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Made in the Midlands weekly round up - 10/03/17

Posted on: Mar 10th

This week at Made in the Midlands, Torus Technology Group hosted the latest sell-out breakfast event in Telford, Shropshire.

Managing Director, Scott Mawby said: “It went really well and I think that our team put on a great show and we tried to make it as interesting as possible for people to see our capabilities.”

We are also delighted to welcome Birchills Automotive, Sparlonz Plastics and Gardner Denver to the Made in the Midlands membership group.

GF Laser take on additional space as part of growth

As part of their ongoing expansion plans GF Laser have taken on additional space to support our growth plans over the next five years.

Additional space has been secured a few hundred yards away from our Narrowboat Way headquarters in Dudley which makes it an ideal location to support our ever growing laser cutting capabilities.

The 11,000 square foot building which includes excellent access for loading / offloading vehicles will initially be used for storing laser cutting material and fixtures for our five axis laser cutting service.

GF Laser have also celebrated its tenth year of trading this year, so they released a fantastic blog post about how they got there here.

Patrons talk skills and launch innovative HR service

Specialist in manufacturing and engineering recruitment, Jonathan Lee Recruitment welcomes the Budget announcement of extra investment in developing technical and technology skills in the future, but warns it is not a silver bullet to bridge the widening skills gap.

David Hale, Managing Director, at Jonathan Lee Recruitment said: “It’s great that the Government is recognising the value of UK manufacturing and the need to up-skill the workforce to exploit the exciting technology opportunities ahead. However, the investment being announced in 2017 will not address many of the immediate needs in engineering and technology businesses today.

Additionally, Businesses across the Midlands will be able to access expert advice on staffing, employment law and HR all in one place, thanks to an innovative service launched this month by FBC Manby Bowdler.

Employment team partner Julia Fitzsimmons said “Progressive HR is a direct result of the work we do with businesses on a daily basis. We know how difficult it can be for employers to find and develop the right people; we know the headaches and the red-tape involved in taking on staff and the issues which regularly arise for companies.

Mills CNC introduce new turning centres 

Doosan Machine Tools’ Puma TW-series of twin-spindle horizontal turning centres with integrated automation from Mills CNC.

Mills CNC, the exclusive distributor of Doosan machine tools in the UK and Ireland, has introduced a range of twin-spindle horizontal turning centres into the market.

Tony Dale, Mills CNC’s Technical Director said: “The TW-series is a sophisticated and specialist machine tool range that provides manufacturers with an autonomous and flexible manufacturing cell solution.

According to Mills CNC, if your Doosan machine tool isn’t equipped with proven and sophisticated probing systems, you may be finding tool setting, broken tool detection, job set-ups and in-process inspection more time consuming and problematic than they need to be.

Birmingham City University recognized with major awawrd

A pioneering vision to transform the Eastside of Birmingham into a creative and cultural hub has been recognised with a major award.

The project, known as the Knowledge Hub Masterplan, was devised by students and academics at Birmingham City University’s School of Architecture and Design led by Professor Kevin Singh and Alessandro Columbano, alongside Birmingham design firm Node.  

Work on the ground-breaking blueprint helped Node scoop the Practice of the Year Award at the National Urban Design Awards, with the scheme recognised for its ingenuity and collaboration between academic and private industry partners.

Furthermore, Birmingham City University is to announce a new Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship programme this week, with Mercedes-Benz Financial Services UK Ltd currently recruiting apprentices to join the course in September.

Support worth over £2,000 is being made available to small businesses by Birmingham City University to help enterprises develop new ideas.

Open to all relevant businesses within the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) area, the event will be led by Birmingham City University academics alongside industry experts on 30 and 31 March at Fazeley Social.

Workplace Products discuss importance of UK manufacturing

Workplace Products understand the growing importance of supporting the UK manufacturing industry. It has always been in their premise to source our products onshore (where possible) and maintain a close relationship with our UK supplier factories. In 2017, over 70% of our products are UK manufactured and they constantly strive to increase this figure.

After 12 years of WP Catalogues… Introducing our brand-new 2017 product catalogue, the workplace essential! Get yours here.

Additional News

Furthering Our Commitment to Quality  

New RT Production Terminal 

Request your FREE Compact Catalogue today! 

We’re Transforming Our Website 

KG Washford welcomes new Planned Maintenance Manager

Sorion nominated for Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Manufacturing award

R&D Tax Credits…it’s more than just an accounting activity 

We’re recruiting: Operations Project Manager (R&D)

We’re recruiting: 2 x R&D Tax Credits Engineering Consultants

My, how we’re growing! 

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