April 19, 2021
LEADING PERFORMANCE EXHAUST MANUFACTURER SELECTS UNISON TUBE BENDER FOR THE NÜRBURGRING
A British-built Unison Breeze all-electric tube bending machine will soon be assisting Milltek Sport Ltd, one of the leading manufacturers of performance exhaust systems, in exhaust prototyping and development work at Germany’s world-famous Nürburgring racetrack.
Derbyshire-based Milltek invested in its first Unison Breeze machine, a 76 mm (maximum tube diameter) capability single-stack model, almost ten years ago in order to achieve the superior accuracy, repeatability, control and reliability that Unison’s all-electric CNC machines are renowned for. A second Unison Breeze machine, an 80 mm multi-stack tube bender, then followed in 2017.
This latest Unison Breeze machine to be purchased by Milltek – an 80 mm single-stack model – will be located at Milltek Sport GmbH, the company’s recently opened €1.5 million development and testing centre in Nürburg. It will be used for exhaust system research & development, small production runs for some of the world’s leading high-performance cars, and custom tube manipulation work for several race teams.
With its roots embedded in the demands of the aerospace sector, the 80 mm Breeze offers rapid setup, fast tooling changes, exceptional power, rigid mechanical design, and all-electric control for right-first-time repeatability. These are all attributes that Unison Ltd believes make the 80 mm Breeze the ultimate tube-manipulation machine for businesses specialising in small batch production runs. As Milltek only uses highly robust T304L stainless steel for its exhaust products, the all-electric Breeze’s ability to successfully complete tight bends in thin wall tube down to 1D radius, as required for many of today’s high performance exhaust systems, was also a key factor in the decision to purchase.
“Investing in this 80 mm Unison Breeze machine will allow us to further expand the capabilities we have on site in Germany, as well as better cater to the growing demand for 80 mm diameter performance exhaust products,” comments Milltek Sport Ltd’s Managing Director, Steve Pound. “Whereas, up to now, we have sent CAD designs from our German facility to our HQ in Derbyshire for prototyping, we will soon be able to design, prototype, trial and then complete batch and small production runs on site at the Nürburgring. This will not only help us to be even more responsive, but also will help free-up capacity at our UK HQ for our domestic and worldwide customer base. Going forward, having the ability to prototype on site in Germany will further underpin our status as manufacturers of one of the widest ranges of EC-approved performance exhaust systems on the market.
“We looked at a number of competitor machines before placing the order with Unison Ltd,” adds Steve Pound. “However, it was a fairly straightforward decision. Our existing Unison machines have more than proved themselves since they were installed, in terms of reliability, accuracy, repeatability and capability. Added to that, Unison’s Unibend tube manipulation software is both exceptionally user-friendly and also well-understood by our team in the UK. That alone will prove a real advantage when helping ensure our people in Germany are able to quickly achieve the very most from their new machine. The level of support we have received from Unison over the years has been outstanding. It’s also reassuring to know that Unison has a Europe-wide service and support infrastructure in place, should we need to call on them for support, guidance or advice.”
“We are delighted that Milltek Sport Ltd has decided to purchase a third Unison Breeze tube bending machine,” comments Unison Key Account Manager, Steve Haddrell. “With exceptional power, rapid tooling changes and all-electric control for accurate, effortless repeatability, we are convinced that Milltek’s latest Unison Breeze machine will quickly assist both their R&D work and manufacturing strategies.”
Unison Ltd: intelligent tube technology
Established in 1973, Unison Ltd is the UK’s leading manufacturer of tube and pipe bending machines, offering the largest range of all-electric benders for diameters from 4 mm (5/32”) to 275 mm (10” schedule pipe). With a reputation for building highly powerful, highly robust machines that deliver uncompromising levels of accuracy and repeatability, Unison Ltd continually innovates the tube and pipe bending marketplace. The company manufactured the world’s first all-electric tube bender in 1994, followed by the world’s first all-electric multi-stack tube bender, then the world’s largest all-electric tube bender for the shipbuilding industry. Available in single-stack, multi-stack and right/left varieties, Unison machines are delivered to over 21 countries globally. Unison’s tube bending software is recognised as the most user-friendly control system for tube bending machines. The software is written and supported by Unison, ensuring complete control of its evolution, with no need for third party support.
Milltek Sport Ltd: the leading performance exhaust manufacturer
Founded in 1983, Milltek Sport Ltd has grown to become one of the leading manufacturers of performance exhaust systems. With headquarters in the UK and a development & testing centre at the iconic Nürburgring, Germany, Milltek designs, develops and tests its range of exhaust systems in-house using state-of-the-art equipment, such as the latest all-electric CNC mandrel tube benders and 3D laser scanners. These capabilities, combined with one of the most experienced teams of engineers and production staff in the performance exhaust industry, allow Milltek to continue to be the first to deliver market products and innovative designs. ISO9001:2015-accredited, Milltek offers one of the widest ranges of EC-approved performance exhaust systems on the market, all tested and approved by TUV in Germany. This, combined with a comprehensive dealer network, delivering to more than 95 countries, makes Milltek Sport Ltd one of the most accessible brands in the performance aftermarket industry.
For more information, please contact:
Steve Haddrell – Unison Key Account Manager
T: +44(0) 1723 582 868