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07 Sep 2016
Tufcot is manufactured from synthetic fibres and thermosetting resins

Tufcot is manufactured from synthetic fibres and thermosetting resins

Composite material manufacturer Tufcot has invested in a new CNC lathe that will cut lead times on finished and semi-finished components.

The lathe, a Doosan Puma 3100 lathe supplied by Mills CNC, joins four existing Doosan lathes acquired by the company since 2007.

The new Puma is being used to manufacture, using ‘dry’ machining strategies and techniques, high-precision finished and semi-finished Tufcot components that include spherical bearings, bushes, flanged bushes, washers, wear pads and hydraulic wear rings for.

Tufcot’s managing director, Greg Majchrzak,said: “We are continually improving and refining our products and services to customers. An integral part of this company-wide continuous improvement programme involves investing in the latest and most advanced CNC machine tool technologies. Doosan machines combined with the back-up, service and technical assistance provided by Mills CNC help us reduce lead times and ensure we are able to manufacture high-quality and high-precision products.”

Tufcot, established in 1981 by directors Len Wheat, Elvin Majchrzak and Michael Majchrzak had, like many successful start-up businesses, relatively humble beginnings. Previously employed by British Steel in Sheffield, the three directors had a combination of over 40 years’ experience in the plastics and composites industry.

They initially used their collective expertise to serve a relatively small number of customers by first producing and supplying Tufcot semi-finished products - laminates, tubes, rods - and later, adding machining and a range of Tufcot finished products that included wear pads and bushes.

The company now employs over 40 people. It has moved premises four years ago to a modern manufacturing plant and now has an international distribution network supplying Tufcot® products around the world. It has recently acquired Lloyd’s Register Type Approval for its T100MP grade for pintle and pintle rudder bearings used in the ship building and ship repair sectors.

Tufcot is manufactured from synthetic fibres and thermosetting resins. Its physical and mechanical properties make it an ideal self-lubricating and hard wearing bearing material with a low co-efficient of friction.

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