AS EN 9100 Rev D
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About us

At API Design & Build, we provide end-to-end engineering solutions; giving our clients a single point of contact for the design and manufacture of specialist tools for the aerospace industry. Our highly-skilled and experienced engineers are global leaders in tooling design and manufacture, supporting major aerospace primes, Tier 1 and Tier 2 clients in delivering some of the industry’s most advanced projects. In addition to a rich heritage in aerospace, we also serve clients in defence, space, power, transportation, renewables and marine, providing both design-and-build, and build-to-print services.

Our facility

Based in the heart of UK aerospace production, our purpose-built 64,000 sq ft facility in Burnley, Lancashire, is a centre of excellence for aerospace tooling. Our manufacturing plant features an extensive multi-disciplined conventional tool room, a large 3 and 5-axis CNC machining centre, two 10-ton cranes and 10m high assembly bays. Complementing our production and design offer is a specialist inspection facility, complete with CMM and laser tracking technology. Our quality department also operates within a large, climate-controlled environment, utilising the latest Leica and Faro equipment. Supported by PC DMIS and METROLOG software suites, the CMM is 6.3m x 3.0m x 2.0m.

Our capabilities

Our extensive capabilities span design, project management, manufacturing, installation, life cycle support and consultancy, as well as tooling try-out and modification. These turnkey solutions include individual tools through to full production systems and assembly lines, including automation.

Our tooling is designed and manufactured for various aircraft platforms, including A350, F-35, Typhoon, A320, Learjet, C-Series, A330, Hawk, A380, KC-390, G280, Trent, AH-1Z, A10 and A340.

Our design capabilities also leverage the latest CATIA and CAD software, combined with our team’s extensive knowledge and experience of specialist aerospace, automotive and engineering applications.

We have a reputation and proven track record for meeting short timescales, with our quality and cost-effective tooling solutions providing full turnkey packages that are bespoke to individual client needs.

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ANSUKA Group Limited acquired API Design & Build out of administration, 12 months on they celebrate their anniversary  and success on offering a full design & manufacture capability across a wide range of skill sets & requirements.

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Our credentials

Our AS EN 9100 Rev D & BS EN 9001:2015 Certification, demonstrates our industry expertise and continued commitment to best practice.

Types of tools

  • Assembly fixtures and jigs
  • Stretch form tooling
  • Drill, rout and trim fixtures
  • Mould tools
  • Detail tooling

Tooling materials

  • Carbon
  • Invar
  • Nickel shells
  • Steel
  • Aluminium

Manufacturing capabilities

  • CNC machining to 20m
  • Assembly and fitting
  • Pattern making
  • Autoclaves
  • Conventional machining and welding