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The latest Made in the Midlands breakfast event was hosted by CeraCon in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. The event followed Managing Director, Robert Jones brilliant interview on MIMTV. We will be posting the full event review next week to their Made in the Midlands microsite.
Made in the Midlands welcomed Johnty Mongan, National Sales Manager from Unipart Cyber Security into the MIMTV studio.
Johnty discussed cyber crime and the impact it can have on local manufacturing businesses. He also talked about tips that he would offer to manufacturing companies to protect themselves in the cyberspace.
One of the West Midlands leading aluminium casting foundries is celebrating its 50th birthday in style after announcing plans for a new £1.2m technical centre and machine shop.
Alucast will start work on the new facility in June, which will house its existing CAD and MAGMA® casting simulation facilities, non-destructive testing capabilities and the firm’s new 5-axis CNC technology.
It’s part of an ambitious strategy that will see the company target up to £3m of new ‘lightweighting’ opportunities for complex castings in the automotive and agricultural markets.
“50 years in business is a massive achievement and during that time we’ve seen plenty of ups and downs, including major contract wins such as completing the top and bottom caps for the London 2012 Olympic Torch and the brake calipers for Bugatti Veyron, alongside recessions that have really challenged the business,” explained John Swift, Managing Director of Alucast.
“2017 will be a year where we celebrate our history and the achievements of our staff, but it will also be a time where we put a marker in the sand for the next 50 years. Alucast has progressed a long way from a local jobbing shop foundry to an international aluminium foundry capable of competing with our global rivals by offering customers a complete supply service.”
adi Telecom has been working with a range of customers who are starting to take some early steps to move towards the future, these baby steps include:
The Paperless Office
For the past three decades, technologists have talked of the imminent arrival of the paperless office, but even after many significant technology advances, we’re not much closer to it than we were when we first started to use e-mail in earnest in the early 90’s and the reality is :-
Each day, one billion photocopies are made (Source: Forrester Research)
The annual growth rate for the amount of paper produced by the average company is 25%.
Additionally, apprenticeships are a big part of adi Group’s talent stream and we are a proud member of The 5% Club. By joining the Club, adi have committed to the aim of ensuring that within the next five years, 5% of their UK workforce are apprentices on structured earn and learn programmes.
The world’s second biggest brewer and the UK’s leading beer and cider producer, Heineken, has optimised its procurement and stores management process at one of its sites through a strategic partnership with Brammer, a leading Europe-wide distributor of industrial Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) products.
After previously working with Heineken, Brammer was initially selected by the maintenance team to manage the procurement process and help optimise the MRO stock held onsite. Due to production demands and the size of the facility, Brammer recommended the implementation of Insite™, effectively a dedicated Brammer branch housed within the Hereford facility. Each Insite™ is headed up by a member of Brammer staff who has experience in branch, and the technical knowledge to advise on products and their capabilities.
Josh O’Connor, Maintenance Planner at Heineken, explained: “We approached Brammer as we needed to find a suitable way to free up the time of our maintenance team, as often, vast amounts of time were being spent on managing and procuring stock. Downtime in our facility is extremely costly, so we needed to make sure all our engineers were easily available at any time to deal with issues.
Telford based oil mist collectors manufacturer Filtermist has invested in an ABB robot for its welding department as part of the company’s continuous improvement policy.
The investment follows sustained global growth which saw Filtermist’s sales increase by 23% last year. Managing Director James Stansfield elaborates, “Filtermist oil mist collectors are currently available in more than 60 countries and we are constantly growing awareness of the Filtermist brand around the world, as well as our international distributor network.
“This has resulted in a significant rise in sales and we have a number of plans in place to ensure we are able to meet the increasing demand for our products without compromising on quality.”
Birmingham City University has appointed Professor Philip Plowden as Vice-Chancellor to take the institution into the next phase of its development.
Professor Plowden has served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Derby for the last four years, where he delivered a step-change in academic quality – with the institution’s league table position rising from 91st to 48th.
Additionally, a pioneering new package of courses is aiming to equip business leaders and policy makers with the skills and knowledge to forge international trade deals following Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.
Birmingham City University has announced the new International Trade courses and masterclasses, which will be run by staff in its Centre for Brexit Studies and have been backed by Secretary of State for International Trade, Liam Fox.
Finally, the head of the UK’s first Centre for Brexit Studies believes the country’s snap general election will make no difference to its Brexit negotiation position and that Gibraltar remains a problematic issue ahead of talks.
Speaking before a visit to Madrid next week (April 24-26) Professor Alex de Ruyter, Director of the Centre for Brexit Studies at Birmingham City University, said the likelihood of a Conservative victory in the election meant Britain’s bargaining position was unlikely to change.