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Made in the Midlands weekly round up - 21/04/17

Posted on: Apr 21st

This week, Made in the Midlands welcomed adi Group’s James Sopwith into the MIMTV studio. Sopwith discussed a range of great topics, including: Being named as the headline sponsor of the Made in the Midlands exhibition, their ambitious 2020 plans and launching their new dedicated food and beverage business.

Furthermore, we invited CEO of Branduaer, Rowan Crozier onto MIMTV, where he discussed a range of important topics, such as: Acquiring £800,000 worth of state-of-the-art technology, Brexit, MAN Group and much more.

New Operations Director forms ambitious £1m sales target for Ace Forming

A new Operations Director and a strategic investment drive is set to help a Kingswinford manufacturing specialist hit £1m within two years.

Ace Forming, which is a critical partner in the development of formed precision metal components, has enjoyed a strong start to 2017 after securing new contracts to supply busbars for automotive and a range of innovative parts for the medical sector.

The business, which was originally set up to produce parts for sister company Advanced Chemical Etching in Telford, is now on course to increase turnover to £750,000 this year, followed by £1m by the end of 2019.

“This is a fantastic time to be joining ACE Forming and I’m keen to use my experience to help drive new sales, introduce new processes and look at how we can take our reputation for solving complex manufacturing issues into new markets,” explained David, who joined the firm from pressings specialist Brandauer.

I M Kelly Automotive welcome new opportunities at breakfast event

The latest sell-out Made in the Midlands breakfast event was hosted by developer and manufacturer of leather and textile interior trim components, I M Kelly Automotive in Coventry, West Midlands.

I M Kelly Automotive is ideally placed for medium and limited volume bespoke projects. From individual trimmed components supplied to the UK’s most prestigious marques, to the cockpit of James Bond’s car of choice.

I M Kelly Automotive produced products can be found in luxury cars all over the globe. Natural high quality leather, technical fabrics and manmade material, trimmed components adorn vehicles manufactured by the world’s leading Automotive OEMS including Aston Martin, Bentley Motor Cars, Jaguar Land Rover, BMW and McLaren Cars.

Sales and Marketing Manager of I M Kelly, David Rose explained: “It was more successful than I anticipated to be a honest, there was a lot of warm feeling and passion in the room. Hopefully that came across in my presentation as well, I tried to keep it light with not too many facts and figures, to see people interacting in our facility and chatting away was great.”

Hadley Group extend global reach

The acquisition of Overeem BV will strengthen the Hadley Group’s global reach and support its growth in the automotive sectors. Overeem specialises in the development and production of thin-walled complex roll-formed profiles from 0.25 to 2.5 mm. We set ourselves apart in complex profiles with strict visual requirements and integrated machining steps in different metal types. View our brochure here…

Overeem won the “Excellence Supplier of the BOS Group Award” for our performance last year. This award was based on innovation, quality, logistic, communication and efficiency.

Interested in their UltraSTEEL®? Why not contact them for a UltraSTEEL® sample? Email: or Call 0121 555 1300 to speak to a Sales Representative.

Early Polls Indicate that Theresa May is Set for landslide Victory for June 8th election

The Pound strengthened as polls indicated that British Prime Minister Theresa May is on course to win in a landslide victory in the  June 8 election.

Please find RationalFX’s daily market report for today together with all the economic data/times for today’s event(s):

The Pound strengthened as polls indicated that British Prime Minister Theresa May is on course to win in a landslide victory in the  June 8 election. This confirms the view that she will get a stronger mandate for two years of Brexit talks. A stronger mandate for May in parliament could likely give her the authority she needs over her own party in order to negotiate Brexit.

Speaking at the Institute of International Finance’s Washington Policy Summit, Mark Carney said that regulators should end an “excessive reliance” on mega-fines for banks. Carney called for a “dynamic” approach to regulation, becoming more flexible but ensuring that the global financial system remains resilient.

Mills CNC strengthen their after-sales service operations with new appointment

Mills CNC, the exclusive distributor of Doosan machine tools in the UK and Ireland, has appointed Mr Heath Redman as its new Operations Manager.

Mr Heath, aged 50 and with over 30 years’ manufacturing and machine tool management experience gained in the UK and overseas, took up the pivotal position at Mills at the start of April 2017.

The Operations Manager position is critical in directing and focusing the company’s considerable after-sales service resources to achieve a seamless transition between the many services provided as well as ensuring that they deliver (individually and collectively) real business benefits to customers.

Says Kevin Gilbert, Mills CNC’s Managing Director: “Mills has a reputation in the market for its best-in-class customer services and after-sales support. Our large, loyal and growing customer base expect the after-sales services we provide to be at least equal, in terms of quality, innovation, comprehensiveness and cost-competitiveness, to the Doosan machine tools we sell.

“By investing in and improving our customer-focused services, and by making key strategic appointments (such as the appointment of Heath) to the Mills Team, we continue to deliver the best service support in the Industry.”

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