Rotary friction welding

Halesowen-based manufacturer Thompson has bucked the economic downturn by announcing record levels of international orders for its rotary friction welding machines.

The company has an annual turnover of more than £20m and has recently made plans for a multi-million pound expansion programme that will see the launch of a new range of machines that use linear friction welding technology.

Final commissioning has been carried out on the E100 model, which is claimed to be the largest machine of its type.

The E100 can weld parts up to 10,000mm2.

It is aimed at industries such as power generation and aerospace.

Thompson’s linear friction welding machines allow component makers to join parts horizontally and vertically.

Thompson claims that this provides benefits in terms of cost and the range of materials used.

Nick Edge, Thompson’s global sales manager, said: ‘In spite of the worldwide financial crisis, business remains buoyant for our rotary friction welding machines and the addition of a new range that utilises linear friction welding technology will enable us to expand further into new markets such as aerospace.’