WEC Machining History - Our Successes

WEC Machining Ltd was created when the director of WEC Group Ltd, Stephen Hartley, was approached by Precision Engineers (Fabrication) Ltd with an opportunity to purchase the machining and light fabrication company.

As the Group had to subcontract machining at the time, it made sense to create a specialist in-house machining division. In December 2005, Precision Engineers Ltd was purchased alongside 15,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space. Trading as Precision Engineers for the following 18 months, the company then decided to re-brand the division as Hi-Spec CNC in 2007.

The company has also built its solid reputation thanks to the Rishton Machines/Hi-Spec Machinery division (now known as Clarendon by WEC) which has been manufacturing small workshop machines for over 30 years. The range includes grinders, polishers, bandfacers, dust extraction units, hand operated presses and vertical milling machines. The company manufacture the educational and industrial machinery in-house, including their renowned Clarendon Presses.

In February 2008, Hi-Spec CNC bought the intellectual property rights for the RSG's Patient Tail Lifts as it was complementary to the products already being manufactured for front line ambulances. The tail lift business has grown into a prolific division and its products are in use with many ambulance authorities across the UK.

In April 2010, WEC Group acquired Nutter Aircrafts Ltd - a precision engineering company and a leading supplier of high-quality precision machined parts with over 70 years' experience.

Nutter Aircrafts Ltd specialise in the manufacture of small and tight tolerance components in a wide range of materials, including exotic alloys and titanium, helping WEC Machining to venture into new and exciting markets.

WEC Machining Ltd became a private company in January 2017, operating from a purpose built 33,000 sq. ft. production facility in Blackburn, Lancashire with room for expansion.