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Made in the Midlands weekly round up - 07/07/17

Posted on: Jul 7th

Made in the Midlands are pleased to announce our brand-new media partnership with Production Engineering Solutions (PES).

The partnership will see PES promote the 2018 Made in the Midlands Exhibition, 2018 Made in Yorkshire Exhibition and the 2017 Made in the Midlands Awards through its magazine and digital platforms.

Made in the Midlands CEO, Jason Pitt said: “We are delighted to have entered this new partnership with PES. I’m certain that our members will have either read or featured in their magazine or online platforms. It is fantastic that PES will now be supporting us with coverage of our biggest events as we continue to grow.”

Dave Tudor, PES’ editorial director added: “Made in the Midlands is a well-run, ambitious association that represents Midlands manufacturing businesses at all levels of the supply chain, working hard for its members through regular networking events.

“Geographically, the Midlands is a hotbed of innovation, manufacturing heritage and engineering excellence and I’m sure that as an association, Made in the Midlands will continue to thrive and prosper. We’re delighted to be entering into a media partnership that will promote its events to a wider audience.”

Additionally, Made in the Midlands have officially released our top 5 tips to improve any manufacturer’s digital presence.

Having a voice on social media also ‘humanises’ your brand. It allows you to get to know potential customers virtually. If your company isn’t currently using social media, you are missing out on a huge opportunity to connect with your peers and target audience. View our Top 5 Tips here.

Aston University celebrate success of exceptional event

The latest Made in the Midlands breakfast event was hosted by Friend member, Aston University on Thursday 28th June alongside The Advanced Services Group.

The event was led by Director of Programmes, Iain McKechnie who manages an innovative project, funded by the European Union (ERDF) to improve the performance of 80 technology-innovating SMEs in the Greater Birmingham and Solihull region at the heart of the UK. The project supports firms to help them create and capture untapped value from their customers through the introduction of advanced services (servitization) and to help them to grow revenues by being more innovative with their business models.

Iain stated: “I think the event has been exceptional, the quality of the manufacturing companies that were here has really made a difference to the quality of the conversation and the topics. We have two SME’s here that we are already working with and it was really great to see them in a different context.”

Furthermore, The UK’s first ever degree apprentices will be graduating from Aston University in July thanks to an unique partnership between the university and the company Capgemini, designed to revolutionise the way young people develop high level skills through apprenticeships.

Staffs Precision targets aerospace

Staffordshire Precision Engineering has purchased a VTC-800/20SR vertical travelling column 5-axis machining center from Worcester-based machine tool manufacturer, Yamazaki Mazak UK.

The investment will enable the £3m turnover company to begin manufacturing larger, high precision components for the automotive and aerospace industries, as well as the medical and scientific instrument markets.

Gary Smith, director at Staffordshire Precision Engineering, commented: “The last 18 months have been a very exciting period for the businesses and we believe our recent purchase of a Mazak VTC-800/20SR will allow us to meet growing customer demand for larger and more complex parts which, up until now, were beyond our capabilities.

“We’ve already won new business off the back of the purchase. We can now also machine bigger parts, such as housings, to go alongside the medical and scientific instrumentation components we manufacture for existing customers, which means customers can consolidate their subcontract work into one supplier.”

RA Labone to install six new moulding machines in site expansion

Ilkeston manufacturer of plastic injection mouldings, RA Labone are in the process of expanding their site to make space for up to six new moulding machines.

Labone supply products to numerous blue-chip customers across the globe, primarily in the automotive, medical and electrical equipment sectors.  

Account Manager, Will Selwood explained: “We have got two main manufacturing units on our site and the new warehouse will support the materials for both of those units. The current stores area will become an extension to the existing mould shop.”  

Labone currently have 24 mould machines on site ranging from 6T-150T. This includes horizontal, vertical and rotary machines. Labone plan to purchase a 220T Engel machine to arrive towards the end of 2017. This will support a new project that has been been awarded, but there will be capacity remaining for further enquiries.

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