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Succession Planning at Almond Engineering, April 2016

Succession Planning at Almond Engineering

Almond is delighted to announce the appointment of David Scalley as our next Managing Director. Willie Scott our present MD has been with the company since the day we started in 1979 and having been MD for a large part of this is keen to take a step back and spend a little more time enjoying his life outside of Almond. David will have a full and detailed handover from Willie over the coming three months after which Willie will step back to Technical Director where he will continue to add tremendous value to our clients we hope for many years.

David is an experienced MD having started as a time serviced engineer and progressed through production engineer to workshop manager and then to MD. We are delighted to welcome David to the company.

Chris Smith
Chairman

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Almond Doubles Factory Space, August 2015

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Almond have been operating at full capacity for some time now (and frequently a little beyond full capacity) so have taken the plunge, investing in doubling our factory space. We have now acquired 3b Fleming Road, a mirror image of our present factory in 3a, using the additional space to reorganise the work areas and add new machines.

3a will now house our machining, cleaning, inspection and packaging centre, whilst 3b will provide a new home to our fabrication & design teams as well as providing a dedicated assembly and machine build area. We still have some work to do in order to complete the move but are planning a grand opening in November. More details to follow soon!

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NEW Hurco 5 Axis VMX42SRTi at Almond Engineering, January 2015

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Almond Engineering Ltd are very excited to announce the next phase of our investment within the Milling section. In April we will be taking delivery of a new Hurco 5 Axis VMX42SRTi which has a table size of 1270mm x 610mm. This will enable us to be even more competitive on complex or multiface machined components and give us additional capacity within the CNC section.

We are looking forward to bringing our 5th Hurco to Almond Engineering and will keep you updated as and when it arrives.

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Investment in Energy Efficient Compressors, May 2014

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Following recent investments in additional machining capacity at Almond Engineering, the old compressed air system was beginning to wheeze a little. We therefore installed two Gardner Denver compressors, with the duty machine being variable speed, and a fixed speed machine acting as an assist when demand peaks. 

The new machines have several advantages beyond reliability and capacity: their noise level is far lower than the old machine; they pump out less heat into the factory; and the energy usage is far lower, so good for the environment as well as the bank balance.

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Deans Community High School, UPDATE: January 2014

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Almond Engineering is proud to be working with Deans Community High School and teacher David Dodds to support two teams the school has entered in the F1 for Schools competition. Stephen Burrows (Designer) and Chris Smith (Chairman) recently met both teams to give some support on material selection and designing for manufacture. Almond Engineering will also manufacture the cars wheels to the designs of the students. Both teams were very switched on and have produced excellent designs; we are looking forward to seeing their completed cars and wish them every success in this competition. 

We have now participated in several STEM activities with the school and we are really enjoying the enthusiasm and interest of the students and staff alike. We hear a lot about the skills shortage in Precision Engineering and it is great to see schools like Deans working to make students aware of, and equip them for, opportunities in engineering. 

Celebrating Expansion, April 2016

Almond Engineering celebrated its expansion by throwing open its doors. The new premises complementing Almond Engineering's current factory is adjacent to their original building and houses their design and fabrication department. "Our success is not only attributed to our engineering expertise and the talented people we employ, but the support we get from our partners. This includes Clydesdale Bank, West Lothian Council, Scottish Engineering and our valued clients, many who are here today," said Chris Smith, Chairman. Bryan Buchan, CEO of Scottish Engineering, and Councillor Cathy Muldoon, Depute Leader of the Council, marked the occasion by racing a model F1 car, built by Deans Community High School pupils, down a 12 metre race track.

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Almond Continues to Partner Deans Community High School, August 2015

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For the second year running, a team from Deans Community High School reached the World Final of the prestigious international F1 in Schools Competition. Almond is proud once again to have provided Design support to the team, also manufacturing components for the students' final design. It is a genuine pleasure to work with the students at Deans; their enthusiasm and drive is infectious. We believe that anything which encourages the STEM subjects is to be applauded. Scotland needs the brightest and best to be our engineers of the future.

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5 Axis Machining Comes to Almond, August 2015

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Almond has recently taken delivery of our first 5 Axis Machine, and after a period of intense training, we are now producing our first parts from this machine. The Hurco VMX42SRTi gives us a big work surface and huge flexibility. This additional capability now allows us to take on more complex jobs, and also reduces the delivery times we can offer on our more conventional work.

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New Manual Lathe at Almond Engineering, May 2014

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Almond Engineering has just taken delivery of a new Colchester Mascot V2000 manual Lathe. Managing Director Willie Scott commented that 'Even in a factory such as ours, fully equipped with the latest CNC equipment, a high quality manual lathe is invaluable.  Some jobs are simply quicker on a manual and it is great to give our apprentices extensive manual milling and turning experience before training the on the cnc machines.' 

This completes a period of investment in the turning section of our precision machine shop aimed at increasing our capacity, flexibility and efficiency.  Almond’s next planned investment is in additional CNC milling capacity.

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Deans Community High School, August 2013

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Deans Community High School has a fantastic Design, Manufacture and Graphics programme, and over the last few years has even equipped an engineering workshop specifically for this purpose. After a recent meeting with Teacher David Dodds, Almond Engineering is delighted to be able to support the school, initially by supplying materials for the students to work with.

Almond Chairman, Chris Smith, commented that ‘as a Precision Engineering company with 34 years in Livingston and an active apprenticeship programme (we currently have 3 apprentices), we firmly believe that encouraging and teaching engineering is vital for our national future. Almond are very much looking forward to maintaining a long-term partnership with the School.’

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Almond Engineering orders new Mazak, August 2013

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We are very excited to have ordered our first multitasking mill/turn machine. The machine – with a maximum machining diameter of 380mm, a turned length of 1.5m and full y axis milling capability – will enable us to be even more competitive on complex or multiface machined components.

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© Almond Engineering Limited, 2013    //    tel: 01506 410 880    //    email: info@almond.co.uk