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Made in the Midlands weekly round up - 14/04/17

Posted on: Apr 14th

At a Made in the Midlands (MIM) Council meeting earlier last week, it was agreed that the organisation would hold a ‘Britain’s Manufacturing Manifesto’ event on the 8th May at Birmingham City University, providing members with the perfect opportunity to discuss and feed into the ten pillars of the government’s Industrial Strategy.

Taking the format of an open forum brainstorming session, there will be 100 places available for Directors of Made in the Midlands member firms to discuss and contribute ideas regarding what support you believe Midlands and UK industry should receive from government over the coming five years and beyond.

Made in the Midlands will then summarise the findings as part of a published report, which will then be handed by our Non Executive Chairman Lord Whitby directly into Greg Clarke and Theresa May in Downing Street.

Furthermore, we posted the event review of Carrs Toolsteel Technologies Ltd recent breakfast event.

Carrs Toolsteel Technologies have been a member of Made in the Midlands since 2011 and have seen the membership base significantly expand, as Managing Director, Andrew Eastwood added: “It is incredibly important that people talk to each other as people need to share information and ideas. For example, our Operations Director has spoken to a guard supplier for some machinery and that would not have happened without this breakfast event.”

‘Outstanding’ In-Comm given Ofsted seal of approval

West Midlands private training provider has been given a resounding seal of approval by Ofsted following its latest inspection.

In-Comm Training, which operates academies in Aldridge and Shrewsbury, has been rated ‘Outstanding’ across all areas of the business, one of just three organisations in the Black Country to achieve this and putting it in the top 12% of providers across the UK.

The Grade One verdict recognises that apprentices achieve ‘outstanding’ qualifications that help prepare them for promotion and their future career, that learners achieve high levels of Maths, English and IT and most budding engineers secure high grades in their technical training.

“To secure ‘Outstanding’ rating from Ofsted is a fantastic achievement for everyone connected with the business…our management team, our trainers, our partners and, importantly, the 400+ apprentices and learners we support every year,” explained Gareth Jones, joint Managing Director at In-Comm Training.

PP’s £1m extension to help double sales

A new £1 million factory extension was unveiled by PP Control & Automation as it signaled its intention to double sales from £20m to £40m by 2021.

The company, which works with many of the world’s most successful machinery builders, had added a further 1,000 sq metres of production space to its existing 4,500 sq metre facility in Landywood Green, Cheslyn Hay.

“We have very ambitious growth plans to double turnover and this will only be possible by ensuring we have a facility in the UK that can provide us with the space needed to meet our current and future customer requirements,” explained managing director Tony Hague.

“The £1m investment, in the immediate light of the Brexit vote, shows our commitment to creating a world class operation and we will showcase our new capabilities to clients in the food processing & packaging, machine tool, medical, printing, semiconductor and scientific machinery sectors,” he added.

GJF Fabrications tells MP about growth

GJF Fabrications welcomed MP for Aldridge-Brownhills Wendy Morton to its manufacturing site to see at first hand and discuss the latest developments at the growing company.

Mrs Morton was given a tour of the factory at The Chase Link in Lichfield Road, Brownhills, to find out how the business has benefited from a recent £5 million investment drive to implement world-class lean cellular manufacturing and robotics, making it the cost leader in the manufacture of large steel waste and recycling containers and home to the UK’s biggest waste and recycling container production capacity.

“I was very pleased to be able to visit GJF in Brownhills and see at first hand the manufacturing facility. I was able to learn more about the production of resource containers. I was also very keen to hear more about how GJF is working in revolutionary ways to not only support the local economy but work to reduce emissions in supporting the Circular Economy. I had an excellent tour around the site and am especially grateful to GJF for taking the time to arrange this,” she said.

Brighter future at EMC

EMC continue to invest internally to improve their efficiencies. The latest investment comes in the shape of lighting. East Midland Coatings have made the transition to a much more efficient and environmentally friendly LED system across the entire facility. This includes both the shop floor and office area so all staff can benefit from the brighter lighting.

In some areas of the factory the Lumen readings have been measured at over 3 times as bright as previous and on average, throughout both the factory and office, there has been a 105% increase in Lumen readings. In the finishing industry it is imperative, particularly in inspection areas, to have good quality lighting to ensure that our high-performance coatings meet ours, and more importantly our customers’ high standards.

Demand for EMC’s services is at an all-time high particularly within the automotive sector, in which we supply to Tier 1 and Tier 2 companies. This, couples with our TS16949 accreditation, means that we naturally have high standards to aim for and that we are always looking for ways to continually improve and better ourselves.

A special thanks must go to local Made in the Midlands member Lutterworth Ecolighting Ltd who installed the new lighting system.

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