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Made in the Midlands weekly round up - 02/12/16

Posted on: Dec 2nd

The latest Made in the Midlands breakfast morning was hosted by Dudley College, who aim to help young people find a job, train for a career, prepare for university by helping them to develop the right skills and knowledge to prepare them.

The breakfast morning was hosted in the pristine Dudley Advance I: Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing facility. There is 2,800m squared feet of specialist teaching space spread across four floors. The building contains facilities for the study of engineering and manufacturing including mechatronics, electrical engineering and engineering science.

Employer Engagement Manager, Georgina Barnard stated: “I think it’s been very successful it’s great to see so many engineering and manufacturing companies from the area come to visit Dudley College today and look at the facilities at Advance I which is our engineering and manufacturing centre.”

Additionally, we invited TP Engineering’s Managing Director Paul Stubbs, Portakabin’s Manufacturing Business Development Manager, Matthew Stevens and Yeoman Pressings Operations Director, Allan Jones into the Made in the Midlands TV studio to discuss their businesses and achievements during the year.

We also announced that we will be hosting our charity wheelbarrow raffle in association with Threeway Pressings at our Christmas drinks celebration on Thursday 8th December at Hotel Du Vin, Birmingham.

All of the donations we receive at the Christmas drinks will be uploaded on JustGiving. The winner of this year’s Christmas raffle will be revealed on Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day which takes place on Friday 16th December.

Threeway Pressings Managing Director, Phil Stanley stated: “We do a lot of work with cancer charities throughout the year and it would be brilliant to see Made in the Midlands members get involved with the Christmas raffle. It would be a great way to end the year, by having a bit of fun with other members whilst raising money for Save the Children.”

Zaun celebrate their 20th anniversary

With shrewd management, key contracts, clients and collaborators, and a relentless focus on the customer, Zaun has grown year on year since launching into the UK fencing market in November 1996.

Co-founder and director Alastair Henman says: ‘Trading conditions have been tough for a fair proportion of those 20 years, so we have had to innovate, invest and add more value to keep ahead and busy.

‘Our ongoing investment in people, equipment and relationships has ensured we have the most modern machinery and production software.  This reduces wastage and speeds up production times, giving us the edge over the competition.

‘And contractors have witnessed the change in emphasis and our commitment to customer care and strengthening relationships and are consequently collaborating on more projects with us.’

They also announced that they have developed an installation method to make best use of the properties of the high security fabric ArmaWeave. The fencing, which is unique to Zaun, as is the ability to rake it – is produced on the world’s largest mesh weaving machine at the company’s West Midlands manufacturing base.

Zaun co-founder and director Alastair Henman says: ‘We had to invest in the weaving machine ahead of the sales in the belief we could produce an innovative product installers, specifiers and high security facility managers would want.’

Minster Micro and Taylors Transport highly commended at awards

Minster Micro has been highly commended for its commitment to apprenticeships and for its work in developing young people and providing jobs.

Kidderminster-based Minster Micro Computers Ltd finished as runner-up in the Newcomer Apprenticeship Employer of the Year category at the recent Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards.

Susan Marlow, director at Minster Micro said: “To be recognised and commended by business leaders for our successful apprenticeship programme is a superb milestone for us, especially as we were up against some large nationwide companies.

Alternatively, Taylor’s Management and family were proud to support the Chad Business Awards on Thursday 24th November by sponsoring The Small Business Category which was won by the Mansfield Manor Hotel.

The founder of Taylors - Barry Taylor was nominated for a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ recognising a lifetime of hard work and dedication to laying the foundation stones of  the Taylors Transport Group who are now recognised as a major player in the Logistics Industry offering transport solutions worldwide.

Brooks discuss process and adi strengthen leadership

Brooks Forgings Ltd was recently approached to produce special lifting assemblies that are used to safely lift and relocate heavy industrial stillages.

Their client, originally importing components from abroad, was let down on delivery.

Brooks Forgings was happy to step in and provide an on time solution that was achieved due to the extensive on-site manufacturing capabilities available.

The overall assembly comprises of a link and eye bolt, produced from high tensile material. The M20 eye bolt was designed to function with a working load limit of 2 tonne and fully drop forged, machined and threaded in-house. The link, manufactured from 20mm diameter material, was hot bent and flash butt welded, also on-site, allowing for heat treatment.

Furthermore, adi Group has bolstered its senior leadership team with the appointment of Lee Price as group sales director to drive company-wide growth across its 20 divisions.

Lee brings with him more than ten years’ sales and business development experience in the commercial building, safety and facilities management sectors, which he will utilise to implement adi’s long-term business development strategy and cement its position in the market as a leading engineering solutions provider.

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