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Saturday, December 24th, 2016 2016 Summary

2016 has brought ENL much success. We competed for, and won, many Aerospace, Automotive and Marine projects. Our high-quality products manufactured and delivered on time speak for themselves and the company managed to increase its list of partners and customers.

ENL looks after its customers’ needs first. After an increase in our customer base we took a step forward and increased our moulding capability by installing a new 1100 Tonne Engel Duo injection moulding press. This provides us with a significant new capability and our customers have been quick to take advantage of it.

New Engel 1100 tonne machine

Our new Engel Duo 1100 tonne moulding machine

In September 2016, our company took part in the ADS Defence & Aerospace Technology Roadshow where we confirmed our leading position in the Moulding & Tooling business. A professional presentation made by our team of experts:

Richard Gamble (Managing Director and owner of ENL Ltd)

Vince Christie (Technical Manager)

Garry Gray (Project Engineer)

Rene Slade (Engineering Manager)

Dave O`Loughlin (Senior Tooling Engineer)

Marc Briggs (Quality Manager)

Kevin Osborne (Operations Manager)

ADS Roadshow truck

The ADS roadshow truck

Aerospace roadshow stand

Our roadshow stand


As we continued through the year we happened to have another pleasant surprise. An ENL apprentice was nominated for an award by the Plastics Industry Awards 2016. Only a few people across the UK & Ireland were chosen in each category and invited to this glamorous ceremony in London. We congratulated Adam Harden for his nomination and for being an outstanding Apprentice Toolmaker

ENL apprentice at awards ceremony

ENL apprentice Adam Harden and Engineering Manager René Slade at awards ceremony


As we are getting closer to the end of 2016, ENL has invested in another upgrade in machining capacity. Our new XYZ 710 VMC is already in place, installed and ready for work with its amazing 4000 kg solid casting 8000 RPM spindle and perfect positional accuracy (+/- 5 microns). Coupled with our machining capabilities there is “No job too big or too small for us”. It is a modern, well -designed and efficient machine. Programmed by some of the most skilled people in the whole company it makes a perfect way to achieve the best results in a short lead-time.

Our new XYZ 710 VMC

Our new XYZ 710 VMC

As 2017 is getting closer ENL has increased machining and moulding capability exceeding our customer demands. Our team of experts is here to help and partner you during the whole design, tooling and moulding process. Ask them for advice today and you will see the benefits of our collaboration.
ENL wish you a very happy holiday and Merry Christmas. We hope the New Year 2017 will continue to bring you personal and professional achievements.

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 ENL go on tour with the ADS Defence & Aerospace Technology Roadshow

ENL are taking part in the 2016 ADS Defence & Aerospace Technology Roadshow this September. The Roadshow will last for three weeks and we will visit some of the biggest Defence & Aerospace sites in the country. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet our staff and find out more about metal replacements and technical moulding.

2016 ADS Aerospace & Defence Roadshow

2016 ADS Aerospace & Defence Roadshow

2016 ADS Defence & Aerospace Technology Roadshow Key Dates and Locations
Date Location
Tuesday 13th September Rolls Royce – Derby
Wednesday 14th September Rolls Royce – Derby
Thursday 15th September Leonardo – Basildon
Friday 16th September Leonardo – Luton
Tuesday 20th September Cobham Mission Systems – Wimbourne
Wednesday 21st September Qinetiq – Boscombe Down
Thursday 22nd September Thales – Crawley
Friday 23rd September GKN / Airbus – Filton
Monday 26th September BAE Systems / Airbus – Filton
Tuesday 27th September Rolls Royce – Filton
Wednesday 28th September Ultra Precision Air & Land Systems – Cheltenham
Thursday 29th September Agusta Westland – Yeovil
Friday 30th September GE Aviation – Cheltenham


For more information please call us on +44(0)23 9266 8517 or email us

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 Customer Survey Results for 2015

A huge thank you to all of our customers who replied to the Christmas Customer Satisfaction Survey.

We have had a fantastic level of response and would like to share anonymised summaries of those results.

Customer Satisfaction Graph

94% Customer Satisfaction

We asked ‘How satisfied / dissatisfied are you with ENL?‘ to which 63% of respondents said that they were ‘Very Satisfied’ and 31% ‘Somewhat Satisfied’.

Service Ratings Bar Chart

100% of respondents rated our Quality as Good or Excellent

We asked ‘How would you rate ENL in the following areas?‘ – 98% of respondents rated our Delivery as ‘Good’ or ‘Excellent’, 79% rated our Prices as ‘Good’ or better, all respondents gave us a ‘Good’ or ‘Excellent’ rating for Quality and 90% rated our Communication as ‘Good’ or better.

