Calder Groups Announces New Precision Engineering Division

Calder Group has launched Calder Precision Engineering, a wholly owned division, integrating the knowledge, capability, capacity and technologies from its three precision engineering businesses: Midland Aerospace, Helander Precision Engineering and Leeds Bronze Engineering.

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MARCH 2020

Business as usual during these challenging times

To our valued customers and suppliers, Leeds Bronze Engineering continue to focus on keeping business as usual during these challenging times. As we continue to assess the impact on staffing levels we may take a little longer to respond but we will get back to you.

We are experiencing no supply chain issues, production is fully operational and shipments to customers continue as normal. We are following the latest medical advice and taking extra hygiene precautions across the business.

Our focus remains on continued delivery of bronze materials and machined components to our global customer base. We are increasing our own social distancing and finding new ways to communicate; suddenly the telephone is a wonderful device to use for communication (who knew!) and MS Teams has become an important way to speak face to face via video calls with customers and to colleagues working from home.

COVID-19 is affecting the global way of life, and families, friends and colleagues. Our sympathies go out to those who have been impacted. Stay safe, fit and well.

February 2020

Microsoft dynamics 365 CRM System now live

Leeds Bronze Engineering has successfully launched our new Microsoft Dynamics 365 CRM system. The new system will further support communication between our sales teams and our customer base.

All documents are now electronically stored, consequently we can move towards a paperless environment helping support the environment.

Thank you to our project team who have been working non stop over the previous few months. Well done and thank you to the internal teams for a smooth implementation.

14th November 2019

Leeds Bronze appoints new Sales & Marketing Director

Leeds Bronze Engineering are pleased to announce that Neil Unitt, one of our External Account Managers has been promoted to Sales and Marketing Director.

Neil has been with the company for four years during this time he has built strong customer relationships with key customers in UK, North America and Scandinavia. Neil has optimised opportunities and brought on board several blue-chip organisations onto our customer base.

The business looks forward to Neil increasing sales activity and the new ideas he has for business development. Congratulations to Neil on his promotion, it is well deserved.

23rd October 2019

Leeds Bronze appoints new Managing Director

Leeds Bronze Engineering are pleased to announce Duncan Gornall as our new Managing Director. Duncan has been with the company seven years in the position of Sales and Marketing Director.

During his tenure he has driven growth across our customer base and increased our export business by 18%. Duncan has also driven expansion into new customers and markets whilst supporting productivity and quality improvements within the business.

The company looks forward to Duncan leading the team and continuous development of Leeds Bronze Engineering.

4th October 2019

Peter Binnie Retires

After 39 years, our Managing Director Peter Binnie has decided to retire. Peter started in our saw shop department as a Warehouse Operator. Working in different departments whilst gaining knowledge and experience allowed Peters’ career to progress within the company and in 1985 he became Managing Director. During his tenure as Managing Director our product portfolio, capacity and capabilities have developed and increased.

Peters’ colleagues within Leeds Bronze Engineering expresses gratitude to Peter for his leadership and commitment to the company, and we wish him a long and happy retirement, it is well deserved.

This achievement has only been possible by the dedication and hard work from of a great team of employees at LBE, the accreditation will allow us to open up new opportunities in markets throughout the world and further strengthen our position in our focused industry sectors”

Duncan Gornall - Sales and Marketing Director

29th August 2019

OHSAS 18001: 2007 Accreditation

Leeds Bronze Engineering Ltd  has recently been awarded the OHSAS 18001: 2007 Accreditation following the Stage 1 and 2 Assessment audits conducted by SGS.

This is a testament to Leeds Bronze’s focus on Health and Safety and compliments the existing Integrated Management System.
Scope of registration:“Sub-contract machining and stockholding of copper based alloys and bearings.”

Duncan Gornall Leeds Bronze Engineering Sales and Marketing Director Commented, “This achievement has only been possible by the dedication and hard work from of a great team of employees at LBE, the accreditation will allow us to open up new opportunities in markets throughout the world and further strengthen our position in our focused industry sectors”

The company will now focus on the attainment of ISO 14001 planned for accreditation Q4 2019

"Our new Volvo 12-tonner should bring some operating efficiencies and I’m really impressed with the vehicle”

Ryan Landale, buyer for Leeds Bronze

5th April 2019

Leeds Bronze takes a shine to Volvo FL

Leeds Bronze Engineering has taken delivery of its first Volvo truck, an FL rigid, citing fleet efficiency with the new addition replacing two smaller vehicles on its fleet.Supplied by dealer Crossroads Truck and Bus, the West Yorkshire-based operator’s truck is powered by a Euro VI four-cylinder, D5K engine, delivering 207bhp and 800Nm of torque between 1,100 and 1,700rpm.

The 12-tonne truck is also equipped with a six-speed manual overdrive gearbox, Day cab and 18ft dropside body by Micra Truck Bodies, of Wakefield.“Our new Volvo 12-tonner should bring some operating efficiencies and I’m really impressed with the vehicle,” says Ryan Landale, buyer for Leeds Bronze.“We rarely run at maximum weight at the moment, but the new 12-tonner brings increased flexibility levels to our business, which fits in perfectly with our future development plans.”

The FL is supplied on a three-year contract hire with a Volvo Gold R&M package.

28th February 2019

Aberlink provide Gold Medal Quality for Leeds Bronze

Businesses are reaping the benefits of inspecting manufactured components closer to the point of production, the trend towards shop-floor based inspection continues to accelerate. Whereas in the past, Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMMs) would be used only in dedicated inspection departments, increasingly a new generation of robust CNC CMMs can now be found located on companies’ shop-floors.

Leeds Bronze serves a long list of customers working in challenging sectors including the global Oil and Gas, Marine, Defence and Power Generation industries, the quality of its output is of paramount importance. As a recent significant increase in production volumes had the potential to place a strain on Leeds Bronze’s inspection provision, a decision was made to invest in an advanced CNC CMM that would provide an accurate and efficient means of inspection on the company’s shop-floor. After considering several alternatives machines, an advanced Xtreme CNC CMM was purchased from UK manufacturer Aberlink.

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5th November 2018

New CMM Machine

Leeds Bronze Engineering invests in a new CMM to increase capacity within our inspection department.

12th June 2018

Hillhead 2018 Quarrying, Construction and recycling expo

Leeds Bronze Engineering will be exhibiting at the Hillhead 2018 Quarrying, Construction and recycling expo from 26th– 28th June, this is to be held in a limestone quarry in the heart of the Derbyshire countryside.

Hillhead is the largest exhibition of its kind anywhere in the world. It provides a spectacular and unique setting for exhibitors and visitors alike to do business amongst live working demonstrations and static displays. 

LBE will be exhibiting its comprehensive range of products linked to the industry, and our technical staff will be on hand to assist visitors and customers alike with their questions.