This week the Audiobeat published an in depth company report entitled, Sheffield Steel: Why History Matters for Wilson Benesch. The report follows Roy Gregory’s visit to Wilson Benesch at the close of 2013 and brings you the reader, closer to Wilson Benesch’s design, manufacturing and production facilities both inside and outside of the company’s main headquarters.
During his time in Sheffield Roy toured the company’s headquarters, seeing first hand the manufacture of Cardinal and Square Five components on our fleet of CNC machines, followed by the production of various loudspeakers and turntables by a team of highly trained craftsmen. The visit to the Wilson Benesch headquarters was closed with an introduction to the engineering team and a demonstration of the power of 3D parametric design packages that have been used to develop the Cardinal, the Square Five and the new Endeavour loudspeakers. The tour illustrated the closed loop that now exists within Wilson Benesch from concept to design, into manufacturing and production.
virtually every element in the speaker (Cardinal), from the cabinet and drivers to the spikes and terminals, is manufactured in-house, giving the company complete control of form, function, consistency and tolerance.
Following the visit to our headquarters Roy was then taken to both the Sheffield University and the Advanced Manufacturing Park. Both institutions are examples of the many centres of engineering excellence that now pertain within the City. These have been born from the regeneration of Sheffield following the collapse of the traditional steel and coal industries upon which the city was built. This regeneration has and continues to be funded by government grants made available to promote new high-tech manufacturing initiatives in the late 1980s. One such grant was the DTi grant which Wilson Benesch were awarded to develop the original Wilson Benesch Turntable in 1990.
The city was, quite literally, the blast-furnace and crucible of Britain’s industrial revolution, the heart of the steel industry and a major coal field to boot… as the high-technology manufacturing field has expanded in Sheffield, Wilson Benesch have become an integral part of the sector, benefiting from further research grants and more importantly, an expanding network of partners when it comes to manufacturing innovation.
Wilson Benesch have always collaborated closely with some of the greatest minds in engineering and design to develop unique products. The Sheffield University have worked closely with Wilson Benesch on a multitude of technologies including the Semisphere Tweeter. The University has now made significant investments within the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP). Over the past decade the AMP has become one of Europe’s most important centres for Advanced Manufacturing Research and Development. It is why Boeing and Rolls Royce now operate dedicated R&D centres on the site and also why, as one of the UKs leading specialists in high-technology manufacturing, Wilson Benesch have chosen the site for our new R&D facility.
Looking at the physical reality of the Cardinal or the Square Five, assessing the materials, engineering and technology involved and the price being asked for the finished products (not to mention the performance they each deliver) it is impossible to escape the conclusion that those products that offer comparable levels of engineering integrity and completeness of design either come from companies that are many times the size of Wilson Benesch and/or cost much more than the Cardinal or Square Five.
Drawing a vivid image of the design and manufacturing processes within Wilson Benesch and South Yorkshire, the report also successfully illustrates the high value and integrity which exists within the Wilson Benesch product line. Products such as the Cardinal and Endeavour are unique and could not exist were it not for the huge investment in the Wilson Benesch’s infrastructure that has taken place over the past 25-years. We’d encourage you to read the report for yourself.
The full unedited Audiobeat report can be read here.
Christina, Craig and all the Team at Wilson Benesch would like to thank the Audiobeat.com and Roy Gregory for taking the time to visit Wilson Benesch and of course for the excellent report.
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