B&W Factory Tour 2012
What goes into making a pair of B&W speakers? The Seven Integration team went on a factory tour of Worthing’s Bowers & Wilkins factory to find out.
Worthing. A seaside town on the south coast in West Sussex. Perhaps not where you would imagine a company with a pedigree like B&W to have its head quarters, but from their humble beginnings at the back of a shop that is still in business with the name Bowers & Wilkins above the door (although only one half of the partnership and not to be confused with the Bowers & Wilkins Group), B&W still reside a stone’s throw from the beach turning out some of the finest loudspeakers in the world.
B&W is a company that doesn’t cut corners. When the only company in the world capable of making their 800 series cabinets to the required standard found itself in financial trouble they simply bought the company and moved everyone from Denmark over to the UK. The obvious solution!
Although much of the work in building a pair of B&W speakers is automated with robot arms doing the precision cutting and other robots spraying, the vast majority of the work is still done by hand, from applying resin to the Kevlar cones that make the drive units, to polishing, assembly and packing. It takes a day to polish one speaker cabinet and a week to build a single speaker.