Sourcing some of the hottest industrial sectors as part of a global green push has generated Â£ 10million in revenue and 10% growth for the third generation family business and its 90 employees in Hythe, Kent. Custom producer of parts, tools, electroplating and busbars (crucial metal bands carrying electrical currents), Wooding’s subcontracting services range from design and prototyping to assembly and testing of products.
Known for its fast turnaround times – in some cases 24 hours from idea to delivery, customers are diverse and high-end such as General Electric and Rolls Royce, while its components have also helped fuel the great CERN hadron collider, the world’s largest particle accelerator.
Innovation and a determination to continue to improve has kept the business resilient, allowing it to survive downturns and customers moving to lower cost savings.
The most significant positive impact has been the investment in equipment, including ultra-precise laser cutters totaling Â£ 1.5million which increased capacity and a new Bruderer press allowing manufacturing to go home. Wooding from abroad with a new aerospace contract.
âOur sales are expected to increase by 20% because of this,â says managing director John Wooding.
âWe are not a mass supplier. Our service is about quality, tailor-made solutions, a wide range of manufacturing methods and inputs, including technical expertise to add value at every step of the process. Thanks to our experience, we can advise you on the possible and the impossible.
The company, which contributed to the nationwide fan production challenge last year, has moved quickly to jump on new trends emerging in the wake of Brexit and the pandemic.
âSupply chain disruptions, quality issues, rising material costs and transportation costs have made customers aware of the benefits of localized commerce,â he says. âWe have re-engaged with old customers and are now completing orders relocated from Spain. “
The Covid and the pandemic have also caused a reassessment. âWe took a critical look at how to be more efficient and lighter,â adds Wooding.
Having established itself in the electric vehicle market thanks to its busbars for batteries and transmissions (the part that powers the wheels), the company is running to be part of the Faraday Battery Challenge, a new $ 318 million project fund. of pounds sterling to build sustainable battery manufacturing. industry in the UK.
âOur goal is to develop a solution to insulate busbars according to specific electrical characteristics, a current problem for customers and a solution in which we could excel and impact future technologies,â says Wooding.
âThe next five years offer tremendous manufacturing and skilled employment opportunities for young people. We can show the world what the UK has to offer.