MP Catherine hears about Spincraft’s space plans

Catherine McKinnell MP has heard more about a local engineering firm’s exciting plans for the future during a recent visit to one of their Newcastle plants.

Spincraft UK specialises in using precision metal-forming technologies to design, develop, manufacture and export parts for the defence, aviation, energy, medical and space sectors.

Formerly known as the Metal Spinners Group, the long-established local firm has two advanced manufacturing plants in Newcastle – one on the Newburn Industrial Estate and one off Scotswood Road – and changed its name to Spincraft after being acquired by the US-owned Standex Engineering Technologies Group back in 2011.

Spincraft UK has unique capabilities, using cold and hot forming techniques, to CNC (Computer Numerical Control) spin and press complex geometric metal products in thicknesses up to 135mm and 4.2m in diameter. The firm is now aiming to use its pioneering technology and R&D capabilities to expand further into the burgeoning space sector.

During her visit, Catherine spoke with several of Spincraft’s long-serving staff – with many of the workforce having been with the company for several decades – and heard more about their firm’s planned work with Walbottle Campus students to support the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) curriculum.

Catherine said:

‘It’s really exciting to know that world-leading technology developed and manufactured here in Newcastle is winging its way into space – but even more so to learn that we could be playing a leading role in this growing international industry in the years to come.

‘I am looking forward to supporting Spincraft’s plans for the future.’

Mike Hutchinson, Spincraft’s Operations Director, said:

‘In Newcastle we have a hugely committed and experienced team who are helping drive us in to both aviation and space markets, which will secure the long term. UK plc has a huge opportunity in the space sector and, with assistance from Government in providing a conducive environment, we can create our own local centre of excellence in our field.’