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

Posted on: Dec 21st

In our extended year end edition of the round-up,  Made in the Midlands are delighted to announce that we raised £750 for Save the Children in celebration of Christmas Jumper Day. The money was collectively raised at our Christmas drinks celebration at Hotel Du Vin, Birmingham.

Managing Director of Threeway Pressings, Philip Stanley stated: “This is a fantastic achievement from Made in the Midlands members. We eclipsed last year’s total comfortably and it is great to show people that manufacturers are a very proud collective of people that do a lot for charity throughout the year.”

The winner of the raffle was declared as the Managing Director of Hucknall Sheetmetal, Jason Thorpe. Hucknall are a first tier supplier to the Aerospace Industries and also supply into the Transport, Environment, Energy, Food and Drink and Healthcare sectors.

Additionally, manufacturers drove a fleet of trucks outside our Christmas drinks celebration to prove that Midlands manufacturers are stronger together. Vehicles were driven by Salop Powder Coating, Frank Dudley, Yeoman Pressings, Pemberton Engineering, Cooper & Jackson, SSC Laser, BBE Engineering, A.E.Oscroft & Sons Ltd, Petford Group and Phoenix Tooling and Development.

Made in the Midlands President, Christopher Greenough explained: “There is a lot of talk at the moment on manufacturing, about how 2016 will finish, how 2017 will start and nothing but post-Brexit uncertainty in the news. The idea of the MiM Flotilla is to show that manufacturing is alive and well, and that Britain is open for business.

“I organised the flotilla with MiM members, and at each event the number of vans, trucks and vehicles with logos increases. This is a testament to the members, we take to the roads to show that we are resilient, united and above all optimistic for the future. To show the media and government that we have the enthusiasm for our sector, manufacturing can help push the UK economy forward and that, with their support the UK can continue to lead the world.”

Managing Director of Yeoman Pressings, Graham Yeomans said: “Yeoman Pressings Ltd were once again thoroughly pleased to be part of the MIM flotilla at this year’s Christmas drinks. What a fantastic way to show us as a united front!”

Additionally, Sales Director of Petford Group, Nick Howard said: “Taking part in this year’s flotilla really helped to show Birmingham that manufacturing is still at the heart of the Midlands. Petford were pleased to be invited to take part in this demonstration and look forward to bringing Birmingham to a standstill again next year!”

Manufacturer creates nearly 40 jobs after post-Brexit vote sales boost

A leading Staffordshire fabrication specialist has cast aside uncertainty following the Brexit vote to secure more than £1.5m of new orders in just six months.

Mec Com, which is part of the Manufacturing Assembly Network (MAN), has seen turnover rise to £14m after it started work on the Siemens’ Alpha project that taps into the firm’s Total Manufacturing Solutions strategy to offer component production, final assembly and testing capabilities.

This has led to the creation of 39 new jobs and driven the need for a new £485,000 Trumpf 3030 Fibre Laser, with plans for further investment in new panel bending and robotic welding capacity scheduled for 2017.

Mec Com is a member of the Manufacturing Assembly Network, a nine-strong group of sub-contract manufacturers who work together to win orders and share best practice and resource.

The collective, which enjoys more than £70m sales and employs over 750 people, can offer every engineering discipline imaginable, including automation and control systems, casting, design, forging, plastic injection moulding, PCB development and high volume pressings.

Briggs donates £150,000 to UK-based charities and Hexagon’s Seasons Greetings

In just 12 months, kind-hearted employees at Briggs Equipment have helped to raise close to £150,000 for a number of worthy causes.

The asset management and engineering services specialist has a dedicated employee-led fundraising programme, as Janet Noble, Chair of the Briggs Charity Team, explains.

“As a company, one of the things of which we’re most proud is our commitment to corporate social responsibility,” she says.

“Our people are willing to devote a huge amount of time and energy to helping charities and local community projects that are close to their hearts, so we’re thrilled to be able to support the work of numerous worthy causes, both large and small, that make a real difference to people’s lives.”

Also, at Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, they develop technology solutions that enable manufacturers to sense, think and act to improve quality and productivity. Their global charity partner Wings for Life funds world-class research and clinical trials focused on the spinal cord –the messaging system between the brain and the body –which allows all of us to sense, think and act every day.

This festive period, Hexagon will be donating €5,000 to help Wings for Life achieve this goal.To find out more about Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence and Wings for Life, visit

Ashton & Moore discuss new Union MDMV2 PX and Nadcap success

New Bronze members, Ashton & Moore Ltd are proud to announce that they have recently installed and commissioned a Union MDMV2 PX totally enclosed solvent degreaser supplied by D&S Ultraclean Ltd.

In operating this machine, together with using the Dow Chemicals Safetainer solvent delivery and removal system, this should allow Ashton & Moore Ltd. to drastically reduce their usage of Perchlorethylene and any related emissions. In fact, the latter are so limited that, unlike the previously employed double-door degreaser, this machine requires no stack of any kind venting to the atmosphere.

Furthermore, Ashton & Moore Ltd announced that following their November 2016 audit, they have successfully achieved re-certification under the Nadcap approval system in chemical processing.

Not only did they achieve re-certification, but are also qualified under the Supplier Merit Scheme for 18 months approval. For copies of the new certification, contact Ashton & Moore’s Quality department or alternatively seem our website’s ‘Third Party Accreditation Scope’ in the Approvals area.

Cooper and Jackson Feature in Black Country Growth Barometer

Cooper and Jackson are 18th on the list of the top 50 fastest growing companies in the Black Country

The BDO report, published in the Express and Star, ranks the companies whose turnover has grown by the highest percentage over the last three years in the Black Country.

Commercial Director Simon Edwards said that he was “delighted to see our efforts recognised in the report” and that he was “confident the commercial strategy we have in place will bring further success in 2017.”

2016 conclusion from Subcon Laser’s General Manager, Tom Mongan

“Well 2016 was some year wasn’t it, what with Brexit and Donald Trump being chosen as the next President of the USA, it is certainly leading to 2017 being an interesting one.

Closer to home we at Subcon Laser have continued to invest in the very latest technology available, and 2016 seen us take delivery of the UK’s first Trumpf 8kw fiber laser with Cooline Technology. We also invested in the very latest state of the art 3D laser scanning and inspection system, we have increased turnover by over £1 million pounds and have started exporting parts to India.

And it’s just nice when someone else recognises your achievements as we also won the Coventry & Warwickshire award for “Excellence in Manufacturing” beating the likes of JLR and the Autins Group whom were the other nominated finalists.

It has also been an interesting first year as gold members of Made in the Midlands, I have attended most of the breakfast morning events, I attended the great Brexit debate and ended up being shadowed by Japanese TV.  We exhibited at the MIM expo in May, I have been interviewed on MIM TV by Ilona Pitt and I also attended the East Mids expo. Oh and I attended the summer drinks reception at the Hotel DuVin, but unfortunately was unable to make the Christmas one.

Speaking of Christmas, I hope all MIM members have a great one and I also wish everyone a happy, peaceful and prosperous New Year.”

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