity to digitise certain areas of its operation to support core organisational strategies .

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“ Wrekin Sheet Metal ’ s transition to Industry 4.0 has been smooth as it saw the process as a journey , rather than a destination .”

Can SME manufacturers benefit from Industry 4.0 ? Is Industry 4.0 the domain of the big manufacturing corporates or can SMEs leverage real competitive advantage from digital transformation ?

Wrekin Sheet Metal , a fabrication and assembly specialist in Telford ( UK ), believes that Industry 4.0 adoption offers significant competitive advantage to SMEs . It was an early adopter of Industry 4.0 , which it believes has been ‘ transformational ’.
The company set a new strategy for growth in 2020 which included an investment of £ 1.6- million in new machinery . This included a new 4kW laser cutting system , a fully automated punch and an automated powder coating line . Its Year End accounts reported a 30 % increase increase on the previous year . Its future strategy aims to see the company achieving a turnover of £ 6 million by 2024 .
Early adopter
Wrekin Sheet Metal is an established sheet metal business in Telford that fabricates and finishes components and products from steel and aluminium predominantly . Its sheet metal fabrication solutions include laser cutting ; CNC punching ; CNC forming ; fabrication and welding ; finishing and assembly as well as powder coating .
“ We offer a supportive , end-to-end service , taking initial concepts from consultation , through to assembly and delivery , producing high-quality , precise sheet metal fabrication solutions , backed up by over 18 years of experience . A commitment to automation and the latest technology means that we offer lights-out manufacturing that works around the clock to meet just in time schedules and the tightest deadlines ,” it told ISMR .
“ We deliver across an extremely wide range
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