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Made in the Midlands weekly round up - 11/11/16

Posted on: Nov 14th

The biggest manufacturing exhibition exclusive to the East Midlands region is now less than one week away. We have officially sold out our exhibition stands for the Pedigree Suite and it is clear that exhibitors are excited about the Chairman of the Conservative Party, Sir Patrick McLoughlin opening the show.

Business Development Manager of Control Energy Costs (CEC), Liam Conway stated: “Having Sir Patrick McLoughlin opening the East Midlands Exhibition shows the weight behind the membership that Made In The Midlands have the gravitas to pull in such a high profile individual.”

On Thursday 17th November, Made in the Midlands will welcome over 600 representatives of the Midlands manufacturing sector at the iPro Stadium in Derby. In addition to Sir Patrick’s opening seminar, British motorcycle marque, Norton Motorcycles and multinational aerospace and transportation company, Bombardier will deliver seminars aimed at providing an expert insight for attendees.

In other news, Donald Trump has been elected as the 45th President of the United States of America. Trump has previously been quoted as stating: “Britain would not be at ‘back of the queue’ for a US trade deal if it quits European Union.”

Made in the Midlands polled manufacturers on how they felt about the US public’s decision, the potential impact to the global economy and the impact it may have on their business in the UK.

Managing Director of Boneham and Turner, Charles Boneham reacted: “If I was a US citizen I would have voted for Donald Trump, even though like a lot of the US I don’t see him as perfect. I believe that this is the result of the US population (similar to the UK with Brexit) who are tired of self-righteous, arrogant politicians and media who have forgotten that they are there to serve the electorate and not the other way around. Personally I am glad to see someone go into the White House with business experience, who is not a politician.”

Boneham Metal Products are a sister company of Boneham & Turner Ltd (UK), the UK’s leading Drill Bushing manufacturer. They have firmly established a reputation for quality and reliability in the supply of high precision Inch drill bushings, Metric drill bushings, and dowel pins. Charles’ insight was featured on the November 10th edition of Radio Five Live here.

We would also like to congratulate Made in the Midlands President, Christopher Greenough for featuring in the Manufacturer Top 100 influential individuals in the manufacturing sector. He was awarded ‘Exemplar’ status, which is reserved for the top twenty individuals. A testament to the work he has put in through all his roles, and his enthusiasm for the sector and region.

Assembled Electronic Solutions create innovative IOT monitoring system

Assembled Electronic Solutions have created an innovative IOT based monitoring system that is designed to work across a range of different industries. The system has the cutting edge capabilities of offering predictive analytics to customers working closely with its sister company EveryWare Ltd, who offer an end to end monitoring system.

The system ensures that customers can not only monitor their equipment, they will also be provided with an insight into any potential wear and tear of their equipment. The manufacturing industry is currently in the process of facing an ‘Industry 4.0’ revolution and AES can offer the capabilities of turning products into smart products.

Managing Director of AES, Nigel Maris stated: “We have created a matrix, where we can continue to add different measurement parameters in response to our client requests. We work with a smart hub, so the base platform of the sensors can talk to each other through a network. For example, if there is a motion sensor on a range of cars, they all pass messages back to the hub, the hub can then set alarms off or send reports and can give you access to the data anywhere in the world.”

Alloy Heat and adi working towards inspiring the future

Made in the Midlands Awards winners Alloy Heat Treatment have announced a brand new investment drive of £50,000 in supporting their apprentices.

They pride themselves on rewarding loyalty and talent which is exemplified by their six current directors. Throughout the leadership team, they have a combined total of over 100 years of experience within Alloy Heat. Three of the directors kickstarted their careers by working on the shop floor at Alloy Heat and the business is keen to replicate this in the future.

Alloy Heat Managing Director, Adrian Church explained: “We are aiming to get our apprentices to move around one or two departments, yet they tend to get very good in a specialist role. I anticipate that one or two of them will be selected for leadership or managerial programmes in the future.”

Alternatively, Birmingham based engineering solutions firm, adi Group, will be supporting Tomorrow’s Engineers Week by sharing stories from its Apprentice and Pre-Apprentice programmes in a bid to inspire more young people to embrace the opportunities that exist within the world of engineering.

Earlier this year, the Group stepped up its support for Engineering Apprenticeships in Birmingham after joining the 5% Club. Designed to encourage UK businesses to employ the equivalent of five per cent of their workforce through apprenticeships, the 5% Club is supported by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, and is part of the government’s goal to create three million more apprenticeships by 2020.

Patrons discuss achievements and events

FBC Manby Bowdler have unveiled a new sponsorship deal to keep the University of Wolverhampton’s Formula 3 team on the winning track.

They signed a three-year agreement with the team that will include sponsorship of the F3 Cup racing car, an annual bursary for one female engineering student, and an engineering prize to be awarded in the law firm’s name.

Additionally, FBC have been featured in the latest edition of a prestigious independent legal guide to the country’s best operators.

Chambers & Partners, which identifies and ranks the most outstanding law firms and lawyers annually, awarded three of FBC Manby Bowdler’s departments in Shropshire - Agricultural & Rural Services, Family & Matrimonial, and Private Client - the top possible status of Band 1.

Managing Partner Kim Carr said: “The ratings are a reflection of the hard work and stellar customer service we deliver to our clients and are particularly gratifying for us as they are based on independent research and customer feedback.”

Also, since Control Energy Costs became Patrons for Made In The Midlands in late February 2016, they have tried to make full use of the opportunity of helping manufacturers get a better understand of their energy and reduce costs.

To date, they now work with 47 members as they continue to meet people via networking events, exhibitions and one to one meetings. By the end of November they aim to be working with 50 members, as they have a number of meetings already set.

Finally, many businesses still feel they are immune to Cyber-attacks and feel that their organisation is unattractive to financial fraudsters and organised cyber criminals, but in reality, nothing could be further than the truth. That’s why Patrons Lloyds Bank and Arthur J Gallagher have joined forces to host a Cyber Crime event on the 24th November at Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum, Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7XG. Full details are here.

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