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

Posted on: Mar 3rd

This week at Made in the Midlands, we invited the Sales Director of Wrekin Sheetmetal, Simon Orpe and the UK Head of Manufacturing at Lloyds Bank, David Atkinson into the MIM TV studio.

Simon discussed a variety of topics including steel prices, Brexit, skills and Industry 4.0 from the perspective of Wrekin Sheetmetal. Whereas, David provided a fantastic analysis of Lloyds’ 2017 Automotive Report. You can read the full report by visiting the link here.

Furthermore, we uploaded the latest episode of MIM TV featuring the Managing Director of Bayley Hills Limited, Geoff Williams. During the episode, he covers topics ranging from strategic context analysis, lean manufacturing and how they support their clients.

Next Thursday, Torus Technology Group will be hosting the next sell-out Made in the Midlands breakfast event. The event is located at Nedge Hill Science Park in Telford, West Midlands and has sold over 50 tickets. Torus are a global engineering group of companies that provide industrial measurement, automation and support solutions to global industries. To avoid missing out on any breakfast events, please visit our events page here and register your tickets.

In-Comm flying high after ‘aerospace skills’ funding success

Black Country training provider has been chosen to help deliver a major skills boost for the UK aerospace sector.

In-Comm Training, which operates two academies in Aldridge and Shrewsbury, is part of the £320,000 EU-funded Erasmus+ AEERO (Aerospace Engineering ECVET Resources Online) project that will create a suite of interactive online training resources.

Gareth Jones, Managing Director at In-Comm Training, said: “There has been a 30% productivity growth in the aerospace sector in the last five years, but there is still a lack of vocational training on offer to ensure that skills are relevant and up to date.

“The creation of a suite of online training resources, which will feature input from industry leaders, will support the vocational skills required by engineers across the EU aerospace industry, from supply chain development through to preventative and breakdown maintenance.”

He continued: “With a £31bn turnover, the UK has the largest aerospace sector in Europe and second only to the US in the world. It’s our job to make sure we listen to firms from this industry and develop innovative new learning methods that give them the skills they need now and in the future. AEERO has an important role to play in this.”

Aquapak wins CleanTech award for plastic innovation

Midlands plastics manufacturer Aquapak Polymers has won a prestigious cleantech award for its recyclable and biodegradable plastic at the Rushlight Awards.

Aquapak won the award for most ‘Responsible Product’ for its range of flexible plastic packaging films that are twice as strong as comparable films, and are fully recyclable and biodegradable.

Mike Everard, Managing Director of Aquapak said: “Last year only 14% of plastic packaging was recycled in the UK. Given that plastic production is set to rise as is flexible packaging, it is essential we find sustainable alternatives to conventional plastics, that possess both the functional strength and barriers to extend shelf life, but also offer a range of reprocessing or recovery options once they’ve been used.

“Instead of formulating a completely new material we focussed on improving the functionality and performance of a polymer called Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVOH), most commonly used for detergent pouches and as a lubricant in eye-drops. Through a patented process we significantly increased the strength of PVOH, as well as making it tear and puncture resistant.

ActOn Finishing acquires Quality Blasting

ActOn Finishing expands their finishing services offering through the acquisition of Tecwin Ltd (T/A Quality Blasting).

We are confident that this step will allow ActOn to continue its growth as a full-service finishing company.

Quality Blasting is a perfect fit as both organisations share many common values and attributes. We will remain focused on our customers and strengthen and build on our offerings to deliver even greater value.

For more information, news and perspectives from ActOn Finishing please visit the News Section of our website

Hills turning 90

Congratulations to Hills Numberplates for celebrating 90 years of success in 2017.

Kenneth John Garle, a true visionary, established the business on Thursday 12th May 1927 to prove there was a more efficient way of making number plates. Little did Kenneth know that this very determination will be the foundation of Hills Group International.

Today Hills have grown from an SME company to a global business reputed as one of the largest number plate suppliers in the world. With a loyal workforce of 250+ employees, a portfolio of worldwide patents and standards and divisions in diverse niche markets has put the company in the ultimate position. Modern facilities combined with the best number plate technology produce an extraordinary volume of 18 million number plates per annum.

Coleshill Plastics Ltd takes delivery of two new Arburg Injection Moulding machines

With the increasing confidence we are seeing across the UK’s manufacturing industries. Coleshill Plastics Ltd has taken the decision to move forward with investment in plant and machinery.

They have just taken delivery of two new Arburg Injection Moulding Machines. The machines are both fully equipped for processing Thermoset and Thermoplastic materials.

These new additions complement Coleshill Plastics existing range of Injection and Compression Moulding Machines, providing greater production capacity and flexibility in an area of growth within the business.

Also, Coleshill Plastics Ltd have won a new contract to manufacture a wide range of moulded SMC components for a leading UK manufacturer and global supplier to the oil and gas industry.

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