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Made in the Midlands weekly round up - #3

Posted on: Sep 23rd

This week, Made in the Midlands released our MIM TV interview by our Inside Sales Executive, Richard Hobbs with RSD Pressings operations director, Daniel Burton.

Furthermore, this week signalled the deadline for our 2016 Made in the Midlands Awards applications. All of the applications will be analysed and the winners will be selected by our patrons and industry specialists within the next two weeks.

Issue 8 of the Made in the Midlands magazine has been sent off to the press. All of your greatest content has been merged together to create arguably the greatest edition so far of our magazine. The magazine includes: Lord Whitby’s unveiling, Danielle Brown MBE speaking at our MIM Awards 2016 and our House of Lords dinner. Deliveries will be made by the Express and Star within the next week or two.

Arrowsmith secure two six-figure contracts

Coventry based aerospace supplier, Arrowsmith Engineering has secured two six-figure contracts with some of the industry’s global manufacturers – after investing in an expansion of its production facilities.

The firm was aided in the contract wins by a £450,000 extension to its factory, facilitated by funds from Coventry City Council through the Coventry & Warwickshire Growth Hub.

The money has enabled the business to extend its working area by 8,000 sq ft - including a new 5,000 sq ft factory - to increase manufacturing levels. The remaining 3,000 sq ft is new office space for a team of CAD designers, quality engineers and interns.

Subcon Laser finalists in Coventry & Warwickshire awards

Subcon Laser Cutting Ltd have been selected as one of the three companies to be nominated as finalists in the Coventry & Warwickshire business awards “Excellence in Manufacturing” category. 

Tom Mongan, General Manager at Subcon said: “To be selected as one of the three finalists from all of the companies who entered in the Coventry and Warwickshire region is an honour and a great achievement. It is testament to the skill, dedication & hard work put in on a daily basis by all the staff at Subcon, especially when one considers the pedigree of the other two finalists, namely Jaguar Land Rover and The Autins Group PLC”.

Members have new qualifications, software, products and status

Leicestershire based world-class provider of CNC precision-machined parts, O.L.D. Engineering have announced their new Fit for Nuclear (F4N) status.

Achieving F4N status is destined to enhance O.L.D’s reputation within the nuclear sector, as Chris concluded: “To be able to show you are F4N gives potential Customers the peace of mind that you understand the expectations involved within the industry. Already all of the hard work has paid off, by winning contracts in the decommissioning sector.”

Students at a Bromsgrove secondary school are getting ready to swap the classroom for real world experience, with the launch of an employer-backed scheme designed to revolutionise the future of engineering in the UK.

North Bromsgrove High School in partnership with the Birmingham-based multi-disciplinary engineering solutions company, adi Group, has unveiled a pre-apprenticeship qualification for 14-16 year olds which will take in its first contingent of twelve students in September 2016.

Precision Metals And Plastics Limited  have invested in the latest CNC machining technology and have recently invested in two new seats of 5 Axis Cad Cam software. This will increase our flexibility in machining complicated 5 Axis milled components.

Abacus Technologies are now stockists of Gorilla Glue, a super strong glue for your adhesive needs.

Advanced Chemical Etching and Frederick Cooper provide insights

Titanium is renowned for its strength and lightweight properties but it is difficult to etch due to the fact that it rapidly forms a protective oxidised coating when exposed to air; a coating that is exceptionally hard to dissolve.

Advanced Chemical Etching have developed a new innovative, unique process called TIME, which solves an issue they face. Gary Marriott, Technical Sales Manager at ACE-UK, explains the advances of this technology.

Alternatively, Frederick Cooper encouraged a sprayer to provide their thoughts on a day in the life of a Frederick Cooper worker. This was a fantastic insight into a working day within a manufacturing company for any young people out there.

Members host, visit and exhibit at events

Minster Micro are taking part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning to raise money for Macmillan and would love for you to join them. The coffee morning will be held on Friday 30th September 09:30am until 12:00pm at the Minster Offices. You can secure your tickets by emailing:

After Quantum Precision’s recent business purchase of Maywick they reviewed the company’s fair visits earlier this year. In May, Maywick attended the bi-annual Pig and Poultry Fair. Maywick has a large database of long standing and loyal clients that Quantum were keen to meet with and reassure them of continued quality of product and service.

Rical Groups textile division, Mitchell Grieve, is proud to announce it will be exhibiting at ITMA Asia textile show from the 21st to the 25th Oct 2016 Hall H4 Booth C59.

Hepworth International’s Marine division are exhibiting at the Marintec South America Exhibition during 19th – 21st September 2016 held at the Sul America Convention Center in Brazil.

Patrons named in Legal 500 and release Business in Britain survey

The 2016 Legal 500 rankings were recently announced and patent and trade mark attorney firm and Made in the Midlands Patron Swindell & Pearson was delighted to be mentioned as one of the UK’s top intellectual property firms with both their patents and trade mark practices receiving praise. In addition, several of the firm’s attorneys were also specifically recommended for the quality of their work.

Made in the Midlands patrons, Lloyds Bank released their new Business in Britain survey, which has been offering insights on the recent performance and expectations of domestic businesses, especially small and medium-sized companies, for over two decades. The survey is based on the responses of 1,500 firms, drawn from all industries and all parts of the country.

Watkins launch WASPS and provide solutions

Finally, Watkins Annual Steam Protection Service (WASPS) is a new service for 2016 from Watkins Hire. WASPS  has been introduced to assist all clients with steam boiler plant located across multiple sites who find themselves subject to shutdowns when annual inspections are required. In many cases a temporary rental boiler is required to cover these shutdowns to avoid downtime in production.

When a major confectionary producers on site chillers suffered a critical failure, Watkins Hire were contacted to provide an immediate temporary solution. Their temporary chiller solution included a 500kW Fluid Chiller and a 750kW Fluid Chiller.

Watkins Hire was also involved in a project that was originally designed for a temporary boiler package for domestic hot water services. Watkins Hire’s Specialist Representative was able to offer a solution for a custom manufactured plate heat exchanger package to be installed and run for the sites primary heating service from the sites existing plant.

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