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William Hughes Ltd

  • 0196 (Display number) 01963 363377
Station Road
Stalbridge Dorset DT10 2RZ United Kingdom

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In its core disciplines of bespoke spring and wire form design and manufacture, William Hughes can call upon a capability and expertise well beyond almost any other company operating within the same field. 

With factories in Stalbridge, Dorset and Plovdiv, Bulgaria, each benefitting from a multi-million pound investment in plant and machinery together with the recent acquisition of Nosag Polska in Poland, William Hughes combines modern technology with traditional skills to bring products to market in the most refined, cost-effective and timely way possible.

These products comprise a broad range of compression, tension and torsion springs, wire forming including simple and complex 2D and 3D wire forms, printed circuit test points and terminals, and specialist wire sales.

Throughout the past two centuries, the success of William Hughes has been based on the traditional virtues of a family firm - commitment to its customers, concern for quality and service - allied to continual improvements in production and technology to meet the precise specification of each individual requirement in the most appropriate way.

The resources provided by William Hughes are amongst the most extensive and sophisticated in Europe, with the capability of fulfilling orders, however large or small, with equal facility, and an established administration and distribution function that ensures continuity of supply, rapid delivery and competitive prices on every single item.

The variety of springs and wire forms available is almost infinite in a choice of metals which is nearly as wide including stainless steel, brass phosphor bronze, beryllium copper and nickel-chrome alloys.

William Hughes has many years of design and manufacturing experience and can offer its customers a rapid design and prototyping service in a range of materials. This service is particularly suited to the aerospace and automotive industries where small quantities are required for test and evaluation with the capability to move to volume production once a final design is agreed.

Through the 90’s the company expanded to includes the manufacture of sub-assemblies. These sub-assemblies are still based on wire but techniques have been developed such as welding, punching, pointing, chamfering, nibbing, threading, clipping and many more that add value to the product for our customer.  Through the next decade we expanded our range of in-house surface treatments to include shot peening, ultra-sonic cleaning, KTL black coating, painting, Delta-Tone™ and nylon coating.

In 2004, sensing the need to address the challenge of an expanded Europe, William Hughes set up a purpose-built factory near Plovdiv in Bulgaria, the better to compete in an increasingly cost-conscious market and also to facilitate speedy delivery into its many customers in mainland Europe.  Today our Plovdiv factory has twice doubled in size and is currently around 6,500 square metres.
Our work force has more than trebled to 200 skilled employees even allowing for the fact that we have added automation-handling robots for secondary processes and collaborative robots for packing and repetitive tasks.
The Plovdiv factory now houses over 50 CNC wire bending machines along with 9 injection moulding machines, both vertical and horizontal, for over-moulding projects utilising rotary and fixed platens.

Further expansion took place in 2008 with the acquisition of the springs and wire form business of Baumann Springs and Pressings (UK) Ltd.
Nosag Polska, previously part of the DEFTA Group, was acquired by William Hughes in the autumn of 2017.
Based in Tychy in southern Poland, Nosag Polska is a major manufacturer of seat mats, wire frames and bent wire parts, predominantly for the automotive industry. This makes the Company a perfect fit for William Hughes with our complementary manufacturing facilities in Dorset and Bulgaria but providing us with a manufacturing hub with easy access to mainland Europe and the Baltic States.
Nosag is a leading supplier to all the major car interior and car seat manufacturers in Europe. The Company enjoys a reputation for service and quality similar to our own which has led to a smooth transition of ownership and opportunities for both operations to benefit from the experience and expertise of the other.

William Hughes specialises in the manufacture of precision, high specification springs and its modern manufacturing facilities, together with state of the art spring measurement systems, are ideally matched to the exacting requirements of the aerospace industry.

Springs manufactured by William Hughes are used in vital items of aerospace equipment including oxygen systems, access hatches and the solenoid valves used to control the hydraulic and cabin pressure systems.

William Hughes is an approved supplier to many leading companies in the aerospace industry and is an audited and approved supplier to Honeywell. Other customers include BAE, Eaton Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, Meggit and M.E.L. Aviation.

To meet the specifications for high temperature performance, many springs for the aerospace industry are manufactured in exotic materials such as Nimonic, Inconel and Ni-span. These expensive materials are more difficult to work than conventional materials and William Hughes has the machinery and expertise to use these materials with high accuracy and minimum wastage.

For critical applications it is essential that any lubricants and debris from the manufacturing process are removed from the spring before it is despatched to the customer and William Hughes offers an ultrasonic cleaning process to meet aerospace standards for cleanliness.

William Hughes Ltd is Nadcap accredited for heat treatment, room temperature tensile testing (materials testing laboratory) and chemical processing.

Our aim at William Hughes is to meet and exceed the expectations of our customers in every way adhering to principles of continuous improvement and zero defect.  Quality systems to ISO 9001:2000, ISO/TS 16949:2002 the latest automotive standard and AS9100 for aerospace ensure consistency and accuracy of supply.

Each year the company invests in new plant and equipment to the tune of 10-15% of turnover with the medium and long term strategy of positioning itself as a volume supplier of quality products to demanding customers for generations to come.

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