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Made in the Midlands weekly round up - 20/01/17

Posted on: Jan 20th

The first Made in the Midlands breakfast event of the year took place at Salop Design and Engineering, who were celebrating their historic 50th anniversary as a Limited company.

Made in the Midlands President and Commercial Director of Salop Design, Christopher Greenough stated: “We have had 50 fantastic years as a limited company. This is something to truly shout about, and to share this with members, sponsors and patrons is a great way to start the celebrations.”

Over 85 members registered for Salop Design’s breakfast event, which comfortably eclipsed the 2015 breakfast event they hosted. The growth in attendee numbers bares a great reflection on the increased popularity of the Made in the Midlands membership group. Additionally, the figures reflect the brilliant ambassadorial work of Christopher during his time as President.

Furthermore, Made in the Midlands Managing Director, Jason Pitt interviewed the Managing Director of Micro-Mesh Engineering, James Underwood on MIM TV. We uploaded our latest interviews with Zaun Limited and Associated Spring to our dedicated YouTube channel. You can subscribe to the channel and remain updated by subscribing here.

New Orders Spearhead Growth

KG Washford, the Redditch based precision engineering company, has won a series of substantial new orders to design and manufacture production test rigs for its aerospace clients.

This pipeline of new order wins has brought forward plans for significant investment into expanding KGW’s existing workshop capacity.  As a result, the company has now completed a move into a new 6,000 sq ft facility located almost next door to its existing premises which will be dedicated to the manufacture and assembly of test rigs and fixtures.

“We intend to create a ‘Centre of Excellence’ for test rig manufacturing,” explains Operations Director, Gerard Tilley.

“The larger premises mean that we can design and prefabricate the larger rigs on site, rather than building them on the customers’ own premises,” says Gerard. “We can also respond more swiftly to our clients’ needs because we now have the capacity to build several rigs simultaneously.”

Advanced Chemical Etching makes an impression on 2017

Shropshire firm, Advanced Chemical Etching (ACE) has made a strong start to the year by securing new business worth almost £2m.

Advanced Chemical Etching (ACE) has seen a host of new customers tap into the firm’s expertise in precision engineering and prototyping. Demand for the services of the Shropshire-based firm has grown by 20% over the past four months, with significant growth coming from organisations looking for busbars and components for battery management systems.

The company believes that in these two sectors alone there is enough potential to generate £1.8m in sales between now and 2019 as more manufacturers begin to see the benefits of the process. ACE has already boosted its technical team by 30%, alongside increasing capacity through new capital equipment.

Boneham reports optimism from US Manufacturing sector post Trump inauguration

Boneham & Turner Ltd, has received optimistic responses from its customer base in the USA. The manufacturing industries in the USA are feeling positive and set to thrive on the eve of the US president elect’s inauguration.

The Boneham Group of companies have established good, long standing business relationships across the USA, and since the result of the election, business partners and friends in the US have given us their view on the election.

For example, Mat Curry, California, who supplies a wide range of cutting tools into the manufacturing industries in California, with customers such as SpaceX and ADI (Aerospace Dynamics International) told us; “When the UK left the European Union I knew it was time for a change here in the US as well. A lot of people did not think Trump had a chance mostly because of our Liberal Media. Just like the good old days, what the UK does the US is not far behind.”

Tina stamps her mark for women in manufacturing

As the face of automotive engineering continues to change at pace, a greater number of women are being employed on factory shop floors than ever before.

But where managerial positions were once the sole domain of men, women in manufacturing are now taking up key roles in the industry.

Automotive supplier The Sertec Group is a manufacturer employing 2000 people in the UK, 15% of which are women. But 2017 heralds the appointment of the company’s first female Plant Manager.

One of a number of changes within the Group, Tina Vaissiere is promoted from within to take up the position of Plant Manager of Sertec’s Light Stampings operation in Aston, Birmingham.

Victoria Drop Forgings reach company milestone and discuss processes

Victoria Forgings Co Ltd, are extremely proud to have been awarded a special certificate by Companies House to mark the milestone of been registered for 100 years.

Over the next few months, Victoria Drop Forgings will be releasing blogs delving into the step by step closed-die forging process. You can read their full blog on Mould Design by reading more here and ‘Choosing a metal’ here.

Furthermore, they discuss the definition of drop forging. Definition: Drop forging is the process of heating metal and shaping it using a metal die cast to produce products. Manufacturers use this process to produce strong and durable parts for a range of industries.

Control Energy discuss technical errors and Jon Lee congratulate MIA award winners

MIM Patrons, Control Energy Costs believe that energy suppliers and distribution companies make errors, these errors are usually technical and require thorough analysis to identify and rectify them.

Once rectified however, they may result in opportunities for refunds, rebates and credits to the client. Couple this with ongoing savings available by addressing the issue ‘sooner rather than later’ or in many cases not at all, and there is a great reason to speak to Control Energy Costs Ltd about how we support our clients with technical analysis.

Additionally, Jonathan Lee congratulated the winners of the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) annual Business Excellence Awards. The awards dinner took place last week immediately following the first trade day of the Autosport International Show. The awards are the only honours of their kind within the industry and so consequently, are highly coveted.

Additional News

Vibro cleaning and deburring facilities improved!

Hi tech solutions to traditional problems  

Effective product design and development exploiting the latest understanding of tribology

Filtermist heads South to highlight the importance of a comprehensive approach to clean workshop air

Look what’s back - the return of 3 funding competitions

WMH Group Germany Facilities

Trade Counter Opening

Handy Weights

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