Specialised Laser Products Ltd (SLP) was formed in 1995 to initially support the Machine Knife industry in the South Yorkshire area with laser cutting services. SLP has since grown and acquired new premises and machines to enhance the service offered to customers.
SLP is run by owner and founder Duncan Proctor, an expert in the metal cutting services sector who has placed specialist knowledge, constant innovation, and customer service as the main reasons behind the growth of the business.
Starting out with a single refurbished machine and operator, SLP turned over £200k in the first year specialising in, and stocking, tool steels. Growth followed and SLP soon needed to add shifts and office staff to continue to support customer demand.
SLP outgrew the original 2000sq/ft unit in Rotherham and moved to an 8000sq/ft unit at Ford Park in January 2000. SLP maintained its presence in the Machine Knife industry, and expanded into more traditional laser markets, of mild and stainless steels, supplying a multitude of industries. As it did so, SLP looked to use the latest advancements in laser cutting technology and invested in a new laser machine to ensure the company could maintain the service commitment to customers, improve quality and reduce lead times. This adoption of new innovation in the field became ingrained in the business philosophy and SLP continues to look at innovative ways to improve performance.
Turnover grew at SLP to £3m in 2010, and plans for future growth meant expansion of the current site giving a total of 12,000 sq/ft, and further investment in a third Bystronic laser cutting machine. SLP has continued to grow and innovate, but ensures that the family values follow through into the service provided to customers. Innovation has continued and SLP undertook a full operational process review in 2012 to optimise the order and production process, producing improved lead times and costs savings.