Turner-Spicer moves in
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DEMAND for the aluminium-cased version of the Turner-Spicer SST 10 splitter gearbox has reached such proportions that the company has invested £200,000 in new equipment at its Wolverhampton plant to be able to manufacture the casings in-house.
Previously the aluminium casings were shipped in from the Spicer Transmission Division in the USA.
According to Turner-Spicer it was necessary to "shorten the supply line" to avoid delivery delays to the oems and to this end the company is now also sourcing the aluminium casings in the UK.
Production of the SST 10 is now worth in excess of £1 m annually with the aluminium-cased version accounting for 13 per cent of current production.
Turner-Spicer predicts that this will rise to 40 per cent within the next year with Leyland, Scammell, ERF and Seddon Atkinson taking the aluminium version which offers a 55 kg (120Ib) weight saving over the cast iron type.