AirSource Invests £280K in Manufacturing Plant

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Published: 26 January 2016


​AirSource, the Eccles-based manufacturer of heat pumps and commercial and industrial heating and air conditioning systems, has invested £280,000 in new plant to keep up with demand.

AirSource makes its systems for clients in the healthcare, education, retails and hotel sectors. The company has bought and installed a new press punch machine and test unit at its factory near Manchester. 
AirSource's new test rig
AirSource's new test rig
​The punch press, an Amada EMK2510+ auto loader, will help the business to cut and profile the sheet metal using to make air handling units and heat pumps. The new equipment, which cost £250,000, will help AirSource meet the growing customer demand for their products, and enhance their processes with 'just-in-time' manufacturing.

In addition to the punch press, the firm invested £30,000 in a new test rig, one of its own Tempair 33T heat pumps, which can deliver a variable volume of up to 2.7m³/s. The test rig enables them to test and develop new parts, provide hands-on commissioning training for engineers, as well as check and demonstrate their equipment to clients.

AirSource MD, Dave Clayton said:
"The investment in the punch press and the test rig demonstrates our commitment to future expansion, training and innovation and to the successful development of products for the building services market. It will help us dramatically improve our efficiency, particularly in the areas of quality, accuracy and productivity."
​The company is doing well. With a £4 million turnover and 40 employees, AirSource created five new jobs in 2015, which included a new sales manager covering the south of the UK, an apprentice and two trainees.