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Made in the Midlands weekly round up - 05/05/17

Posted on: May 5th

Made in the Midlands interviewed the Deputy Director at the City of Wolverhampton College, Andrew Cartwright and Health & Safety Officer and Training Supervisor at Heller Machine Tools, Owen Needles to discuss: “Apprentices & Bridging the Manufacturing Skills Gap”.

Owen and Andrew answer vital questions including the potential impact of the levy on manufacturing businesses. Heller have a vibrant apprenticeship programme that has been running for over 30 years, which has resulted in a sixth of their workforce being apprenticeship graduates.

Following this, we invited the Managing Director of Heller Machine Tools onto MIMTV to discuss a range of important topics including:  Heller Academy, Heller4Industry, their machines being Built in Britain and much more.

Additionally, The Government launched its Industrial Strategy last autumn in its support for growth.  As part of Made in the Midlands efforts for members to be included in these discussions, we are organised our own workshop and brainstorming event, which aims to ‘seed’ ideas to government, cross party and in the institutions that are likely to oversee funds to support the industrial strategy.

Made in the Midlands are inviting members to participate in our Manifesto for Britain event which is being hosted at Birmingham City University, Curzon Building and special guests include non executive chairman Lord Mike Whitby and Baroness Burt.

Liberty highlights solutions for industry’s pressing needs

Britain’s fastest growing metals and industrial enterprise, Liberty House, has set its sights on the automotive sector as a vital engine for further expansion of the Group.

And the West Midlands has been firmly established as the design and production hub of this burgeoning business, which now employs nearly 4,500 people in steel and engineering operations across the UK.

Liberty, which is a Tier 1 supplier to major vehicle manufacturers such as JLR, Nissan, Renault and GM, will be demonstrating its growing footprint in the automotive industry during the biggest ever ‘Made in the Midlands’ exhibition at the Ricoh Arena on Thursday May 25.

Commercial Director of Liberty Pressing Solutions, Alan Turner said the forthcoming ‘Made in the Midlands’ exhibition with more than 2,000 industry visitors represented an important showcase for the pressings business as it enters a new era.

“This is a very exciting time for us, we have an ambitious and creative team and we are very open to new opportunities. We’ll be appearing at the exhibition for the very first time under the Liberty banner but nevertheless we’ll be showing off the products of well-established Midlands businesses,” he said.

Mr Turner added that the show would give Liberty representatives the opportunity also to talk to guests on their A3 stand about the Group’s wider automotive business, including the advanced braking technology and control systems at Liberty Vehicle Technologies, an enterprise centred on Leamington Spa. This includes technology used in Formula 1 and other motorsport.

Made in the Midlands Exhibition promotion

Hadley Group are proud to announce that we will be exhibiting at Made in the Midlands this year. Don’t miss your chance to come and speak to one of our team members at stand S190, Hall 2. Get you free ticket here.

WMH UK Ltd are exhibiting at the Made in the Midlands Exhibition on Thursday 25th May at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on Stand J92. Why not come and have a chat with Ben and Dagmar about your Aluminium requirements.

Righton Limited are pleased to announce that we will exhibiting at the Made in the Midlands Exhibition on Thursday 25th May at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on Stand I73.

A stockholder & distributor for over 100 years, they have established ourselves as the leading supplier of metals and plastics to industry be it for one off requirements, direct-to-line feed services or long term contracts for FTSE 100 companies and government agencies and departments.

Finally, Brammer and Buck & Hickman can help reduce your manufacturing costs and improve your productivity at the Made in the Midlands Exhibition.

On the 25th May, we will be at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, showcasing products and services that can improve your productivity, reduce your working capital and reduce your total cost of ownership.

Mark Dixon, Managing Director, said: “We’re delighted to once again be exhibiting at the Made in the Midlands Exhibition supporting local businesses and offering visitors the opportunity to meet their local cost saving experts and technical team.

“We have been providing industrial supply solutions to Midland based companies for many years, and it’s this experience which has enabled us to ensure we constantly deliver products which are high-quality and reliable, but are also designed to add real value to customers.”

Hadley Group - Nurturing tomorrow’s engineering talent

Hoping to inspire the next generation of engineers, Hadley Group are pleased to renew our support of the Engineering Education Scheme (EES).  Now something of an annual tradition, the latest project saw Research and Design Engineers Robert Ng and Rajiv Banik work closely with a group of pupils from Holyhead School in Birmingham.

Designed to provide students with an in-depth experience of science, engineering and technology to help them make informed decisions about their future studies and career, the EES links Year 12 pupils with local companies to examine real business problems.  

Working together to find feasible solutions, the pupils gain practical skills and insight – while the participating companies benefit from fresh perspectives and new thinking on genuine commercial challenges.

This year, the team have been working on a project to remove ‘rags’ from the rollforming process, by designing a system which will effectively lubricate the rolls whilst looking aesthetically pleasing.  

In December, Robert and Rajiv joined the pupils at the dedicated EES workshop at the University of Birmingham, where the group discussed the problem and built a model of the system.  The pupils then had time to prepare for the assessment day, which took place in May and was judged by Robert and Rajiv’s colleague in R&D, Richard Tsang.

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