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Made in the Midlands weekly round up - 23/06/17

Posted on: Jun 23rd

Liberal Democrat Equalities Spokesperson, Baroness Burt of Solihull has emphasised the importance of utilising the incredible talent pool of women across the UK to mark International Women in Engineering Day.

Baroness Burt urged business leaders within Made in the Midlands and the wider engineering community to seize advantage of the benefits that diversity can provide. She also encouraged female leaders within the sector to blaze a trail for the future generation of female engineers.

The Women’s Engineering Society statistics document found that companies are 15% more likely to perform better if they are gender diverse. The document also revealed that the UK has the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in Europe, at less than 10%, while Latvia, Bulgaria and Cyprus lead with nearly 30%.

Baroness Burt stated: “Gender diversity is very important, there is a business case for having more women, as well as a moral and talent case. If you have different diverse individuals contributing towards a company’s success and productivity then it is clear that it is going to be more successful.”

DURA Automotive were the hosts of the latest Made in the Midlands breakfast event at their stunning Birmingham-based facility. DURA Automotive Systems are a leading independent designer and manufacturer of driver control systems, seating control systems, safety hardware, structural body systems, exterior trim and integrated glass systems.

Iconsys and Pentangle Engineering join Made in the Midlands

ICONSYS are pleased to announce their affiliation with Made in the Midlands (MiM) in what is a historic year for the company as they celebrate 30 years as a major UK automation, system integrator.  As a leading supplier of control and power solutions for industrial automation delivering complex projects to all major sectors, ICONSYS looks forward to working closely with MiM and its members to help improve manufacturing efficiency and become a key contributor to the midlands business community.

MiM is a business networking commune whose ultimate goal is for continued long term prosperity for manufacturing in the Midlands, and by acting in the best interests of local manufacturers and engineering companies. They have their own dedicated micro website: which is accessible by all members and offers a direct two way channel of communication. Later in the year they are looking forward to hosting a breakfast networking event, inviting MiM members for a tour of their facility. The following year they will have their own stand at MiM exhibition expo 2018 held at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

Additionally, Pentangle Engineering would like to say “Hello” and let you know that they are here to help you with any Robotic or Automation applications that you already have or are maybe considering.

Star Micronics GB welcome members to state-of-the-art premises

Star Micronics GB recently welcomed over 40 Made in the Midlands members to their state-of-the-art technology centre in Derbyshire.

The GB subsidiary, in addition to supplying its parent company’s multi-axis, sliding-headstock mill-turn centres, is also the sole UK agent for the entire range of FMB automatic bar feeders and JBS compensating guide bush systems from Germany

Star GB supply a whole range of lathes, machines starting at 10mm bar capacity up to machines with a 38mm bar capacity. The business primarily supplies new machines – the entire range is listed below. However, on occasions we have special promotions on both new and used machines.

Star’s range of machines Sliding Head Lathes provide the right platform for precision engineers to machine high volume component batches, accurately, quickly and with minimal manual/operator intervention.

Get On Track: Rail Tender Supplier Readiness Programme

To support regional manufacturers who currently supply, or have the potential to supply the rail sector, West Midlands Manufacturing Club (WMMC), brought to you by Business Solutions Centres & the University of Wolverhampton have announced the launch of a FREE, three-day pilot rail tender supplier readiness programme, ‘Get On Track’.

Estimated to cost a staggering £56 billion between now and completion in 2033, HS2 presents West Midlands based manufacturers with an unprecedented supply chain opportunity.

WMMC are looking for 10 SMEs to participate in the pilot, with the full programme expected to cost up to £3000 when it officially launches in November this year.  Each pilot company will receive two free places, with at least one of those delegates being the employee who will be or is responsible for tendering within the business required to attend all three sessions on:

Thursday 24 August 2017

Thursday 31 August 2017

Thursday 7 September 2017

EFAFLEX - Innovation happens here

Throughout their 40+ year heritage, EFAFLEX have been synonymous with designing and engineering class leading high-speed doors for industrial and commercial applications. Many of the product’s key features such as their door opening speeds and integrated safety remain unrivalled even 25 years on. ‘Innovation Happens Here’ is the exhibition’s strapline which perfectly epitomises EFAFLEX too so where better for the company to showcase their range of products than at Interplas.

On show from this German manufacturer will be three doors, each designed with a specific role in mind but all incorporating the product innovation and easily identifiable EFAFLEX hallmark build quality. First off the EFA- STR® high-speed turbo door with its patented spiral design and door opening speeds of 4metres per second to accelerate the processes in your business.

This champion of speed combines classy aesthetics with superb functionality. The contact-less patented space saving spiral design moves quietly and virtually wear free. It is capable of up to 250,000 operating cycles per year, Class 3 wind resistant, making this high-speed door ideal for extreme use. EFA- STR® - the world’s fastest vertically opening door!

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