Langford Lodge expands stainless steel component manufacturing

Contract to supply Lucas aerospace in Wolverhampton will provide much needed jobs boost in Northern Ireland

Langford Lodge Engineering, of Crumlin, has set up an extension to its manufacturing plant. The extension has been established to produce kits of mainly stainless steel components and deliver them directly to Lucas Aerospace drive shaft assembly lines in Wolverhampton. The agreement is expected to increase the workforce of 240 by about 40.

Four Index G300 mill-turning centres with bar magazines supplied by Geo Kingsbury and a Pfauter splining machine, which form the core of the machining capability, have been installed in the plant. Langford is also a subcontracted supplier of parts to Bombardier Aerospace, based in Dublin.

Gary McAreavey, operations manager at the plant explained: `We chose the same machine tool supplier for this project as the lathes were shown to be capable of turning 65mm stainless steel bar and completing all milling operations in one set-up, reliably, accurately and consistently despite the high workloads.’