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Made in the Midlands weekly round up - 06/01/17

Posted on: Jan 9th

Made in the Midlands aim to host a record-breaking amount of member breakfast mornings throughout 2017, to further strengthen the communal spirit within the manufacturing sector.

Our first breakfast morning of the year will be hosted at the premises of Salop Powder Coating in Shrewsbury, Shropshire on 19th January from 9:00am.

Salop recently announced the fantastic detailed plans for a new state-of-the-art training hub in Shropshire were unveiled for the first time yesterday, with the aim of supporting ‘2020 learners by 2020’.

Furthermore, Made in the Midlands Platinum members Hayley Group will be hosting a breakfast event on 26th January at their Dudley, West Midlands premises from 9:00am.

Last year, Hayley celebrated the 40th anniversary of the company’s founding, and the launch of the new corporate website to support its brand identity in its fifth decade. The website’s easy navigation and enhanced approachability reflect the Hayley Group’s determination to remain responsive to their customers’ demands, and keep providing added value in the following decade.

Furthermore, we conducted our first MIM TV interviews of the year with the Chief Executive of the Manufacturing Technology Centre, Clive Hickman and the Managing Director of Malthouse Engineering, Roy Taylor. To remain updated with our MIM TV series, please ensure that you subscribe to our YouTube channel here.

Closing gap will boost productivity

Gareth Jones of In-Comm Training and Business Services feels firms should be paying greater attention to bridging the ‘competency gap’ if they are going to develop the next generation of employees.

The Black Country-born managing director has cited the importance of showing young people how the skills and knowledge they are learning can be applied on the shop floor and the only way they can do that is to ensure they have access to industry experience.

“All we constantly hear about is bridging the skills gap and, whilst we should start there, we should be ensuring they go on to the next level.

“There is no substitute for showing apprentices how the attributes they are gaining can be used to improve efficiencies, come up with new solutions or meet Just-in-Time deliveries,” explained Mr Jones.

“And that is where experienced trainers come into their own, trainers who have been experts in their field and want to pass some of that knowledge, experience and common sense down to the next generation.”

He continued: “We have just recruited another three trainers to help with expansion at our academies in the Black Country and Shropshire and this takes us up to 18. Between them, they have over 330 years’ experience of working across every manufacturing sector imaginable, from automotive and aerospace to food and pharmaceutical.”

adi Group Receives Top Corporate Social Responsibility Rating

Birmingham based engineering solutions company, adi Group, has been placed in the top one per cent of businesses for its corporate social responsibility (CSR) by one of the world’s most prestigious sustainability rating platforms, EcoVadis.

adi Group first achieved the EcoVadis Gold Accreditation in 2015 having been invited to participate by one of its multinational blue chip clients, as part of a supplier evaluation program designed to reduce risk, drive innovation and foster transparency and trust between trading partners.

In retaining the accreditation for 2016 the Group has increased its ranking from the top 5% to top 1% of companies globally evaluated by the platform.

Commenting on the re-accreditation, adi Group founder and chief executive, Alan Lusty, said: “As a business, corporate social responsibility is always high on our agenda and it’s fantastic for our hard work to be recognised for a second time by EcoVadis.

“Entering the top 1% of companies evaluated worldwide is a huge achievement and I’m extremely proud of the Group. The high level of respect commanded by an EcoVadis accreditation will allow us to form further partnerships with multinationals while we continue to develop our sustainability practices.”

Further Quaser investment for precision machining specialist

When Newport Pagnell based high precision component development and machining specialist North Bucks Machining Limited invested in their first 5-axis machine the objective was to move the business into new areas not associated with their established mould making expertise.

Such was the success of the investment and the volume of work it attracted that in October 2016 a second 630U was installed with its purchase being testimony to the progress the company has made in the subsequent 2.1/2 years.

“The first Quaser was a landmark investment for the business, and it gave us the ability to become competitive and technically more proficient,” explains director Stewart Palmer.

“We had the skills but not the machining capability,” explains Stewart. “I had extensive experience with 5-axis machining from my days in F1 and when I joined the family business my first objective was to move towards more 5-axis work.

And it was a motorsport related contract that triggered the second Quaser purchase.

Reflection on 2016 and goals for 2017

TQC provided a great overview of 2016 and their company achievements. The company increased their workforce over the past few months and welcomed a number of new faces.

Victor Szolin has joined as a Project Manager, Anton Bell and David Richardson are new Mechanical Design Engineers and Brent Trueman has joined the electrical depart as a Technician. These new employees have successfully integrated and will allow TQC to continue to meet project commitments over the coming years.

TQC have also taken part in two exhibitions during the year. The Made in the Midlands events in Wolverhampton and Derby showcased manufacturing in the Midlands region and TQC made some very good contacts during the events both at supplier and customer levels.

Whereas, Subcon Laser discussed their hopes going into the New Year. Subcon’s General Manager, Tom Mongan said: “There does seem to be a lot of optimism within manufacturing at the moment and there are certainly huge plans for investment and growth both from OEM’s and the supply chain.  

“Although there is still an underlying uncertainty regarding Brexit and what will happen, I firmly believe UK Manufacturing PLC could be in for a positive run, as long as the politicians don’t scupper it.”

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