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Sertec's purchase of a controlling interest in Contour Cutting Technologies should boost the UK use of plasma cutting. John Mortimer looks at the advantages of the process.
Plasma cutting looks set to gain a new lease of life following the decision in May by Sertec Group Holdings of Coleshill, Birmingham to take a controlling interest in Contour Cutting Technologies (CCT) of Andover.
Besides taking a financial interest, Sertec has also installed a plasma cutting machine at its job-shop, Panel Technology, where the system can be hired on an ad-hoc basis by firms with a periodic requirement for three-dimensional cutting of an existing pressed part.
Sertec has become increasingly convinced over the last two years of the potential for plasma cutting machines, both for automakers that can use them to produce low-volume derivatives on-line, and for press workshops. It also has potential in hydroformed tube …