As the Formula 1 World Championships gears up, part of the team’s success will be down to Black Country manufacturer Stephens Gaskets.
To help them cruise to victory, the Team will have a number of parts supplied by Stephens Gaskets, mainly highly tolerance bespoke shims used for preloads and pre-pressuring. These parts are crucial for increasing and decreasing loads on the power steering and their reliability can win or lose a race.
This order is one of several Formula 1 teams the company has supplied to over the years.
“They found us initially from our website and we’ve been working with them and other F1 companies for a while,” Terry added. “Our products are very niche for the job they need to do. These are incredibly precise shims from 0.01mm, they fit into the smallest of spaces, but they’re vital for keeping all engineered parts working perfectly.
“To make parts as precise as that we have a state-of-the-art machine – and a great team to go with it – and that machine is the first of its kind in the UK.”
“So we supply the teams with shims, gaskets and machined parts, we’re very proud that we are working with companies who are at the pinnacle of the industry.”
UK’s leading producers
Stephens Gaskets is one of the UK’s leading producers of shims. These are manufactured from a range of materials from brass and aluminium to steel and rubber, depending on the customer’s requirements.
It’s not only UK companies that buy shims in bulk; Stephens Gaskets regularly has orders from around the world. Recent clients included an oil refinery in Saudi Arabia and an industrial plant in Canada. The latter business even flew a chartered jet to transport the shims straight to the plant in Canada.
70 years experience
Midlands manufacturer Stephens Gaskets has been supplying a range of industries with pre-cut and laser cut shims, along with washers and gaskets, for 70 years.
“It’s not bad that these companies who are world leaders in their field come to little Stephens Gaskets in the Black Country for their shims. We’re proud of that – but, then, without our shims their engines wouldn’t win races,” Terry laughs.
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