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Made in the Midlands weekly round up - 28/10/16

Posted on: Oct 30th

In the eighth installment of our weekly blogging series, Made in the Midlands were still promoting our award winning members at last week’s Made in the Midlands Awards on social media. All of the photos from our awards are available here:

Additionally, Made in the Midlands uploaded the full coverage of our Made in the Midlands Awards to our YouTube channel. The video includes interviews with Lord Mike Whitby, Danielle Brown MBE, Phil Stanley, Ian Perks and Melvin Sinar. You can watch our awards coverage here:

We also recorded the latest edition of our Made in the Midlands TV ‘Meet Britain’s makers’ series with Patron and Managing Director of R&D Tax Claims, Mark Evans. Mark discussed how networking events have affected his business and how many members they have worked with.

Subcon win prestigious award and PAB Coventry get nominated

Subcon Laser Cutting Ltd won the coveted CET Coventry & Warwickshire “Excellence in Manufacturing” award. The winners were announced at a grand gala dinner and presentation night held at the Ricoh Arena on Thursday 20th October.

Tom Mongan General Manager at Subcon Laser said: “Winning the award was an unbelievable achievement given the pedigree of the other two finalists, namely Jaguar Land Rover and The Autins Group.  It was a great honour just to be nominated as a finalist with these two truly world class organisations and then to actually win the award is quite remarkable.”

Alternatively, PAB Coventry from Coventry has fought off competition from across the country to be nominated for a prestigious national innovation award which will see the company heading to Parliament later this month.

PAB is one of just five companies nominated for the Innovation leading to innovation leading to business transformation in Innovate UK’s Small Business innovation awards. They also have a chance of winning the best of the best “Inspirational innovation” award.

Frank Dudley raise £4,000 for charity and review apprentice

The manufacturing community came together on September 30th 2016 to collectively raise donations for the Macmillan Cancer Trust. Made in the Midlands were joint sponsors alongside a range of great representatives of the manufacturing sector.

The harsh reality is that Macmillan wouldn’t be possible without mornings like these, and unfortunately it is hard to find someone who hasn’t been directly or indirectly affected Cancer. This is why Frank Dudley Ltd chose to support this fantastic charity and why they are so proud to present the team at Macmillan with their donation of £4,000 and announce that next year they will be running the event again.

After three months of being employed by Frank Dudley, Tom Weaver wrote a blog on his experiences at the company, as he stated: “Meetings have gone from empty stares at customers and suppliers, to actually understanding content and taking down some helpful notes! I’ve also broadened my capabilities here, by observing and retaining information from Josh and several other members, allowing me to assist with quoting and to constructively contribute to ongoing projects.

“My time at work is seldom monotonous, with quoting, contacting associates and compiling data making up the bulk of my work load. No two enquiries are the same, and it is always engaging working out process routes and feasibilities.”

Mechatronic discuss women in engineering and recruitment drive with MIM Patron

Having forecasted a sustained period of growth as a result of a healthy increase in orders and the planned introduction of several new products, Mechatronic Solutions identified the need to take a more strategic approach to recruit the highly skilled professionals needed to take the business forward.

Since entering a full service supply arrangement in December 2014, Jonathan Lee Recruitment has drawn upon its unrivalled engineering and manufacturing recruitment capability and market presence to make a number of successful contract and permanent placements.

In other news, Mechatronic promoted their desire to create opportunities for women in engineering. There was a group of girls’ teams which took part in Birmingham City University’s Engineering Challenge, held this week as part of National Women in Engineering Day.  

Only 6% of UK engineers are female, and the nation faces a disturbing skills shortage of 55,000 engineers a year at current rates.

Ark St Alban’s Academy Academy student, Masooma, has just secured an engineering apprenticeship at Mechatronic Solutions, a local automation solutions business. “I have a goal and I’m going to go for it. At the end of the day, I don’t want to have any regrets,” she said.

SD Products designs a solution for Jaguar Land Rover

SD Products recently received an enquiry from a tier 1 Jaguar Land Rover supplier for a fixing that would hold a seal to a BIW (Body in White) section of a vehicle. The brief was to design a low profile fastener for both A and B surfaces that would also have to prevent lateral movement.

SD visited the customer, assessed the application and found that none of the available fixings would completely prevent a possibility of clashing with supporting BIW. They came up with a design for a brand new solution that consisted of a 2 piece snap fastener and raised the initial drawing. First 3D printed prototypes of the design revealed that some excess material needed to be removed from the fastener head.

After all necessary amendments were completed the updated version of the design was submitted for a second round of prototyping. The part was subsequently deemed fit for purpose and taken to tooling stage. The final batch of samples was tested and approved by the tier 1 supplier and Jaguar Land Rover, the part is now in full production.

Lutterworth and Borwell discuss future events

Lutterworth EcoLighting have 2 members of the EcoLighting team heading off to Hong Kong & China for 7 days!  Our Managing Director, Martin Needham, & Development Director, Steve Gardner, will both be heading out on Wednesday 26th November, for their week long trip. They will be attending the Hong Kong International Lighting Fair. Taking place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

As the threat of cyber-crime increases day by day, businesses become ever more vulnerable to cyber-criminals operating all over the world. Smaller organisations are more at risk as they become the primary target for cyber-criminals, with a reported 50% rise in attacks in the last 12 months. Borwell are hosting a security refresher workshop for £80 +VAT. Full details are here:

Additional news

Thames Water Chambers topped with super-secure turrets 

ACE innovating the etching of titanium at Advanced Engineering

Foraging for Funding

ROHM Nc centric 5 axis clamping devices from ETG 

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