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Made in the Midlands weekly round up - 19/05/17

Posted on: May 19th

Made in the Midlands are delighted to announce Stewart Towe CBE, Managing Director of Hadley Group as a seminar speaker at the 2017 Made in the Midlands Exhibition.

Stewart will deliver his presentation all about the Hadley Group. The exhibition takes place at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on Thursday 25th May and is set to attract over 2,000 representatives of the Midlands manufacturing sector.

Made in the Midlands CEO, Jason Pitt said: “We are thrilled to have such an influential industry-leader in Stewart Towe CBE speaking at our exhibition. Hadley are a global force and I am certain that local manufacturers and engineers will gain a wealth of knowledge and experience from his seminar.”

Furthermore, MyWorkwear were delighted to be asked to supply and embroider the uniform shirts for the MITM team to wear for the Made in the Midlands Exhibition 2017. A simple white shirt was chosen which is available for both men and ladies. MyWorkwear then added the MITM embroidered logo, so that the team really stand out, whilst looking professional and smart.

James Worthington, MD from MyWorkwear will be attending the exhibition on May 25th. If you would like to meet with James to chat about your uniform or workwear needs during the exhibition please email James. Otherwise he looks forward to seeing all MITM members at the exhibition.

Now in its eighth year, the exhibition is set to welcome over 2,000 decision makers from the Midlands engineering and manufacturing community, which would be a record attendance figure.

The exhibition will feature around 200 of the biggest names from the Automotive, Aerospace, Oil & Gas and Medical sectors exhibiting including: Ricoh PLC, Mahle Powertrain, GKN, Sertec, Gestamp, Autins Group and Cab Automotive. We have released the full exhibitor list here.

adi Group Pledges To Double Workforce In Three Years

A Birmingham engineering firm has announced ambitious plans to double the size of its turnover and workforce by 2020.

Kings Norton-based adi Group currently has a turnover of £80m and employs more than 550 people. The expansion, revealed at the company’s annual conference at the National Motorcycle Museum, near the NEC, while ambitious, is not with precedent.

Alan Lusty, CEO at adi Group, said: “The manufacturing sector in our area is thriving, with 600,000 people in the Midlands working in the industry, delivering over 21% of the UK’s annual manufacturing output.

“Government plans to invest £392m across the Midlands via the Midlands Engine initiative is very exciting for us, and our aim is to contribute by utilising the local skilled workforce by creating new jobs and boosting the local economy.”

We are now JLF Manufacturing

Many of you will know them as JL Float, and until recently this name was an accurate representation of the business as one of the leading manufacturers of ball floats.  Today, they are far more diverse, with the main focus of their business being in metal presswork, welding and assembly work – although they still do manufacture copper floats.

Their new trading name with immediate effect is JLF Manufacturing Limited, which is reflected in their new identity.  Their recent diversification has provided us with a stronger business that has seen good growth over the past 12 months, and their continued investment in people, manufacturing processes and targeted marketing will ensure that their company has a bright future.  Look out for their new website which will be launched soon.

They look forward to continuing to work with their loyal customers, providing precision engineered products, presswork and a first class personal service.  We’ve been doing it for over 90 years, so we are doing something right.

‘Onshoring’ boost sparks launch of new manufacturing cluster at Automechanika

A unique manufacturing collective is reporting a surge in orders from customers looking to ‘onshore’.

The Manufacturing Assembly Network (MAN), which comprises eight sub-contract manufacturers and a specialist engineering design agency, has seen more than £1.5m of new contracts placed from firms keen to re-establish production in the UK.

A new brochure has been developed and a digital campaign launched to attract interest from clients in the UK and overseas.

“Our cluster has experts in plastic injection, casting, forging and CNC machining, a single source solution for anyone looking for a plastic or metal component,” explained Larry Joyce, Chairman of KimberMills International.

“We have all worked together to deliver new products or re-establish supply so it made sense that we make a concerted effort to attract new work…especially with the ‘onshoring’ enquiries we have received in the last six months.”

Filtermist’s Spanish distributor strengthens partnership with Nissan

Filtermist oil mist filters are trusted by many of the world’s leading automotive manufacturers to protect people from exposure to oil and coolant mist.

Filtermist’s Spanish distributor Disheco S.A. has worked with Nissan Motor Iberica SA(NMISA) at its Barcelona Powertrain plant for a number of  years to ensure oil mist is effectively removed from the air.

A NMISA spokesperson comments, “As a responsible employer, Nissan is committed to providing safe working environments for all of its employees. The health of our factory operatives is just as important as office based workers; by installing Filtermist oil mist filters and undertaking regular routine maintenance, we are ensuring that the 300 people employed at this plant can breathe clean air.”

Disheco’s Technical Industrial Engineer, Jordi Puig, says, “Filtermist units are built to last. This can be seen in Nissan’s Powertrain plant as some of the Filtermists were originally fitted more than 20 years ago.

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