Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Originally formed in 1952, WDS adopted it’s name from the Woodside Die Sinking Company Limited and soon established a sound reputation for standard components, jigs and fixtures, later moving on to acquire companies such as the specialist broach manufacturer W.H.Marley.
Throughout the 1980’s and 90’s the divisions broadened their expertise and developed to meet the high accuracy and low cost requirements of the CNC machine tool market. The specialist design and manufacture of base plates, cubes and workholding systems required by the modern systems kept WDS at the forefront of the technology, enabling the company to remain a market leader and keep bespoke solutions as the mainstay of their business.
WDS moved closer to providing a complete machine tool accessories portfolio during the 1990’s by purchasing Jones & Shipman small tools division this includes products such as machine vices and rotating centres. Towards the end of the decade £1million was invested in relocating the business to the present site at Leeds. The trend of increased investment and strategic acquisitions continued into this decade with WDS incorporating the Hydraulic Workholding Division of SPX Spencer Franklin to broaden the product portfolio further with another well-established name.
The WDS range covers five main divisions, Standard Parts, Machine Accessories, Spencer Franklin Hydraulic Workholding, Broaching and General & Modular Workholding.
WDS are the leading suppliers of standard parts for use in machine build components, jigs and fixtures, standard parts and consumer products. With a product range that is expanding every day, they specialise in stainless steel hinges, washersand screws and machine feet. With highly competitive pricing and superior quality products, WDSComponent Parts have been trading for over 60 years and have forged for themselves a sound reputation. They strive to meet customers’ ever changing business objectives with their specialist knowledge of materials and design capability. Staying at the forefront of engineering design and web technology, WDS are always on hand to offer the best advice and service available.