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The recent Made in the Midlands exhibition proved to be a celebration of the success and strength of Midlands industry.
The event attracted over 2,000 representatives of the Midlands manufacturing sector to the world-class Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Almost 200 exhibitors promoted their company capabilities at the show, which led to a wealth of conversation regarding the creation of future business.
Made in the Midlands CEO, Jason Pitt said: “I could not be more pleased with the outcome of today’s show. We welcomed over 2,000 people to a world-class venue, to further highlight the togetherness, passion and quality of Midlands manufacturing. The exhibitors exemplified the united strength of the Midlands manufacturing community.”
FARO Technologies, Paul Colegate said: “It’s been a lot bigger event this year. We have received a wealth of leads here, we have loved it. FARO always get something out of the exhibition and we are on the verge of completing another deal from this event.”
Additionally, Made in the Midlands and Threeway Pressings are proud to announce that we have collectively raised £1,650 for the Midlands Air Ambulance at our record-breaking Made in the Midlands exhibition.
The charity raffle was hosted by Threeway Pressings, who also vowed to double the amount raised at the event. Wrekin Sheet Metal’s Sales Director, Simon Orpe was declared the lucky winner of the raffle and was presented with a Bullbarrow filled with alcohol.
Managing Director of Threeway Pressings, Phil Stanley said: “We are immensely proud of raising £1,650 for such a great cause at the exhibition. Each time we host a charity raffle, we are blown away by the charitable nature of the membership base. It is another great showcase of the charity work Midlands manufacturers do throughout the year.”
Dudley-based specialists in alloy and aluminium heat treatment and casting, Alloy Heat Treatment (AHT) have supported the University of Strathclyde in developing an Eco Vehicle to enter the Shell Eco-marathon Europe.
The competition challenges students around the world to design, build and drive the most energy efficient car. The Prototype class which the University are entering focuses on maximum efficiency, which means passenger comfort takes a back seat.
The University’s Chassis Team Manager, Robert Hamill explained: “We got in touch with AHT and they were very excited to be working with us and were incredibly helpful, especially due to the nature of the project. The main process they carried out was the solution heat treatment of our aluminium chassis which was great.”
AHT were asked to provide technical assistance for the heat treatment of a fabricated aluminium alloy chassis. During the fabrication process, supplied material temper strength is significantly reduced in the heat affected zone (HAZ). This led AHT to re-heat treat to restore strength to the HAZ and uniform strength properties in general.
Leading sheet metal pressings and stampings company, Frank Dudley Ltd have announced that their business has grown by 15% since the previous year.
The Birmingham-based company achieved this by increasing their volume, whilst partaking in engineering projects that reduced waste and output times. FDL were also supported by key customers with their investment into the business.
Business Development Manager, Josh Dudley-Toole stated: “FDL have taken a focus to broaden our market exposure, because we offer a process based manufacturing capacity. Regardless of the market, we can create the right product. We have highlighted growth opportunities with HS2 in rail and we’re now supplying a German OEM.”
Diversity and versatility are always at the heart of the services FDL provide, and they are proud to offer their services across a wide range of sectors and industries. They are the trusted components manufacturer for many customers, from world class names through to small local businesses. No matter what your industry, or the application you require components for, you can trust FDL to deliver on time every time.
FDL have proven their versatility by working across a variety of sectors, as Dudley-Toole explained: “This year, we are looking to finalize a contract with the defence and aerospace industries and FDL want to be able to offer solutions to each industry, by using our expertise in metal forming, metal processing and much more.
adi Group, has teamed up with other local businesses to raise vital funds for Heart Research UK, by facing off on the football field.
An annual initiative, twelve teams will meet at Aston University football field on Tuesday 6 June and go head-to-head in a six-a-side charity match.
Last year, adi raised over £11,000 for Heart Research UK, with the Group aiming to raise a further £3,000 for the charity, which funds ground-breaking medical research into the prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease.
Event organiser, adi Group’s Craig Mulligan, commented: “It was fantastic to have so many teams get involved last year, and this year we want even more local businesses to get their boots on and join us on the field.
“Heart Research is an exceptional organisation and we are pleased to be doing our part to support them. We’re extremely proud of the partnership we have with them, which gives us the opportunity to help hearts in the Midlands while also reminding ourselves to think about our own health and wellbeing.”