Dawson Shanahan invests in CNC machine tools to meet demand

08 April 2019

Dawson Shanahan (Wales) Ltdvisit website


Dawson Shanahan invests in CNC machine tools to meet demandDawson Shanahan is expanding its UK production facilities with the installation of two further Citizen machines. The L20-VIII and the L32-VIII high-precision CNC lathes are versatile enough to meet growing production demands. Dawson Shanahan’s long-term commitment to quality and service is helping to swell its order books and necessitating investment in new capital equipment to keep up with global demand.

The Citizen L32-VIII sliding headstock CNC automatic lathe is a 7-axis model and was a logical choice for Dawson Shanahan. With its modular design, up to 30 tools can be mounted at any one time. Supported by a high level of control features, the machine can produce phenomenal work rates, improving both productivity and profitability.

Similarly, the L20-VIII also offers increased flexibility with up to 37 tool capability. This lathe has the ability to switch between guide bushing type and non-guide bushing type. The guide bushing can be fitted or removed very quickly with a simple operation. The L20-VIII can also be used as a regular guide bushing type lathe when machining long, thin workpieces and as a guide bushing-less type reducing material wastage.

These new machines are part of an on-going programme of investment and expansion, which underpins Dawson Shanahan’s long-term goal to grow organically by at least 15 per cent year on year. Key to this growth is the company’s export business to Europe, North America and the Far East, which currently accounts for around 80 per cent of all orders.

Joint Managing Director, Les Reeves, comments: “Our customers have always been impressed with the quality of output from our existing Citizen machine and we’ve been equally impressed with its reliability and precision. With these new Citizens and further technology coming through later this year, we are well on the way to meet growing business demand.”

Learn more about the company at

© Copyright 2006-14 Damte Ltd.