Leek Gears installs 4-axis machining center at Staffordshire site

Leek Gears managing director Cristina Talens and production manager Mick Harvey with the new machine. (Courtesy: Leek Gears)

Gear manufacturing specialists and precision engineers at Leek Gears installed its first 4-axis machining center at its factory in Leek, Staffordshire. The XYZ 750 LR machine was installed in May and will step up Leek Gear’s CNC machining capabilities, increasing opportunities in its UK markets.

The 750 LR machine will be used to machine a range of high-precision parts. With a travel axis of 750 x 440 x 500 mm, the machine will handle the majority of work coming through the factory. The new machine complements the range of Haas and Colchester CNC lathes currently employed at the Leek Gears factory and is part of an ongoing investment program to increase the capabilities and capacity of the business.

The new machine will allow the business to undertake more complex milling tasks quicker, more accurately and, ultimately, at lower cost to its customers.

The XYZ 750 LR vertical machining center. (Courtesy: Leek Gears. Copyright XYZ Machine Tools.)

Leek Gears has been in operation for more than 100 years and originally traded as Charles Leek & Sons.  With a strong background in precision gear manufacturing, Leek Gears has been successful in markets such as oil and gas, agricultural machinery, quarrying, and power generation. It also has considerable expertise in the manufacture of gears for steam engines and vintage motorcars, where owners appreciate the authenticity of some of its older gear cutting machinery.

Managing Director Cristina Talens said, “We are delighted to be investing in a new CNC machine at our factory in Leek. The new addition will help us to service a larger customer base and reach out to new markets. The Leek Gears business has been undergoing a strategic growth project focusing on developing key areas of the business to enhance the service we can offer to our customers. This includes offering gearbox refurbishment as a service, a complete factory 5S project, and a strong focus on strategic marketing and brand awareness.”

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