ABL Heatsink News


Even Better Quality Standards

ABL has recently been awarded the latest ISO 9001 quality standard by independent assessor, NQA – one of the UK’s leading quality assurance accreditation bodies.

Originally published in 1987, ISO 9001 underwent revisions in 1994, 2000 and again in 2008. The latest revision was published in September 2015 by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), an agency composed of the national standards bodies of more than 160 countries.


ISO 9001 is based on the plan-do-check-act methodology and provides a process-oriented approach to documenting and reviewing the structure, responsibilities, and procedures required to achieve effective quality management in an organisation. Specific sections of the standard contain information on topics such as:

  • Requirements for a quality management system (QMS)
  • Responsibilities of management
  • Management of resources, including human resources and an organization’s work environment
  • Product realization, including the steps from design to delivery
  • Measurement, analysis, and improvement of the QMS through activities like internal audits and corrective / preventive action

Read the full article here or for more information contact Mike Doherty on Mike.Doherty@ablcomponents.co.uk


Following a recent stocktake, ABL has surplus stocks of certain BGA part numbers, particularly BGA-STD-025, with dimensions of 23mm x 23mm x 6mm . (Same dimensions as Fischer ICK BGA 23x23). We can offer very competitive prices on this and several other parts, please contact us for details.

TEL: 0121 7898686 (press option “1” for sales) or

EMAIL: sales@ablcomponents.co.uk

ABL Sealing The Future

sealing bonding capability

ABL has invested in new technology sealing and bonding equipment, enabling the company to provide an enhanced service to customers requiring tightly controlled sealing capability for their products.

The new application equipment was introduced to meet the requirements of the lighting sector to provide an IP rated(free from water ingress) sealed unit. In this specific project, ABL is using its skilled welding cell to weld an extruded component body with two capping end plates.

The pressure regulated and high speed sealing applicator then enables the ABL assembly cell to 100% seal the unit ready for the next stage of photometric kitting.

Commenting on the new investment, Stephen Richardson (MD) stated: "this is a further example of ABL meeting the exacting demands from different market sectors. In this case our customer is seeking a sealed unit produced via a controlled and quality assured process. We are able to reduce takt times and minimise costs to manufacture thousands of these attractive and highly certified lights"

Please contact us today with any enquiries you have.​

Telephone: 0121 789 86 86​

ABL Investment - Stretch Forming Capability

ABL have invested in new up to date technology incorporating a fully controlled 2 axis forming machine that is capable of 8
axis forming-four axis on the base of the machine and two on each side.

Stretch forming of aluminium is the most accurate, repeatable and quickest of the forming processes. There are a number
of benefits to this process, in particular greater control of accuracy achieving closer tolerance than that of the other forming

Stretch forming can be applied to a wide range of sections making the process very flexible to a wide range of applications
and industries. It is an ideal solution even for small to medium size batch quantities and can be cost effective on a
"one off contract" such as a new architectural project or construction build.​

Parts are predominately produced in pairs in one single forming operation so ideal for symmetrical parts made from the
same section which in turn reduces cost.​

Please contact us today with any enquiries you have.​

Telephone: 0121 789 86 86

ABL Receives Top Supplier Award

​Control Techniques (CT), part of Emerson Industrial Automation, is a world leader in the manufacture of AC, servo and DC variable speed drives, motors and automation solutions for commercial and industrial applications.

CT launched a supplier recognition award scheme a year ago and ABL is pleased to announce that it has been judged as one of CT's Top 5 Suppliers in 2014/15. ABL supplies a large range of bespoke, high power heatsinks to CT and the award recognised exceptional performance in the areas of Quality, Delivery, Commercial Relationship and Collaboration. To qualify for the award shortlist, suppliers needed to achieve a minimum on-time performance of 98% and a quality reject rate of less than 1,000 ppm. ABL was the only supplier to achieve 100% on time delivery and achieved a quality score of less than 100 ppm.​

The awards were presented at CT's Annual Supplier Conference in November 2015 and Stephen Richardson of ABL is pictured receiving the award from CT's President, Scott Anderson and Rhiddian Wilson, VP Global Operations and Supply Chain.​

Luke Burton – Pink Ribbon Foundation

Luke Burton creation

ABL caught up with local sculptor Luke Burton after his charity event had taken place in July of this year.

Luke Burton Pibk Ribbon award

The event was held solely in aid of raising money for The Pink Ribbon Foundation – a charity close to Luke’s heart. ABL supplied Luke with the aluminium used to create the pieces that were up for auction. Luke informs us that each of his pieces has a meaning behind them and they are a reflection of his personality.

The event was held at The Mandarin Hotel in London. Luke says there was a great turn out of guests - including some famous faces! There were 6 pieces on display at the event for guests to enjoy, including Luke’s newest piece – The Venom of Love.

All in all, Luke states the event was a success and lots of money was raised for a good cause. ABL were honoured to be a part of this event and to be associated with the Pink Ribbon Foundation.

