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Made in the Midlands weekly round up - 16/06/17

Posted on: Jun 16th

Made in the Midlands are delighted to announce that Made in the Midlands magazine Issue 11 is now available online at the link here.

The magazine coverage includes: Made in the Midlands Exhibition 2017, Our Manifesto for Britain event, embracing Industry 4.0 and Made in the Midlands becoming a part of the All Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group.  

We also posted brand new episodes on MIMTV. The first interview features the Consulting National Sales Manager of Unipart Cyber Security, Johnty Mongan. Johnty discusses cybercrime dangers, General Data Protection Regulation and how important it is for manufacturers to protect themselves in the cyberspace.

Additionally, Iwona Sobolewska interviewed the Managing Director of Techman Engineering, Simon Oxspring regarding Industry 4.0. Simon talks about how Industry 4.0 has impacted Techman, staff being upskilled to use technology and much more.

First 68 apprenticeship places now available at £3m Shropshire training hub

68 apprenticeship places are up for grabs later this month when Shropshire’s newest training hub holds a major Summer Event.

Young people, parents and businesses are being encouraged to attend the ‘showcase’, which will mark 60 days before the official opening of the £3m Marches Centre of Manufacturing & Technology (MCMT), a state-of-the-art hub that will support ‘2020 learners by 2020’.

Led by employers Grainger & Worrall, Classic Motor Cars, Salop Design & Engineering and training specialist In-Comm, the centre will provide the county with access to over 65,000 sq ft of engineering and manufacturing space and will be equipped with technology that will ensure apprentices are industry-ready when they leave.

The event, due to be held on June 30th between 1pm-6pm, will give visitors an exclusive opportunity to gain a ‘sneak-peak’ at the development of the MCMT, a virtual tour of the different technology zones and a chance to meet key members of the team.

Birchills Automotive acquire Motad assets

The UK’s leading independent exhaust parts and systems supplier to the trade, Birchills Automotive have announced the purchase of 104 machinery assets from Motad Ltd.

The purchase ensures that Birchills can expand their service offering within the motorcycle exhaust sector. Birchills have an array of tooling and jigs for the motorcycle sector which helps them to produce exhaust systems in a reasonable lead-time.

Managing Director of Birchills Automotive, Andrew Wellings explained: “We are delighted with the purchase of the 104 machinery assets from Motad. It is a great opportunity for us, as it will expand our motorcycle capabilities even further and our capacity for production has increased.”

Motad had a huge range of R&D capabilities including 3D CAD, dyno and gas flow equipment. The company produced replacement systems for motorcycles including: Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and many more reputable brands.

BBC descends on Zaun for Election comment

The BBC has descended on Zaun for comment in the past few days as the country still seeks to come to terms with the results of the General Election.

The final few constituencies were still yet to declare when Radio 4 Today programme chief correspondent Matthew Price arrived before 7am on Friday to interview owner and founder Alastair Henman, fork life truck operator Matt Ellis and stores apprentice Jordan Hughes.

That broadcast went out at 9.35am as the programme sought to make sense of a hung Parliament and how long Theresa May might last at the helm of a minority Government.

A short two-minute teaser went out at lunchtime on Monday with the main bulletin leading the half-hour slot at 6.30pm that evening.

Made in the Midlands but with global ambitions

The Comtec team were at Made in the Midlands Expo 2017 last month speaking to manufacturers about their export plans.

With a very buoyant and optimistic atmosphere amongst exhibitors and attendees, many companies were reporting record recent growth.

This trend is not just anecdotal either; in a recent FDI manufacturing rankings report (published by the Financial Times) the Midlands region scored a double, coming out top both in the UK and in Western Europe.

With further expansion into non-EU markets, we have seen a trend from UK manufacturers for technical translations and website localisation in Mexican Spanish, Korean, Chinese and Japanese.

Comtec’s experience working with manufacturers in the Midlands and talking to attendees at #MIMExpo17 is that maximising opportunities overseas is their focus. These companies are innovative - looking for new markets and new opportunities. We’re delighted to be part of this exciting industry, supporting Midlands firms with translation services that deliver tangible ROI by boosting export sales.

5 Reasons to use Graphite EDM Electrodes

There has been a long standing debate about whether graphite or copper is a better EDM electrode material. One of main reasons people have historically used copper within Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM) is because it is cleaner in their working environment, but is that where the advantages of the material stop?

With over 70% of the global market choosing to use graphite electrode materials over copper today (totalling as high as 95% in the United States), the question is why choose graphite over copper in your EDM applications?

Here, we take a closer look at the differences between the two materials and outline 5 reasons why graphite is likely to be the most appropriate for your EDM application needs.

Read the full article HERE

Caterpillar / Perkins visit Sentinel Manufacturing to present Silver Level SQEP Award

Sentinel Manufacturing are proud to announce that we received the Silver Level SQEP (Supplier Quality Excellence Process) Certification from Caterpillar last week.

Sentinel have been supplying the Perkins Engines Division of Caterpillar for over 25 years and after sustaining Bronze Level SQEP for two years, through a controlled increase in performance in quality and delivery, the team has met the metrics required to qualify for silver status.

Sentinel are just 1 of 4 companies in the UK to hold the prestigious SQEP Silver certification and 1 of 97 worldwide.

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