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Made in the Midlands weekly round up - 03/02/17

Posted on: Feb 3rd

Made in the Midlands latest breakfast event was hosted by O.L.D. Engineering at their premises in Hinckley, Leicestershire on Thursday 2nd February.

O.L.D welcomed over 40 guests to their 50,000 square foot premises, which eclipsed the total of guests at their event last year. Joint Managing Director of O.L.D. Engineering, Chris Topp said: “Today has been very successful, we had a very good turnout and met some good contacts as well, and hopefully we can push forwards with those in the coming weeks. We are really happy with the event and would love to do it again sometime.”

Furthermore, Made in the Midlands posted three new breakfast events to our events page. On the 6th April, Carrs Tool Steels will host their breakfast event in Tipton, West Midlands. Carrs have been supplying the customers with high quality tool steel since 1902.

Just one week later, I M Kelly Automotive will welcome guests to their premises in Coventry, West Midlands. I M Kelly provide quality bespoke interior trim for Automotive, Aerospace and Rail Industries.

On the 27th April, CeraCon will welcome members to their premises in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. CeraCon are a unique contract gasketing business. Their Lab facilities and Contract Gasketing Service applies foam seals directly to customer parts on site.

Coinadrink celebrate 55th anniversary

Congratulations to Coinadrink for celebrating its 55th anniversary in business this week and its founder, Roger Williams, is still at the helm.

Today, Coinadrink is one of the UK’s leading vending operators, serving B&I customers throughout the Midlands.

Whilst he cites ‘innovation’ as an important part of the firm’s longevity – Coinadrink has expanded into the provision of water and latterly micro-markets - Roger acknowledges that his staff are his most valuable asset. ‘Never mind the ‘minimum wage’ or ‘the living wage’, Roger said, ‘we’ve always focused on paying our people as much as we can, rather than as little as we can get away with.’

It’s a strategy that has paid dividends: Coinadrink has 21 staff members who have been with the company in excess of 25 years and with son Tom in line to become Roger’s successor, Coinadrink is a local success story that promises to go on and on.

adi Group appoint new Chief Operating Officer

Following a period of rapid growth, engineering solutions firm, adi Group has hired a chief operating officer, Steven Farmer to help fulfil its pledge to create 500 new jobs and double its turnover by 2020.

“We are implementing a rapid growth strategy, with the aim of doubling both our turnover and staff numbers by 2020. My job is to ensure adi Group maximises opportunities while retaining a reputation for high quality and not letting the customer down. Growth of this nature can be a challenge for businesses if not resourced properly, so that’s what I’ll be looking at. The plan is centred on adi Group’s ethos of total engineering solutions, adding value wherever possible”.

Alan Lusty, CEO at adi Group, comments: “As the business continues to flourish, it is essential that additional investments are made to leverage our unique position.

“Steven is an ambitious and forward-thinking executive with more than a decade’s experience in the construction and engineering sectors. His appointment will ensure our growth is managed in the best possible way so we can continue to provide the same high quality service to clients.”

Dura Automotive win Top National Award

Late congratulations go out to one of our latest Gold members, Dura Automotive for winning the Top National Award for The Manufacturer MX Awards 2016.

Dura Automotive fought off strong competition from other manufacturers across the country for the title of People and Skills, World Class Manufacturing & Sustainable Manufacturing Finalising in Manufacturer of the Year.

Following on from superb training with EEF, Dura Birmingham has created a team of quick changeover (SMED) technicians.  Led by Matt Piotrowski - Lean Technician - their teams are analysing changeovers with  a view to improve uptime and productivity.  They look forward to seeing the results of the training and the huge gains our teams will provide.

Dura Automotive Birmingham is currently seeking a Lean Trainer to support our Lean Production Team. If you think you have the skill to join a world class organisation that invests in its people then please send your CV and a covering letter to

RAPRA back new polymer courses at Teesside University

Teesside University has joined forces with the Rubber and Plastics Research Association (RAPRA), the UK’s leading non-profit membership association for those working in the polymer industry, to offer a suite of new bespoke professional development courses.

The partnership has been created by Dr David Hughes, a materials engineer based in the University’s School of Science and Engineering, and will see RAPRA refer its members to Teesside University for the training packages.

Dr Hughes said: “The partnership with RAPRA is hugely significant for the University because it represents a badge of quality for our work. These courses are geared towards practising engineers, technicians, process engineers and shop floor workers, and for all polymer processing sectors including extrusion and injection moulding, and RAPRA will help us to share our expertise with a wider industry audience.

“We also see this as an important step towards achieving our ambition to be the ‘go to’ institution for polymer processing and composites support in the North East. That includes bringing companies into the University for training, research and utilising our facilities.”

Additional News

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence expands UK workforce

Filtermist backs bid to engage with next generation of engineers

Good luck to the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards Developing People Category nominees

Job Vacancy: Internal Sales/Support (Bury St Edmunds)

Job Vacancy: Internal Sales/Contract Support (Hayley Rail Halesowen)

Nylacast go Subsea

Archer joins Zaun design team

A healthy dose of funding for your projects

Raise a glass! TBAT client Lindhurst Engineering’s continued success!

The Apprenticeship Levy begins in May - are you ready?

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