ABL Supply Luke Burton with Additional Aluminium to Support Charity Event

Composure sculpture

ABL recently caught up with local sculptor Luke Burton who informed us of some of his upcoming work. ABL previously supplied Luke with some recycled aluminium for him to craft into large sculptures using his own unique techniques. From ABL’s metal he created pieces “Believe” and “Beyond all Limits” in association with the 2012 Olympics and Help for Heroes charity.

Luke's “Beyond all Limits” sculpture is on permanent display at the Birmingham NEC. He also has another one of his pieces “A Work of Heart” on display at well-known restaurant Le Monde in Brindley Palace Birmingham for visitors to enjoy. In the past he has also had his work on display at Marco Pierre Whites. ABL have supplied Luke with additional aluminium to support an upcoming charity event close to his heart, to take place in 2015.

His most recent piece “Composure” is a larger than life-size sculpture of a woman weighing approximately 200-300kgs. The piece is to be revealed and auctioned off at the event. Luke states “I want to address the issue and the importance of the charity; it can affect any one of us”. ABL are honoured to supply the metal to Luke in the support of a fantastic charity.

More details of the 2015 charity event will be revealed in the New Year.

You can visit Lukes website on http://www.lukeburtonsculptor.com/


ABL Heatsinks Join Electrolube at Electronica 2014 in Munich, Germany, November 11-14

Electronica 2014Electronica stand

Electro-chemicals specialist, Electrolube is joined by ABL Heatsinks on their exhibition stands at Electronica this year. Electrolube are launching advanced new coating, heat transfer and thermal management products and ABL have supplied the heatsinks to demonstrate and display how effective the new products are.

Visitors to Electronica 2014 (Munich, Germany, November 11-14) will find the Electrolube and ABL Heatsinks in Halls A6 (Stand 131) and B1 (Stand 548).


This year, Hall A6 is dedicated to the automotive industry sector and here Electrolube will be presenting its conformal coatings, resins and contact lubricant products and examples of its application process expertise.

Hall B1 hosts sensors, micro- and nano-systems, MEMS technologies and electromechanical/system peripherals; here Electrolube will demonstrate its extensive capabilities in thermal management.

Based in Birmingham, ABL has been a supplier of heat sinks to the electronics industry since its formation in 1975 and now offers one of the UK's most comprehensive ranges of heat sinks. ABL is at the forefront in the design and manufacture of heat sinks and now supplies, from stock, many of the electronics industry's most widely specified components from its modern facilities. ABL continues to be recognised as a leading supplier of heat sinks across the globe, gaining in recognition as an expert in the field of heat sinks and thermal dissipation technology.


ABL to help sculptor Luke Burton in local charity project


"Believe" - Beyond all means.
Unveiled by Nick Owen.


"Beyond All Limits"
Unveiled and on display at NEC.

ABL is pleased to announce it will be assisting Luke Burton in his next charity project by supplying him with aluminium that is going to be crafted into a large scale sculpture.

Luke Burton was born and raised in Solihull, where he still lives and works, and his creative career took off when he was 15, the age he sold his first sculpture to a private buyer. He has been producing sculptures ever since for private sale.

His latest two sculptures were presented at auction for "Help the Hero's". These are also the first two pieces of work which Luke had made available for public viewing.

Both these sculptures had the Olympics in mind. The sculptures titled "Believe" and "Beyond all limits" were inspired by people that go beyond all means to achieve their goals.

Both these pieces have been made using Luke's own unique technique and utilising recyclable aluminium.

Now Luke is commissioning a new sculpture using aluminium supplied by ABL, this sculpture is being created for charity - details of which will follow soon.

We will keep you updated on Luke's progress and charity details in due course so watch this space.

You can follow Luke on twitter @LBSculptor


bga heatsink

New Range of BGA Heatsinks Launched

ABL has recently launched a brand new suite of BGA heatsinks to complement its comprehensive product range . ABL has over 35 years experience in supplying the heatsink market with a range of different products - from simple board mounted heatsinks to some of the best high dissipation heatsinks in the world.

Customer demand for a local supplier of BGA (board grid array) heatsinks has encouraged ABL to now provide a full range of BGA devices - Flip Chip, Push Pin and Standard BGA. These come in with a choice of mounting options: tape and / or mechanical attachment.

Additionally these BGA heatsinks can be purchased in small lot quantities and are available from stock - typically on a 3 day turnaround. Why not click onto our BGA page to obtain more information?

aluminium anodising

ABL has invested substantially in its automated anodising facilities

Increased anodising capacity and anodising capability has been created as a result of this activity.
Remember that ABL is able to anodise a full range of components or parts - from 10mm long to 2.7 metres. We offer anodising in natural / silver (AA) grades, as well as black anodising and gold anodising.
We are happy to offer this service on customer‘s own parts (free isssue) or to also anodise components where customers ask us to source the raw material as well.
Click here for more information about ABL‘s anodising capability. Click here to contact us about anodising.




ABL has increased the capability of the Mecal and can now machine aluminium extrusions up to 14,000mm long!!
ABL designs its own tools to ensure excellent quality components are produced to tight tolerances from aluminium extrusions, castings or sheet. This ensures that we keep set-up prices as low as possible which is particularly important for new products or projects, low quantity parts and product development or prototyping.