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Made in the Midlands weekly round up - 14/10/16

Posted on: Oct 16th

As the Made in the Midlands awards fast approach, we are now delighted to announce that we have etched all of our winners into the awards. We look forward to seeing all of our members on 20th October at IET: Austin Court, Birmingham in our recognition of Midlands manufacturing success.

This week, we also facilitated a fantastic breakfast networking event at Ricoh UK Products Ltd. Managing Director of Ricoh, Colin Weaver delivered a brilliant speech on how manufacturers can really make the most of their tool design and sophisticated moulding facilities.

Made in the Midlands also caught up with Danielle Brown MBE, who stated: “I moved to the West Midlands six years ago now, it has been a brilliant place to live, train and work. I’m really looking forward to celebrating the success of local Midlands manufacturers. It is really important for the local community to come together and celebrate this success.”

Sertec’s Wild Automotive awarded JLRQ quality standard

Sertec’s latest acquisition Wild Automotive has been awarded Jaguar Land Rover’s Quality standard accreditation, JLRQ.

The company’s site in Aston, Birmingham had qualified for JLRQ before Sertec’s takeover of the business last month and has been awarded for quality manufacture and operating standards.

The factory specialises in the manufacture of precision components, closures and Deep Drawn parts and now forms an integral part of the Sertec Group of companies.

General Manager David Footman was delighted to accept the accreditation, saying “Everyone here has worked very hard to achieve the standards required by JLRQ, but we know we need to keep improving under the stringent quality targets set by Jaguar Land Rover.”  

The products manufactured at Aston represent new expertise and skill sets for Sertec, to complement their existing stampings and assembled component work for Jaguar Land Rover and other automotive manufacturers.

ACE and Filtermist recognise employee successes

Advanced Chemical Etching (ACE), which produces metal components for  the automotive, aerospace, F1, medical and high value engineering sectors, has appointed Jayne Powell as its Human Resource Director after she impressed on WMG’s Innovation Business Leadership (IBL) Course.

“We have invested heavily in new etching equipment and a state-of-the-art laboratory, but have also channelled significant funding into developing our staff and our people. Jayne’s development and subsequent appointment to our senior management team is testimony to this, as we really want to hold on and grow our best people.” explained Ian Whateley, Managing Director at ACE.

Additionally, two employees at leading industrial air filtration and extraction specialist Filtermist have increased the company’s in-house LEV System Design and LEV Testing capabilities by successfully completing the P601 and P602 certification process.

Former Service and Spares Coordinator Matt Wall has been promoted to Sales Engineer (LEV and Service) having completed P601 - Thorough Examination and Testing of Local Exhaust Ventilation Systems. Meanwhile Design and Technical Engineer, Elliot Webb, has recently passed his P601 and P602 – Basic Design Principles of LEV Systems.

Ajax Tocco celebrate prestigious ‘service’ award

Congratulations to Ajax TOCCO’s Chris Kenward on his recent well deserved award for ‘Meritorious Service to the Heat Treatment Industry’.

Chris’ achievements were recognised by the Surface Engineering Association and sponsored by Air Products, at their recent awards evening held at the Midland Hotel in Manchester. Chris continues to be influential within the industry, where he is a key member of probably the largest and  best equipped sub-contract induction heat treatment facility in the UK.

Chris and his team provide a ‘round the clock’ service with 17 production induction hardening machines operating at a variety of frequencies on a selection of handling systems to cater for one-offs through to continuous production of your products. Reliability and therefore turnaround times are optimised through our own in-house support departments. Chris and his team would be very happy to hear from you and work with you for all of your induction hardening requirements.

Hexagon discuss innovative Arctic Circle project

The advanced technology of Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence is playing a vital role in an ambitious and innovative project being completed in northern Norway.

Asturfeito, a Hexagon customer in Spain for over five years, leads the project, which involves the installation of two large 13.5-metre diameter radio telescopes that will observe the universe around us from an isolated location within the Arctic Circle. The measurement and later assembly for this project has utilised the advanced technology of a Leica Absolute Tracker AT402.

BSJ Fixings support local sponsorship scheme

Sandwell’s businesses can now sponsor more than 80 roundabouts and boundary signs across the borough to promote their businesses.

Mr Pally Sagoo of BSJ Fixings, said: “As soon as we heard that the council was planning this initiative, we wanted to be part of it.

“It gives is an ideal opportunity to promote our business which is only yards away from the roundabout and support the council.”

Zaun offer pupils ‘lungfuls of inspiration’

A Surrey prep school that offers pupils ‘lungfuls of inspiration’ has transformed its sports provision with a new all-weather multi-use games area (MUGA).

They turned to Wolverhampton-based steel fencing manufacturer Zaun for the only mesh system in the UK designed specifically for tennis courts, with a Super Rebound option that allows the court to stage many other games.

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