jones & shipman international of leicester, england, is a world leader in abrasive machine tool technology,supplying a complete range of high precision, surface, cylindrical and creepfeed grinders for all sectors of manufacturing industry.
this comprehensive product range starts with highly productive 'self teach' touchscreen controlled machines and progresses to full computer numerical controlled equipment using state of the art technologies. great emphasis is placed on providing customers with optimum solutions to their abrasive machining requirements with machines and equipment designed and manufactured specifically for that purpose by jones & shipman. a full applications engineering service is provided by engineers from jones & shipman working in conjunction with customers. this partnership approach means that machines and equipment can be supplied either in a stand alone mode, as sophisticated auto loaded cells or as turnkey multi-purpose multi-process systems.
part ot the internationally renowned renold group, jones & shipman, founded in 1899, is built on 100 years of 'engineering excellence' in the manufacture of machine tools.
an export led company with some 70% of turnover being generated outside the uk, jones & shipman also has sales and service subsidiaries in meriden, connecticut, serving the north american market, and lyon, serving the french market, as well as a wide network of agents and distributors throughout the world.
to achieve and maintain this level of export penetration, investment in new product development has and continues to be at the core of jones & shipman's philosophy. throughout the nineties and to date a higher than average percentage of turnover has been invested in this key activity.
jones & shipman were ranked second in 1996 from all public companies in the engineering sector for r&d measured as a percentage of turnover in a survey sponsored by the uk government's department of trade and industry. today over 70% of machine orders received are for products and applications which the company could not even have considered a few years ago.
a key feature of the product development and marketing strategy has been the focus on machines and equipment for production applications. sophisticated grinding machines have been supplied to customers in the automotive, aerospace, defence, power generation, tooling, medical and many other industries.
the philosophy of total quality is endemic throughout the company. jones & shipman holds iso 9000 certification and insists that its suppliers are also certified to this demanding standard. these factors, combined with a unique knowledge of the grinding process, enable jones & shipman to provide customers with single source capability in all aspects of abrasive machine tool technology.