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

Posted on: Mar 17th

Suppliers of automated measurement and testing machinery, Torus Technology Group hosted the latest sell-out Made in the Midlands breakfast networking event at their premises in Telford, Shropshire.

Over 60 people attended the event and were supplied with a range of teas, coffees and bacon sandwiches. Torus’ Managing Director, Scott Mawby stated: “I think the event went really well. I was very impressed with the amount of people that came and I think that our team put on a great show and tried to make it as interesting as possible for people to see our capabilities and set up brilliant stations around that.”

The next Made in the Midlands breakfast event will be hosted by Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence again in Telford, Shropshire on Thursday 23rd March. Hexagon have increased their capacity to allocate 100 members to their innovative premises. The company have a continuing vision to realise truly data-driven manufacturing. You can register your ticket here.

Manufacturers react to Hammond’s pledge of £392m to Midlands Engine

Midland manufacturers have continued to react to Philip Hammond’s recent pledge of £392m to the Midlands Engine Strategy from the Local Growth Fund.

Leading manufacturers from the Made in the Midlands manufacturing and engineering peer group are hopeful that the government can deliver on their proposed strategy.

Managing Director of Laser Process Limited, David Lindsey stated: “The Midlands is a great engine for potential growth in the UK. We have got the expertise and the available infrastructure but we do need help.

“If the government mean it and the money is distributed effectively then it is a great strategy but history is not on their side.”  You can read the full article here.

Chemique Adhesives sticks with Aldridge as production expands

Chemique Adhesives, manufacturer of industrial adhesives has expanded into a dedicated production facility in Aldridge with legal support on both the lease and planning issues being handled by FBC Manby Bowdler.

Three years ago, and following sustained domestic growth, the business started to research the options for expanding the business and as Stuart Francis, Managing Director, explains the solution to their growth plans wasn’t a million miles away.

“Having been based in Aldridge since we began over thirty years ago, we were keen to expand the business without having to totally relocate.  And we didn’t have to look far - our new 15,000 sq ft production facility is, in fact, within walking distance of our existing units on the Empire Close industrial estate so we very much achieved that.  It wasn’t, however, without some complications.

“Whilst the proximity to our existing units and the floor-space, which is sufficient to house our new equipment and support our increased production levels, ticked all the necessary boxes, the planning status of the unit did not suit our intended use. The fact that it had been previously used as a distribution facility actually meant that we could not automatically use it for our business without first seeking permission to change its use to manufacturing.

“Establishing the planning status was a complex task in itself, but Suzanne Tucker and the planning team at FBC Manby were always on hand to advise and deal with the planning application.  Having their expertise alongside that of the commercial property team was invaluable.”

ActOn Finishing partnerships with The MTC

ActOn Finishing is proud to announce that they can now assist companies from the additive manufacturing industry to surface finish additive manufactured (AM) parts through high energy technology.

The development of this technology has significantly reduced processing times of additive manufactured parts in comparison with traditional methods. Also it offers consistent and repeatable results. From reducing surface roughness, to deburring and polishing these are just a few of the applications that can be achieved via the high energy finishing process.

This step has been made in partnership with The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) based in Coventry. MTC develops and improves innovative manufacturing processes and technologies in an agile, low risk environment, in partnership with industry, academia and other institutions. They focus on delivering bespoke manufacturing system solutions for their customers, using some of the most advanced manufacturing equipment in the world.

Sales doesn’t have to be a ‘dirty word’ according to West Midlands manufacturing chief

A lack of expert sales people coming through the ranks is the biggest problem facing West Midlands manufacturers according to the boss of PP Control & Automation.

David Fox, who has been involved in industry for more than 50 years, believes companies are not investing enough time and money into developing a strategy for selling and this, potentially, could do more damage than Brexit and the widely acknowledged skills gap.

The current Chairman and former engineering apprentice feels the role does not get the credit it deserves in this country and is urging more firms to follow his firm’s suit in developing processes that can help generate the right leads and sales.

“It seems that the US is the only country in the world where it actually puts its ‘sales’ professionals on a pedestal…the rest of us prefer to tuck them away in the smallest possible office and, in recent years, bestow a whole new job title on them…Business Development Managers for instance,” explained David.

“I’m not buying into this magic formula that only a few have got it. Sales is more about getting the process right and making sure people get access to the right training and support.”

ETG signs deal with Mastercam and Cimco to boost ‘total customer solution’ offer

A leading independent machine tools and allied equipment supplier has strengthened its commitment to offering a ‘total customer solution’ by announcing a new distribution agreement.

Engineering Technology Group (ETG), which employs 100 people at its Headquarters in the West Midlands, has signed a deal to sell Mastercam and Cimco software across the UK, providing manufacturers with access to the latest CNC and CAM technology.

It is a relationship that has already proved successful in Ireland and the Wellesbourne-based company believe it has the potential to generate more than £2m of sales in its first year.

The firm has appointed Darren Clarke as Product Manager to support this ambitious plan and he will be responsible for sales and technical support.

“Our strategy is all about delivering total solutions to our customers and this latest distribution agreement takes that approach to an even higher level,” explained Martin Doyle, Managing Director of ETG.

“Cimco and Mastercam are two of the world’s leading CNC and CAM software providers and their state-of-the-art packages can be easily integrated into the machine tools that we supply to clients involved in the automotive, aerospace, nuclear, oil and gas and rail sectors.”

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