Case Studies

Developing Lontra’s clean-tech Blade Compressor® technology

in partnership with Universal Wolf by Lontra and Universal Wolf


Develop the enclosure design to bring our revolutionary energy saving Blade Compressor® technology to market.

With proven reliability gains and energy savings, the Lontra Blade Compressor® is the first clean-sheet compressor design in over 80 years.

We are a leading engineering, manufacturing and digital services business whose Blade Compressor® technology is our flagship innovation: the first widely applicable new compressor design in over 80 years. Its design and geometry mean that it leaks less, uses less energy and is more reliable than traditional machines of this type.

Lontra approached Universal Wolf with a basic design for the metalwork that would hold our core compressor technology and other high-value components. We needed a partner who could both support us in ensuring the design was suitable for manufacture; and work with us to scale up manufacture of the product.

A Better, Smarter Solution

We worked with Universal Wolf on the design of the enclosure for our Blade Compressor® technology, from the prototyping stage of product development, through to working in partnership with them to manufacture the pre-production enclosures for the product.

They supported us on the design and the future manufacturability of the enclosure, helping to create a unique product that is robust, efficient, and noise dampening – a critical consideration for those working alongside compressor technology in a manufacturing environment.

The partnership approach was key, with both teams understanding that the relationship and collaboration between our companies would be key to the success of the project.


The partnership between Lontra and Universal Wolf is built on trust. They supported Lontra as we took our compressor from prototype to full-scale manufacture, maintaining the design integrity of the enclosure and controlling costs at the same time.

Their support means that the enclosure is designed for scaled-up manufacture and cost-effective, while also maintaining our design ambitions – a unique, sleek and highly detailed casing which relays the quality within. With Universal Wolf’s support, our product is proven to be up to a third more efficient than its competitors, offering incredible energy savings and delivering significant improvements in reliability.

This was achieved by a collaborative working relationship in which Universal Wolf were able to match our ambition, they worked as part of our extended team to help bring the product to market and supported our goal to make the world better.

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