A MANUFACTURER has become the first in the UK to buy a machine that prints with metal.

Poole-based Cable First made the £1million investment with support from Dorset Growth Hub.

The company acquired the Japanese-made Sodick OPM250L, which it uses to produce precision tooling for moulding and engineering requirements. The business makes cable assemblies, moulded grommets, connectors and international power cords.

Dorset Growth Hub is seeking to support other businesses in the county that are considering plans for growth.

Its support enabled Cable First to purchase the machine, which has led to the creation of nine jobs at its site on the Nuffield Industrial Estate.

Allen Lodge, managing director of Cable First, which has around 40 staff and a £7m turnover, said the machine had transformed the company.

Before starting the project, he contacted Dorset Growth Hub, which exists to support businesses in a range of practical ways.

Mr Lodge said: “The advice and help we received from Dorset Growth Hub enabled us to acquire the machine much more rapidly.

“Their guidance means the machine is now up and running, leading to a stampede from businesses who want to come and look at it. I would recommend the Dorset Growth Hub to any business which is thinking of expanding and could do with expert advice and practical assistance.”

Dawn Leader from Dorset Growth Hub said: “We were able to assist Allen in a variety of ways to enable him to purchase this machine – and the results have been spectacular.

“More jobs, increased exporting, a boost to productivity and an anticipated growth in turnover and profit have resulted from this investment.”

The Dorset Growth Hub is delivered by WSX Enterprise and has been supported by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund.

It exists to support businesses that want to grow, increase employment, improve the competitiveness of businesses in Dorset and encourage inward investment into the area.