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Made in the Midlands weekly round up - 09/06/17

Posted on: Jun 9th

The latest Made in the Midlands breakfast event was hosted by Lutterworth Ecolighting at one of Amazon’s main UK distribution centres at Rugeley, Staffordshire.

Ecolighting offer a versatile product range using the latest LED technology, creating bespoke solutions for any number of applications. They are a Carbon Trust Accredited Supplier, assessed to BS EN ISO 9001:2008 and also members of the Lighting Industry Association. All this means they are fully committed to offering exceptional service, quality, technology and value.

Over 40 representatives of the Midlands manufacturing sector attended Amazon’s premises to see Lutterworth’s LED lighting. Managing Director of Lutterworth, Martin Needham stated: “I think it’s been an extremely successful event. I think the feedback we have had so far has been absolutely brilliant and combining the event with Amazon has made it really interesting for everybody.

“I think it makes it far more user interactive, they are not just seeing some offices as that is a little boring. They can see the implementation, where it goes and can also come and see a supplier like Amazon.”

Made in the Midlands also spent this week exhibiting at Automechanika Birmingham in Hall 18 on Stand E59. Furthermore, we invited manufacturers from across the Midlands to Derby College to cast their votes for this year’s Young Inventor Panel.

Record growth for Erodex after £3.5million investment

Erodex, the UK’s leading supplier of EDM graphite & tooling to the aerospace market, has experienced record levels of growth following a £3.5million investment and expansion into North America.

Overall turnover increased 20% during the last financial year, following previous record years for the firm. The growth has been a direct result of the investment, specifically targeted at work within the aerospace and industrial turbine sectors.

Director Steve Rolinson commented: “We have experienced significant growth on the tooling side of the business, which in fact is the fastest growing part of the Erodex group. The decision to invest in our own tool rooms and dedicated tooling inspection facilities has given us a real point of differentiation in the market. As well as designing the optimum electrode, the electrode holder and work piece holder, Erodex design and manufacture the whole package, all with a single point of contact. This is unique in our market and we are seeing more and more customers buying into this mindset because of cost and time savings”.

As well as picking up a number of new clients in China and Israel, the company have benefitted from their decision to establish a new £2million facility in Virginia, North America as well as investing £1.5million in a new UK tool room and machine shop. The decision to create a new UK tool room enables Erodex to produce their own tooling in house - particularly that with a significant amount of intellectual property. Doing so allows for tighter quality control, greater support and the carrying out of function trials by their own toolmakers prior to release.

Frost Electroplating support Tokyo 2020 dreams with £1,500 donation

The UK’s largest independent supplier of high-quality barrel, rack and reel-to-reel strip plating, Frost Electroplating have donated £1,500 to sponsor and support Para-Dressage rider, Ashleigh Jones.

Ashleigh, 21, was born with a form of Cerebral Palsy which has left her with reduced function throughout the whole of the right side of her body. Frost Electroplating are sponsoring Ashleigh for the first international competition of the year in July from 5-9th.

Ashleigh explained: “I am so grateful for Frost Electroplating, without the support of them and many others, I wouldn’t be able to get to where I want to be. There are two sides to every medal, the one side is the ultimate performance for me and the horse when we win that gold medal. On the other side, there is everyone who has been a part of the journey to make this possible to get me here.”

Ashleigh added: “My main goal is to win gold at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. I have always had the dream of winning gold, so to me that goal is non-negotiable. I just dream of having an amazing horse, having a gold medal around my neck at Tokyo 2020 and being able to thank everybody.”

Servosteel invest in new Amada laser cutting system

The largest independent Steel Toll Processor in the UK, Servosteel have invested in a new Amada LCG 3014 CO2 flatbed Laser, in order to expand their service offering to customers.

Servosteel’s Dudley-based 200,000 square feet premises has excellent processing facilities including three Slitting lines, two Decoiling lines, a Coil Pickling line and the UK’s only Coil Recovery Line (SCS) along with opportunities for material storage and steel supply.

The addition of the Amada Laser has created new business opportunities for Servosteel, as Director, Richard Burton explained: “Our ideal customer will typically have a requirement for steel processing – Pickling/SCS, Decoiling and Laser.  The advantage is we can now manage the job from start to finish in one location, saving them money in time, transport and logistics.”

If a customer chooses to provide steel in coil form, Servosteel can provide them with the ability to improve their material with SCS or Pickling. Once in optimum condition, Servosteel can also Decoil materials prior to laser cutting.

Following the addition of the Laser cutting service, Servosteel are welcoming new enquiries as Burton added: “There is a huge scope for laser cut parts, and a lot of our existing customers are looking at the potential. We are also taking many enquiries from new customers enabling us to grow the business.”  

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