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Garlock expands services with gasket fabricating resource

Written by JOC, posted in Client News on September 1, 2009

Recent acquisitions by Garlock (Great Britain) Ltd have seen it claim the position of largest industrial gasket cutter in the UK.  Garlock, the sealing technology business, is now manufacturing in the UK using its own wide range of high specification materials to provide customers with custom fabricated gaskets.

NGM, acquired November 2008, and PTM (UK), earlier this year, have merged their respective manufacturing resources within Garlock providing it with a significant capability.  As part of the investment strategy, Garlock is implementing its group-wide ‘Lean’ methodology, “Total Customer Value”, with a focus on the requirements of providing a flexible response to its customers throughout its operational and administrative processes.

Garlock’s gasket fabricating service provides a bespoke service meeting the requirements of customers from single to volume call-offs.  Four flat bed CNC machines, using abrasive water jet technologies, together with CAD/CAM beam press capability ensure short lead times can be met cost effectively.

In addition Garlock is able to offer rubber moulding and engineered textile facilities and is increasingly becoming part of the customer value chain.  Stuart Phythian, Managing Director, Garlock (Great Britain) Limited, explains, “We now have a significant capability offering customers the flexibility of completely engineered solutions designed and manufactured in the UK while drawing on Garlock’s global engineering and manufacturing resources.  

“This extends to adding value to the customers supply chain by combining various bought-in finished components with our in-house manufactured seals and gaskets.  The resulting parts kits, for products such as pumps, compressors and engine service sets, are then delivered complete to the customer.”

To meet demand and short lead time requirements, Garlock now operates a 24 hour 5 day shift system.