Expanding the Portfolio

Known as a trailblazer in the industry with the most comprehensive range of machine tool solutions, the Engineering Technology Group (ETG) has now formed a new business division for fabrication. Always intent on meeting the challenges of the marketplace, the new ‘Fabrication Division’ will provide turnkey solutions for the fabrication industry with the VLB Group as one of the partners.

As with all solutions and services from ETG, the Wellesbourne company has no interest in ‘shifting boxes’, so the new Fabrication Division will be headed up by Andrew Smith Hughes who joins the ETG family with more than a decade of expertise in delivering turnkey solutions to the marketplace. The new Fabrication Division will incorporate a range of technologies that include everything from tube bending, flatbed laser cutting and cold roll forming to name a few – with ancillary fabrication product lines also available to support manufacturers.  

The agreement between ETG and the VLB Group will provide a UK and Ireland sales and support network, bringing state-of-the-art tube and plate forming technology that will be comprehensively serviced by manufacturing experts. As the new Product Manager for Fabrication at ETG, Andrew Smith Hughes will spearhead the integration of the new division into the ETG business structure and deliver the solutions to the industry. Commenting upon joining ETG, Andrew says: “For more than 10 years, I have worked as an engineer, account manager and at director level in the fabrication sector, specialising in building businesses in this potentially huge market with globally renowned brands. The ethos of ETG to deliver turnkey projects is a business model that has been overlooked in the fabrication market until now. This huge market gap provides a major opportunity for ETG to service the fabrication industry to levels never before seen – this makes the new ETG enterprise a remarkably exciting opportunity for the industry.”

As the first brand to be presented under the umbrella of the ETG Fabrication Division, the VLB Group are experts in tube bending and cold roll forming. The VLB Group will be present at the Southern Manufacturing show in Farnborough as well as at MACH 2024 from the 15th to 19th of April at the Birmingham NEC. Andrew will be at both events to present the new ETG business division and discuss the latest VLB Group product lines and solutions available to UK manufacturers. If you want to learn more about how ETG can support your sheet, tube and fabrication requirements, please visit Andrew at one of the forthcoming exhibitions or contact ETG for further details.

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