Chance of recommendation pie chart

94% of respondents likely to recommend ENL

We asked ‘How likely is it that you would recommend ENL?‘ to which 94% of respondents replied that they were likely to recommend ENL; 58% were ‘Extremely Likely’ and and 36% were ‘Somewhat Likely’.

ENL values all feedback, it is constructive in reviewing, improving and adapting our services for the better, for now and in years to come.

Sunday, April 1st, 2012 Plastic Moulding Success at The Big Bang Fair

ENL Limited were proud to be part of the Enstruct range of educational products at the Big Bang Fair 2012. As reported by the BBC, “Three massive halls in Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre were roaring with excited children, exploding exhibits and scientists and engineers buzzing with answers.” The three-day Fair attracted 56,000 visitors almost doubling last year’s impressive numbers.

Through a collaboration with Winchester College Head of Design Technology, Simon Tarrant, and educational supplier, Rapid, ENL Limited have brought to market a construction set that enables people of all ages to have fun whilst learn about structures and forces – how to make things stand up!

On display at the Big Bang Fair, was a full-size racing car chassis built from Enstruct parts and a selection of tubes and connectors for visitors to the show to try out on the stand. From robots to aeroplanes, the future engineers and scientists visiting the stand demonstrated that, with a bit of imagination and teamwork, it is possible to build exciting life-size structures with Enstruct.

Enstruct model developed by plastic moulding company ENL featured at the NEC's The Big Bang Fair

Saturday, the final day of the show, was probably the busiest, with around 300 people visiting the Enstruct stand. Interest came from primary school teachers through to University lecturers, as well as parents’ and their very excited children.  The show was a success as orders for Enstruct starter kits have been placed with Rapid (the exclusive distributor) since exhibiting.

Other PR events are planned to raise awareness of this new product, designed to transform the learning of science and engineering in schools and to be used for team building activities at universities, engineering firms and architectural practices.

Friday, March 16th, 2012 Aerospace brochure

ENL have been active within the aerospace market for some 50 years.  With continued investment into state-of-the-art machines and supported by the all-important AS9100 quality standard, we continue to grow within this important global business segment.

For example, ENL are proud to be supporting the Airbus A350XWB program.  This new Airbus program brings together the very latest in aerodynamics, design and advanced technologies in the A350 XWB to provide a 25 per cent step-change in fuel efficiency compared to its current long-range competitor. Contributing to this performance are the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines that power the A350 XWB family.

Over 70 per cent of the A350 XWB’s weight-efficient airframe is made from advanced materials, combining 53 per cent of composite structures with titanium and advanced aluminum alloys. The aircraft’s innovative all-new Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) fuselage results in lower fuel consumption, as well as easier maintenance.

ENL are a key supplier for the fuel-pipe application which uses a moulded Polyetheretherketone (PEEK), a semicrystalline thermoplastic which operates at extremely high temperatures (260 degrees celsius). PEEK has one the lightest strength to weight ratios and exhibits outstanding resistance to aggressive chemicals.

To celebrate our success, we commissioned a new brochure that describes our aerospace services. You can read it by clicking on the following link: ENL-Aerospace-web.

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012 Ethical investment

ENL’s social conscience can be seen in our support and investment in education. With a view to extending our in-house apprenticeship program and encouraging the engineers and scientists of the future, ENL has been working with Simon Tarrant of Winchester College in the development and production of a novel new concept, Enstruct.

In exchange for an exclusive manufacturing license, ENL provided all the tooling that has facilitated this new design becoming reality.

Enstruct is a connector system that is designed for use in educational establishments that teach the basics of structure and forces. It enables individuals or groups to create life size structures including bridges, car chassis or light aircraft, bringing the theoretical forces taught in schools to life. Enstruct can be utilized in Science and Drama lessons and its application extends to team building exercises & problem solving and due to its structural strength, to the provision of emergency shelters in disaster zones.

Enstruct was launched to much applause at the Design & Technology with ICT Education Show, at the NEC last year and can be bought online at

Thursday, January 5th, 2012 Slovak facility expands

To fully engage with the rapid expansion in the automotive industry in Eastern Europe, ENL Slovakia has just purchased a Citizen A32 Sliding Head Lathe that can turn up to 32mm bar.

This will help ENL fulfill the new 10-year contract they have signed. This new machine ensures that ENL can continue to deliver exceptional quality in-house as well as managing the increase in volume that follows the new contract.

The Citizen A32 has been commissioned and has already produced 10,000 steel inserts over-molded with plastic for their ongoing automotive contract. As ENL are in a period of rapid expansion and development, we have bought another two lathes that will be delivered in 2013 and 2014.

Ben Sheppard, the General Manager in Slovakia, is very excited about this ‘seriously nice piece of equipment’. It holds a 22μ (micron) tolerance, has a Cpk of 5.3 and is more than 2.5x faster than the current machines used by our closest competitors!’

To support this growth the office team has expanded by 30% including new quality and technical roles.