Choice of Technology for Growth

Choice of Technology for Growth

September 2021

Global Steel Manufacturing Limited is a family owned business based in Enniscorthy Co. Wexford, Ireland. The business has been in operation for over 30 years. The founder of the business, Mr. Jim O Connor, still plays a hands on role with his management team in running the business.

Operating from a new, purpose built premises on the outskirts of Enniscorthy town, and fitted out with modern fabrication and machine shop equipment, the company has forty full time employees. Global Steel offers a wide range of specialized engineering products and services to all sections of industry, particularly food processing, pharmaceutical, telecommunications and related sectors.

Plans are in place to grow the business by double digits year on year. 2020 saw the turnover reach 3 Million Euros. The company is experiencing rapid growth and is now recruiting new staff as part of its 5-year plan to grow the business.

Global Steel’s business model is based on, quality of product, JIT delivery and a repeatable service experience. A Bystronic BySmart 3 kW fibre laser cutting machine was purchased in 2020 through Sales Manager Sean Larkin, to satisfy the needs of our customers. It was the first of its type in Ireland. To match the new increased capacity, another press brake folding machine was also ordered from Bystronic which has a 4 metre fold capacity.

The company in June 2021 have placed an order for a 2nd Bystronic fibre laser machine due for delivery in September. This 4kw machine will significantly further increase the company’s ability to penetrate the contract cutting and folding market.

Bystronic was selected as being a top-quality supplier of lasers and press brakes equipment with a knowledgeable and prompt support service team. The BySmart Fiber offers outstanding cutting performance for high parts output and excellent cutting quality with thin to medium sheet metal thicknesses.

Installation of the new Bystronic laser took place in March 2020, and, in August, Kevin Power was appointed Business Development Manager. Kevin has particular expertise in development of Laser cutting, fabrication and assembly of high precision steel components for engineering, civil engineering, construction, pharmaceuticals, and chemical industries.

Bending process

Why Laser?

The introduction of the fibre laser machine presented a technical solution in the expansion of the business, particularly in the context of a shortage of qualified welders. The company is currently re-organising to expand laser run time by introducing shift pattern in its laser department. These plans for additional shifts will significantly increase capacity to service the downstream capabilities of the business.

Led by Production Manager Paul Cullen, training was provided to a group of highly motivated individuals who have been cross trained on the key requirements of this department, namely drawing, laser machine operation and folding.

More Space and More Capacity

A significant new factory extension has been completed to provide the additional floor space necessary to prepare for growth. This space allows a re-organized layout to cater for the laser machine, the relocation of the fabrication shops and the creation of a material storage area. This layout achieves a seamless flow of material and product consistent with the Lean fundamental of minimising transport time within the process.

In addition, Global Steel is currently pursuing a site ear-marked for future expansion necessary to fulfil the plan in 2 to 3 yrs. time.

Folded components

Our target Market

Global Steel enhanced capabilities are targeted to better meet the needs of its existing customers as well as increase its customer base. Hugh O Byrne General Manger emphasized the expansion with new customers will focus on laser cutting and folding while also providing a complementary services for fabrication and powder coating/painting where required.

In the waterjet area the company has the ability to cut heavier/specialised materials up to 150 mm and will target customers with these specific needs.

In fabrication the company plans to primarily target customers requiring fabrication who have repeat products which the company believes will lend itself to automation where this is possible.

Specific skills and expertise in high technology manufacturing are well-established in Ireland. Global Steel management believe that their track record in providing first class products and services, their ability to meet deadlines and their policy of customer care are their greatest strengths.

Global Steel Manufacturing Ltd is confident of future growth and looks forward to presenting their new capabilities to existing and new customers in the years ahead.

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