Unison Ltd, the UK-based inventor of all-electric tube manipulation, has acquired Dorking-based wire and small tube bending machinery maker, Pneuform, for an undisclosed sum.
The acquisition further underpins Unison Ltd’s position as a leading manufacturer of tube and pipe bending technologies and paves the way for the company to become a key provider of machinery to the international wire bending and coil forming sectors.
As a member of the Unison family, Pneuform will benefit from direct access to the many advancements that Unison Ltd has brought to tube and pipe manipulation – innovations that will help Pneuform achieve even greater sales success going forward.
“We have known the team at Pneuform for many years and are hugely impressed by their product range, extensive knowledge of wire-forming technologies, and high levels of customer care,” commented Unison Ltd’s joint managing director, Alan Pickering.
“In welcoming Pneuform to the Unison family, we look forward to enhancing the business’s existing, excellent machine tool range with our advanced, user-friendly control systems and simulation software.
“With our locations in the north of the UK and in the Midlands, and with Pneuform’s HQ in the south of the country, we also look forward to providing Pneuform’s British customers with even higher levels of service.
“The Pneuform name will be retained, as will its rich heritage,” added Pickering. “While to ensure that Pneuform is able to further develop its position as a leader in wire and small tube bending machines, we have a number of new machine tool technologies in the pipeline.
“We are convinced these new machines will be of particular interest to organisations producing tubular components for the automotive, EV, electronics, solar energy and refrigeration industries. Further announcements will be made in due course.”
Pneuform was a pioneer of CNC 3D wire bending. Today its wire and small diameter tube bending machines have become the industry standard with manufacturers of beer coolers, drink dispensers and HVAC equipment, as well as with makers of small diameter automotive parts.
Pneuform’s range of wire bending machines includes rotary head models, flat rotary line bending machines and enamelled wire bending machines. Available in 2-axis and 3-axis versions, Pneuform machines cater for outside tube diameters ranging from 3mm to 11mm in stainless steel and 3mm to 15mm in copper.