If the chilly economic climate is making businesses more cautious about investing in plant and machinery, there was little sign of it on the Haffner stand at the FIT Show. The stand was bustling throughout and as Dave Thomas says, “It seems that people recognise the importance of sensible investment in their businesses. We had huge interest in our products and we are going to be very busy over the next few months dealing with new machinery installations.”
Haffner’s offering proved compelling, with several people even signing off orders at the show itself. Gary Richards of Central RPL was the first person at the show to take advantage of Haffner’s part exchange scheme. He signed the contract to part exchange his Stuga machinery for a brand new SBA-220 machining centre and wrote the cheque there and then. Haffner also sold numerous machining packages including the new SMR-4 welder.
The SMR-4 welder is new to the UK market, so it was perhaps not surprising it attracted as much attention as it did. With features including automatic transom and cruciform alignment, the machine is being promoted as the fastest and most accurate in line welder on the market and has the capacity to add genuine value to a production facility.
Also on display was the latest SBA-2 machining centre, which the Haffner team was on hand to demonstrate. The centre shows engineering at its best, with new additions including a Beckhoff control system and a Windows XP operating system. There have been updates to the programs too: the SBA-2 now has an automatic profile measuring and correction system to ensure accurate arrow head and v notch cutting every time.
Dave Thomas said, “Shows like the FIT Show are the perfect environment for us to show just what machinery can offer these days. We believe that sensible investment in the right technology can only add value to a business and we were delighted to see how popular our products were.”