|WEST ALLOY LTD
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West Alloy is a privately owned Company founded in 1952. The company began as a trade shop producing zinc diecastings and quickly identified a niche market designing and manufacturing locks and associated fittings for leisure vehicles. When fuel economy became a major issue in the seventies, West Alloy responded by introducing a design of lock predominantly manufactured in plastic. Retaining just three zinc castings, the change to plastic reduced the weight by 60% to 70%.
In the early eighties West Alloy identified a market opportunity and set about designing a purpose built lock for tractor cabs based on an anti-burst latch rather than the traditional slam type lock used by the caravan industry, the major market for the company's products at that time. The resulting design was a much stronger interior lock produced predominantly from steel pressings, a considerable departure from the original core business of zinc diecasting. Introduced in 1984 the tractor cab lock was designed to operate with an existing diecast exterior and incorporated a diecast handle to enable the door to be opened from the inside. At the time it wasn't fully appreciated how flexible and successful this design would become and that it would lead to several new generations of products.
West Alloy currently produces a wide range of parts for construction equipment, tractor cabs and leisure vehicles. The company is particularly proud of its ability to design, prototype, manufacture tooling and produce to specific customer requirements or develop an innovative design having spotted the market potential for such a product.
The majority of products are West Alloy's own design and are manufactured at the company's two factories at Morden and Sutton in Surrey. The company employs a work force of seventy. Although no longer producing diecastings, the Company does have twelve injection mould machines ranging from 25 to 160 tonnes. Approximately 65% of the company's products are exported to Europe, North America, Australia, South Africa and Japan.
The Company's pursuit of excellence has resulted in achieving the International Quality Management Systems Standard, ISO 9001/2000.
Existing customers include major OEMs such as AGCO, CNH, Caterpillar, Claas and JCB.
The company sees the key to success as its commitment to provide the highest possible level of customer service from concept through all stages of design and development to production involving rapid response and total flexibility to suit the customer's requirements.