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

Posted on: Feb 17th

Made in the Midlands are delighted to reveal that this week we conducted a fantastic MIM TV interview with AMCO Services at their brand new AMCO Park warehousing facility. AMCO Park is a stunning facility and I am certain that all of our members will be very impressed when they see the footage in the coming weeks.

We would also like to thank Paterson Photographic’s Managing Director, Phil Stanley for lending us new lights for our MIM TV studio. Please welcome Liberty Pressings Solutions Ltd, Alpha Anodizing and Polishing Ltd, European Exhaust & Catalyst Ltd, and Majestic Aluminium Finishing Ltd to Made in the Midlands.

Deal sealed for Liberty to acquire Tata Steel’s Speciality Steels business

International industrials and metals group, Liberty House, today (9th February) signed an agreement with Tata Steel UK to acquire its high-profile Speciality Steels business for a total consideration of £100 million.

The deal secures the future of around 1,700 jobs directly, and thousands more in the supply chain and regional economy. The sale follows an extensive due diligence period, after the parties entered exclusive discussions in November 2016.

Commenting on today’s agreement Sanjeev Gupta, executive chairman of the Liberty House Group said:  “I am proud that we are acquiring a world-class business with a very skilled workforce and broad range of high-value products.  It is one of only a handful of such operations in the world and I am confident it will flourish within our group. Fulfilling the next key stage of our GREENSTEEL vision is incredibly exciting.  We will now be able to melt scrap steel to create high-value-added products and I hope that, in due course, we will do so using renewable power.

“In the very week that Liberty is celebrating its 25th anniversary, I am delighted to welcome many hundreds more members to the Liberty family.  We are grateful for the support from all stakeholders in achieving this deal, including the employees, unions and advisers.”

Record Start to Year for Midlands Manufacturer

Midlands manufacturing outfit AV Birch have started 2017 with a boost from multiple sectors.  As the Bank of England raises the growth forecast for the nation, AV Birch are seeing an increase in sales both at home and abroad.

Some of AV Birch’s biggest projects of 2017 will be in the Rail sector, an area where the company has a huge portfolio of successful projects for industry giants such as Bombardier, Hitachi and Alstom.  The latest projects for 2017 include a series of access platforms, each up to 250m in length, to allow engineers to work safely at height on the roof and side of carriages during new train builds.  The platforms are designed by the in-house CAD engineers who work closely with engineers ensuring projects are delivered as specified, on time.

Director Graham Clark is encouraged by the start to 2017: “Without doubt it’s the best start to a year we can remember.  Where we are today is a reflection of the hard work and innovation of all our team, from the apprentices through to the management.  We expect to grow our staff by around 15% again this year to help manage these new orders through to completion.”

RAPRA set to support Engineering Materials Show 2017 and GALM Europe

The Engineering Materials Show 2017, to be held Friday, 2nd June, brings together the foremost products and services involved in the field of materials technology. RAPRA is extremely pleased to be supporting this prestigious event as a media partner.

RAPRA are once again proud to be supporting the Global Automotive Lightweight Materials Europe Summit 2017 on the 25th - 27th April 2017, Birmingham, UK.

GALM - The largest automotive lightweighting conference series in the world is returning to Europe - bringing brand new insights into the latest breakthroughs in lightweight materials for conventional and electric vehicle ranges.

As RAPRA Director Steve Shaw commented: “If you are already part of the automotive supply chain, or have plans to be, then this event will give to an extremely valuable insight into the latest OEM strategies as they exploit advances in materials technologies in their latest, or future generation vehicles.”

ETG announced as the main sponsor for In-Comm Awards

One of the West Midlands’ largest Apprenticeship awards programmes, In-Comm Training has received major backing this week, with news that the Engineering Technology Group (ETG) has agreed to be the main sponsor at their Awards.

“It’s too easy to moan about the skills shortage and blame the UK Government for the lack of workers coming through the system,” explained Martin Doyle, Managing Director of the Engineering Technology Group.

“We prefer to take a more proactive approach, looking at ways in which we can help to boost the pipeline of future engineers. Promoting apprenticeships and telling young people about the opportunities and exciting careers they provide is one part of the mix.

“That’s why we were so keen to get behind the In-Comm Training Awards and delighted to be named as Main Sponsor for 2017.”

Westgate Group celebrate 10th anniversary with new investment

Westgate Group, the leading distributor and processor of Stainless Steel, Aluminium and Copper Alloys are marking their 10th anniversary by investing in brand new cutting facilities for their Aldridge site.

Director of Westgate Group, Darren Gould stated: “Westgate Group has a growing customer base requiring material supplied part processed and ready to use. We are aiming to grow this area of the business, hence the investment in new cutting facilities, for both Aluminium and Stainless Steel. Providing solutions for our customer’s material requirements is how the business has always moved forward.”

He added: “The investment has already enabled us to offer cost benefits to some existing customers, and secure new business through our enhanced resources. A notable example being an order for the supply of stainless steel balustrades to the retail sector, worth in excess of £100,000.”

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