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Made in the Midlands weekly round up - 13/01/17

Posted on: Jan 13th

Made in the Midlands have officially saved the Rubber & Plastics Research Association (RAPRA) in a historic deal for the future of the nation’s manufacturing sector.

RAPRA are the leading non-profit membership association that offer impartial specialist support to the whole of Industry through a network of world class technical centres. They connect companies to leading polymer scientists and engineers to provide short and long term R&D solutions.

Made in the Midlands CEO, Jason Pitt stated: “It’s very exciting for us to be given the opportunity of acquiring and growing RAPRA, this comes off the back of our expansion into Yorkshire and will help us become an integral part of the future industrial strategy of the UK.

With over 100 years of history, the acquisition of RAPRA by Made in the Midlands signifies a pivotal moment in the development of a future industrial strategy for Great Britain. The continual rise of Industry 4.0 technology will generate increased interest in the services of RAPRA, which will now only be strengthened by the support of Made in the Midlands.

Additionally, we are aiming to make this our greatest year for producing high quality manufacturing video content.

Made in the Midlands Managing Director, Jason Pitt said: “We want to establish MIM TV as a great feature of everybody’s membership. Our series provides MD’s and CEO’s of local manufacturing companies a brilliant platform to discuss their company, industry and the future.”

This week, we had a fantastic week of filming, as we discussed Petford Group’s £1.5m investment into their new premises in Lye. We also covered Petford’s history, growth and the future. We asked Cooper and Jackson about being featured on the BDO’s report listing them as one of the fastest growing companies in the Black Country. Also, MIE Solutions talked about making their largest ever sale to date and their expansion plans to capitalize on year by year growth.

We have produced over 20 videos dedicated to providing members with a showcase of their companies. The videos enable potential customers, clients and friends to discover more about the businesses featured in the interviews. We have created an extensive portfolio of the videos at: and you can watch all of the videos at our YouTube channel here:

New site in Lye bought by Petford Group

Dudley’s growing and ambitious Petford Group has bought a new site in Lye to house its moulding division in a new factory.

Managing director, Mel Sinar said that the business, which is one of the country’s leading tool makers and injection moulders, was investing £1.5 million in the new project.

The purchase of the four-acre site of a former Controlled Heat Treatments works in Mears Coppice was completed just before the group shut for Christmas.

Mr Sinar said that the move of the moulding division to its new home would also mean the creation of 15 new jobs.

“We plan to start building in the new year and hopefully move in in August,” he added.

He said the extra space was needed due to the continued growth and expansion of the company and would enable Petford to continue supporting its customers and further grow order books.

adi Group named a Rockwell Automation Recognised System Integrator Partner

Total engineering solutions company, adi Group, has joined the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork as a Recognised System Integrator.

Rockwell Automation Recognised System Integrators are proven, trusted and established companies that offer demonstrated knowledge and experience in design, implementation, project management and maintenance of industrial control systems. There are currently just 24 companies in the UK who have met the requirements to become Recognised System Integrators.

Bryan McAuley, northwest divisional director of adi Automation, commented: “To meet the criteria for becoming a Recognised System Integrator in Rockwell Automation’s PartnerNetwork is true testament to the skills, knowledge and experience of our automation services team.

“We are committed to providing industry-leading engineering services to help our customers streamline their processes, reduce energy consumption and, ultimately, cut costs. This approach dictates that we use only the best products on the market, such as the solutions offered by Rockwell Automation.”

Export Hub: Nottingham set to be hosted at Micro-Mesh

With the Exporting is GREAT campaign continuing into 2017, the Export Hub is on its way to Nottingham, with an Express Export Programme.

Successful exporter Micro-Mesh is hosting a visit from “The Export Hub” where a range of experts, including our experienced International Trade Advisers, will be on hand with practical guidance, advice and bite size top tips for businesses of all sizes who wish to expand into new international markets. You can also hear first-hand the MicroMesh story and how they successfully sell products all over the world.

Places are limited and sure to go fast, so avoid disappointment and visit the Export Hub Registration Page today. Alternatively, you can contact the Department for International Trade in the East Midlands by email at: or call 0345 052 4001.

Patrons event, awards and programme

The risks and impacts of cyber attacks and financial fraud are becoming an increasing headache in Britain’s boardrooms. Steve Fletcher, Manufacturing Specialist at UK insurance broker Arthur J. Gallagher explains how a cyber insurance policy can best protect your workplace from online fraudsters.

Cyber and financial crime is on the rise, with fraudsters targeting businesses anytime, anywhere – with many unprotected. The Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2016* revealed that 65% of large firms detected a cyber security breach in the past year, with the average cost of an attack amounting to £36,500.

Additionally, there is a free event open to all Made in the Midlands member companies brought to you by Arthur J. Gallagher.

A real eye opener for those attending, this interactive event will give a detailed insight into what happens when someone has to answer to the police & the HSE in the wake of a death or serious injury.

Furthermore, Jonathan Lee Recruitment are delighted to be supporting the IMechE Coventry AD Lecture programme once again this year. The first lecture, which takes place from 7pm tonight at Coventry University, will take a look at Panasonic Jaguar Racing team’s new electric motorsport future.

This week saw the return of the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) annual Business Excellence Awards Dinner at the NEC. The awards are the largest and most prestigious gathering of the year for all involved in the business of UK Motorsport. Jonathan Lee Recruitment has been a proud partner to the MIA for over 10 years and are delighted to be sponsoring the awards dinner once again.

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