This is just a polite reminder of some of the benefits local manufacturers would gain from attending the event:
On Thursday 2nd July, 12 – 5.30pm the first of a range of events planned to support the growth of the North West manufacturing community is taking place at the University of Bolton… Innovate 2015: Factories of the Future.
This is just a polite reminder of some of the benefits local manufacturers would gain from attending the event:
Partners collaborate to deliver Innovate 2015 for North West Manufacturers (from left to right, Martyn Shaw, University of Bolton, Rory Perrett, University of Bolton, Councillor Ebrahim Adia, Bolton Council, Jonathan Crabtree, Business Growth Hub and Gary Sheader, Chairman, Bolton Manufacturers Group).
The Manufacturing Advisory Service now part of the Business Growth Service, Business Growth Hub, Bolton Manufacturers Group, University of Bolton and Bolton Council have joined forces to deliver Innovate 2015 on 2nd July 2015.
Innovate 2015 is a manufacturer’s only event that will bring together over 100 ambitious manufacturing businesses from the North West and beyond, and will provide a range of speakers who are manufacturing business owners, entrepreneurs and innovators sharing their success stories, approaches and creative ideas with their fellow manufacturing community.
Movement technology specialist Movetech UK has underlined its commitment to advancing skilled engineers by recruiting another apprentice and putting its management team through leadership and management training.
New recruit Michael Smith, 22, had no formal engineering training before joining the Bolton company, though is a hands-on mechanic who has been engineering for years. He takes the total number of apprentices employed by Movetech UK to two.
At the same time, the company's senior management team has been undertaking leadership and management training through the government-backed Growth Accelerator programme, which aims to help high growth businesses reach their potential
"This is an exciting period for the company and we are going to need a fully-equipped team to fulfil our growth plans," said operations manager Russell Entwistle, who is currently part of an additional director development programme provided by Arrimar Ltd.
He added: "The advanced engineering apprenticeship is an ideal platform to train our turntable technicians because it give a formal structure and qualification whilst teaching the specifics of our unique equipment. Most projects we work on are bespoke, and we want to make sure our decades of expertise are passed down the generations.
"Getting an engineer in and expecting them to be able to understand how we work, and what service levels we expect, isn't easy. This way, our apprentices can get a broad knowledge of all aspects of engineering and a specific knowledge of our industry."
Movetech UK's other apprentice, Adam Gastall, joined in September 2010 and is working towards NVQ level 3 advanced engineering with Manchester's Skills Solutions.
Movetech UK has been providing movement solutions for more than half a century. The company produces equipment for a wide range of sectors such as major retailers, events and exhibition organisers, supermarket chains, leading industrial organisations, automotive manufacturers and distributors, TV and film companies, government agencies and test laboratories.
Increasing demand for MGS Medical Plastics products has resulted in the company launching a new 2,500 sq ft clean room at a cost of more than £150,000.
The company recently expanded into new premises in Blackburn, Lancashire, in a bid to both work more efficiently and plan for future expansion.
The latest stage of that development is now complete, and MGS recently launched its new clean room which will allow it to increase production on its disposable medical and needle devices.
MGS Medical Plastics is an offshoot of MG Stuma, which has recently rebranded as MGS Technical Plastics, one of the UK's quickest growing plastic injection moulding specialists. The company is currently undergoing a £2m expansion plan as it bids to keep up with rapidly growing demands for its specialist products.
The clean room is the latest part of the growth plan. It conforms to ISO13485, which the company is the process of gaining certification for, and is home to 5 injection moulding machines arranging from 35 tonne to 110 tonne lock, shot weight from 25g to 300g.
Director John Sturgess said: "This is a very exciting time for MGS. We are evolving rapidly and investing heavily in new premises and new machinery
"We are growing from strength to strength all the time and our clean room, which is another significant investment, is yet another string to our bow. It confirms our position as one of the strongest in the market."
MGS produces a wide range of medical items, including hyperdermic needle handling and control, blood test systems, dental care, disposable medical devices, filtration and sterilisation equipment.
About MGS Medical Plastics and MGS Technical Plastics
MGS Medical Plastics and MGS Technical Plastics are the new names of MG Stuma, better reflecting the company's major product areas - plastic injection mouldings for medical and hygiene markets; and security, leisure, safety, lighting and electronics.
With hundreds of different injection moulded plastic products, it's hard to highlight ‘typical' products, but the company manufactures: roller towel housings, which it assembles for its clients, microwave steamers, hard plastic helmets for the building industry and white water rafting protective head gear, high-tech plastic components for military communication equipment and mass produced small plastic caps and filters.
Established in 1974, the family owned company has around 100 employees and a turnover of £6.5 million.
Issued on behalf of: MGS Technical Plastics and MGS Medical Plastics
Movetech UK helped Coventry University graduate James Hughes steal the show by adding another dimension to his degree-show exhibit - the vehicle of the future.
The Automotive & Transport Design student, who graduated from the Midlands campus this year, developed a lightweight vehicle for individuals who can't drive regular cars, either due to their age, injury, or because they have no licence.
James built a 1:4 scale model of lightweight fibreglass to show off at his degree show. The model, which was rotating on a Movetech UK turntable, generated a lot of attention at the show.
He said: "There were 120 people displaying projects and about 100 of those were physical models, but I wanted mine to stand out more."
The dimensions of the model are 83cm long by 42cm wide and weighing approximately 15kg. Movetech UK's team rented James one of their mini carousel turntables, which made his model stand out and shine.
"I was delighted to find that Movetech UK made turntables in a whole range of different sizes, so there was one the perfect diameter for my project," said James. "It helped generate a lot more interest in the model. I was able to show off the physical surfaces all the way round, instead of people having to squeeze around the back of the stand.
