Oscroft press ahead by investing £2m


Following a period of sustained growth a Redditch based manufacturer has made a significant investment in their business, in doing so they are calling for the next generation of engineers.

AE Oscroft & Sons Ltd (AEO) have invested in excess of £2m in their family owned business. In doing so they have successfully expanded and re-sited it from an 18,000 sq ft property in Pipers Road, to a 53,500 sq ft property in Heming Road, Redditch.

This commitment allows the business to service their customers with new tooling solutions. It also provides a preventative maintenance facility and a continuous improvement base. Ensuring their customers have complete satisfaction by providing them with more efficient lead times and competitive prices.

To further enhance their tool room capabilities AEO invested a further £300k in state-of-the-art equipment, including a new Sodick CNC Wire-cut EDM and a Haas 3D vertical machining centre, enabling them to process and manufacture tooling more accurately and efficiently.

Managing Director, Chris Oscroft said: “One of the most important aspects of the expansion of the tool room is the additional staff required to help us grow further. We want to further invest in the young people of this country, enhancing their skills through training and apprenticeship schemes for future manufacturing.  

"Our growth demonstrates our commitment to our customers, employees and community. We have focused on developing our business skills and to cater for all their needs."

The investment in a tool manufacturing facility and the CNC equipment is just the first example of this.  The future aspiration for the growth of the company is strategically aligned to meet the requirements of the manufacturing sector. With the added installation of biomass heating and solar panels, AEO are making their vision a reality ensuring their employees, customers, suppliers and the community all have a great experience.

Charles Addison, Chief Operating Officer at Made in the Midlands added: "AEO's investment signals a real return to confidence, not just for them but for manufacturing as a whole. Their continued growth, first class commitment to their customer base and the nurture of fresh talent all bodes well for the future."

The family owned business, established in 1947, has future plans to expand their facilities, enabling them to take on larger projects to position and establish them as a leading provider of press tools.

Mr Oscroft concluded: “Our investment means that we can enhance our offer, providing customers with a full consultative service to assist them with the design and development of prototypes. Our involvement in the process also ensures a quality component or assembly that is fit for purpose and economical to manufacture. Our ultimate aim is to provide our customers with a one stop shop, our motto “The answer’s yes, what’s the question?”


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