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This week, Boneham and Turner hosted the latest Made in the Midlands breakfast event at their premises in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. Boneham and Turner showcased their range of services and capabilities and we would like to thank them for their brilliant hospitality.
Made in the Midlands are also delighted to announce that Efaflex, Bowyer Engineering and Applied Coating Technologies have joined as our latest members. We also posted a great interview with COO, Charles Addison and the Liberal Democrats candidate for West Midlands mayor, Beverley Nielsen to our MIMTV YouTube channel. We also interviewed the Group Director of Trit-Tech 3D, Adrian Painter who showcased their range of products in a great future MIMTV episode.
25 apprentices from the West Midlands travelled to London this week to quiz a number of politicians on the skills gap and the importance of vocational learning.
In-Comm Training, which operates training academies in Aldridge and Shrewsbury, arranged the visit to coincide with the culmination of the National Apprenticeship Week and to highlight the need for continued investment in generating the talent of the future.
The company arranged for the young people and 20 of their employers to debate the subject with Business Minister Margot James, the hosting MP Wendy Morton and fellow MPs Amanda Milling and Daniel Kawczynski.
“The Government has finally woken up to Apprenticeships being real jobs and the recent reforms will help engage employers to raise the quality and provide a faster route to competence,” explained Gareth Jones, Managing Director of In-Comm Training.
UK specialist in laser cutting for manufacturing and production, SSC Laser have written an important white paper discussing the importance of tube lasers and how they are transforming the industry.
Tube lasers have revolutionised the way design engineers are using box section and tubular materials. There is now no need to design using the constraints of traditional machining methods, and concern over the cost of complex parts due to multiple operations on separate machines have become a thing of the past.
SSC Tube Laser Manager, Martin Elmore said: “I think this new white paper is very important. First of all we can inform people that tube lasers exist so that helps to create market awareness around them. Tube lasers can produce different outcomes to conventional machines. The only way to grow the market is to get that information out there.”
The boss of one of the UK’s leading presswork specialists is urging his fellow manufacturers to take a closer look at their utility costs after his firm saved £10,000 in just two months.
Rowan Crozier, CEO of Birmingham-based Brandauer, believes it is a hidden cost that can quite easily be eradicated if the right expertise is sought and if companies aren’t afraid to ask questions.
His firm tapped into the expertise of Control Energy Costs (CEC), a specialist in utility management, procurement and support services, to explore the process and was amazed how quickly they were able to identify pricing issues, incorrect billing and opportunities for smarter energy management.
This led to over £10,000 of savings within a few months of the relationship starting, with the option to save thousands more when the supply contracts are up for renewal.
“We manufacture millions of components for the automotive, domestic goods, electronics, plumbing and renewable sectors every week so you can see how energy is a massive overhead for us…the fact costs are rising all the time can really impact on our ability to compete globally,” explained Rowan.
Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence welcomed over 80 Midland manufacturers to their technologically advanced premises in Telford, Shropshire for the latest Made in the Midlands breakfast event.
Hexagon help industrial manufacturers develop the disruptive technologies of today and the life-changing products of tomorrow. As a leading metrology and manufacturing solution specialist, their expertise in sensing, thinking and acting – the collection, analysis and active use of measurement data – gives their customers the confidence to increase production speed and accelerate productivity while enhancing product quality.
Hexagon MI General Manager, Brett Green stated: “This event has been absolutely fantastic, with over 80 people coming to visit Hexagon. Some who already know us but were interested to discover information they weren’t aware of. Certainly, for first time visitors it has been a great opportunity to network and for us to share our technologies and solutions with them.”
Additionally, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence launches its Composite Inspection System for the ROMER Absolute Arm with Integrated Scanner (SI). Based on new Apodius 3D technology, this combined hardware and software application package offers advanced inspection and analysis of lightweight carbon-fibre components at an unprecedented level of speed and detail.
Experts from the Centre for Brexit Studies have commented on what the triggering of Article 50 will mean for the UK’s business, law and economy.
Commenting on the timings of the likely negotiation process, Professor Alex De Ruyter, Director of the Centre for Brexit Studies at Birmingham City University, said:
“With the impending French Presidential elections and the German Federal elections coming up over the next few months, it is likely that no real discussions over Britain’s withdrawal from the EU will take place until after November this year – when a new German government is in place.
Furthermore, A new partnership will see academics link up with industry experts to provide new research projects, boost employability for students and create jobs in the region.
Birmingham City University has formally signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the High Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Institute (HSSMI) which will see both organisations work collaboratively to connect business leaders with academic expertise.