"Movetech UK was very helpful indeed. Even though it was a small order, they gave me updates on when to expect the turntable, and I was delighted with the impact it had on my final project."
Movetech UK's Tim Entwistle said: "As an engineering company ourselves we were fascinated by James' idea for the quadricycle. We do all we can to promote fresh young talent in the industry, so when he came to us asking if we could help, we were only too pleased to do our bit.
"We make turntables in all sizes, some rotate full articulated lorries and others help display cakes in shop windows. So providing something that had the correct size and power requirements was relatively simple. We thought the end result of James's model quadricycle looked fantastic."
16 businesses from the North West manufacturing community are joining forces to form a Manufacturers Alliance from 11th September 2013. Leaders from the manufacturing community will be committing 1 day per month to step out of their businesses and focus ‘on their businesses’.
The group has been launched and will be chaired by Gary Sheader, a Bolton based manufacturing ambassador. The main focus will be supporting collaborative working and creating a safe environment for manufacturing business leaders to share best practise. Gary will be providing a range of industry expert speakers each month that will provide the most advanced methods to drive growth in the industry. Gary also stated, “Our aim is to help the members make effective decisions that will support personal growth and help them grow their bottom lines. I love to see people and businesses reach their full potential and the structure of the Manufacturers Alliance will ensure this happens. Surrounding yourself with other manufacturing leaders that are striving for the similar goals will be very powerful and infectious.”
Manufacturing businesses in the North West will have seen Gary’s Bolton Manufacturers Group grow over the past couple of years, and for those lucky enough to attend, will have tasted the famous Pie and Peas manufactured locally at Carrs Pasties in Bolton. He has also been a speaker at a number of The Manufacturer and Lean Management Journal events on lean manufacturing and managing change.
One of the new members of the group Maurice Summerson, 7 years retained at the Baerlocher UK, part of the 1200 employee international Baerlocher Group says, “I have always been a huge fan of collaborative working and sharing knowledge to achieve commercial results, so Gary did not need to sell the idea to me. The calibre of the people in the group is fantastic and I am sure we will all be embarking on a great journey together. We need more groups like this around the UK to support the growth of UK manufacturing.”
Emma Collings, Director of Ian Lucas Security Shutters had a different reason for joining the group, “we have been trading now for over 6 years and I have found the business world quite lonely at times. Being a woman in manufacturing is tough and the Manufacturers Alliance has given me a support network of likeminded people I can trust. After attending just one of the taster sessions I have already seen benefits in my business.”
The Manufacturers Alliance will be launching on 11th September 2013 and already has 8 members signed up. If you would like to be one of the remaining 8 manufacturers you can find out more via the website: www.manufacturersalliance.co.uk or contact Gary Sheader via telephone on 01204 410062.
The current members of the group are:
Director of Security Shutter Manufacturer
Managing Director of Architectural Metalwork Manufacturer
Managing Director of Additive Manufacturer
Finance Director of Interior Fixtures Manufacturer
Managing Director of 2 Textile Manufacturers
Managing Director of Pneumatic Control Manufacturer
Managing Director of Mechanical Seal Manufacturer
Managing Director or Steel Enclosure Manufacturer
The Bolton Manufacturers Group hosted their 12th event at the Reebok Stadium in collaboration with the Royal Bank of Scotland, Business Bolton, NXO and Bolton Wanderers Community Trust. on 30th October 2012.
The event brought together the Bolton manufacturing community for an evening dedicated to funding opportunities, finance options, guest speakers, great food and most importantly a fantastic atmosphere.
The event certainly met our expectations and more with everyone engaged with each other from start to finish, sharing stories and relaxing into the warm enviorment.
We had stands from the best of manufacturing supporters, including; Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS), UKTI, Groundworks, Unite with Business, Jumpstart, Business Bolton, GrowthAccelerator, FW Capital, Close Brothers, Access to Finance, UCLAN - DigitME and PMD Leasing.
We shared a number of statistics with the local community on the evening that proved that manufacturing is still very much a big player in our local economy and the British economy:
What is the current population of Bolton? - 276,000
What percentage of people employed in Bolton are in Manufacturing? - 18%
How many manufacturing companies are trading in Bolton? – 400+
What is the current GVA per employee in the manufacturing sector? -£49,000
What percentage of UK exports come from manufacturing? – 50%
For every £100 spent on training in manufacturing what is the average return for your business? - £124
What percentage of all UK R & D is in manufacturing? – 75%
Soon after the event Sophie Drozda, Director, IFS Labratories Ltd said: "I would just like to say on a personal level, its great what you are doing and it’s an absolute credit to the Bolton Community and Businesses. I will be spreading the word on this. It was profoundly interesting to realise the potential of manufacturing in the UK and how we all need to encourage and enhance this. Looking forward to future events."
We encourage you to take the advice from the event and join us in promoting all the great things that are happening in the manufacturing sector. Share your good news stories and put manufacturing on the map!
Promote your good news on your websites, promote your news on here, get your staff excited about the future and get them talking about it, talk at events, bang on the door of the local newspapers, contact industry related magazines ............. just do it!
(Chairman, Bolton Manufacturers Group)
To help promote local manufacturing businesses and prove to the world that the sector is not all doom & gloom I have decided to launch this blog.
All the members of the Bolton Manufacturers Group can provide good news stories and I will promote them via the site.
We always have lots of good news at our meetings so I am sure that this area of the site will soon begin to fill up.
So manufacturers what good news about your businesses would you like me to promote?
Bolton Manufacturers Group
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