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West Midlands Producers 17 Jul 18
Salts Healthcare, now at Birmingham’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Aston.
Last year Salts Healthcare , which manufactures medical devices, moved into the Apollo building in Birmingham’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Aston.
West Midlands Producers 14 Jun 18
Aston’s JS Wright sets up prefabrication unit
As construction workers from EU countries leave following the Brexit vote and the skilled British workforce is ageing, Britain is once more turning to prefabrication.
West Midlands Producers 13 May 18
The Times, the FT and the Chancellor focus on late payment
o Earlier two football clubs were commended on this site: Liverpool managed an average of 27 days, beating Arsenal’s 35.
West Midlands Producers 30 Mar 18
More good news from West Midlands manufacturers: ADI Electrical, W H Tildesley and Brooks Forging
o Gasification Plant Converting Waste to Fuel – a ’world first’ This post updates the 2016 coverage of Adi Electrical, whose head office is in Kings Norton, Birmingham.
West Midlands Producers 16 Mar 18
Good news from four West Midlands manufacturers: first, RSD Pressings of Cannock
C H Howe Limited was originally founded in 1940 as manufacturers of metal toggle fasteners to the metal box industry and in particular ammunition boxes during the Second World War.
West Midlands Producers 18 Feb 18
Post-Brexit, with an ageing workforce and a shortage of graduates with science, engineering or mathematics qualifications, effective training is needed for younger and older workers
In April 2017 an apprenticeship levy was introduced.
West Midlands Producers 29 Jan 18
What have Liverpool and Arsenal football clubs in common with Music Magpie?
Football clubs were among the quickest to pay their suppliers.
West Midlands Producers 23 Dec 17
WM manufacturing opportunity: permanent magnets for wind turbines
Birmingham’s Professor Rex Harris (FREng) is drawing attention to a recent article in the Guardian Review on wind energy giving an up-beat view of off-shore wind farms which, he agrees, are showing a lot of promise, particularly compared with…
West Midlands Producers 7 Dec 17
Updating KPM Marine 2013: John Clancy’s legacy fund, the BSBLF
Birmingham City Council leader John Clancy said earlier this year, “(Entrepreneurs) risk-takers are hugely important to the city economy, creating jobs and wealth.
West Midlands Producers 1 Nov 17
Nov 1-2: Mechatronic Solutions launch the Podconnect at the NEC
We return to Mechatronic Solutions after this two year old post was selected by most of the visitors to this site last month – the majority coming from the United States.
West Midlands Producers 25 Oct 17
Top post: Mechatronic Solutions: Kings Norton Business Centre
Most widely read post last month with American visitors again topping the list.
West Midlands Producers 26 Sep 17
Berck of West Bromwich: worker-management co-operation, training and investment
Berck Ltd, a family-run company in West Bromwich, founded in 1947, took difficult decisions to weather the downturn following the 2008 economic crisis.
West Midlands Producers 7 Sep 17
Metro and Redwood: new banks offering loans and savings accounts for small and medium sized companies
Metro Bank started operations in 2010.
West Midlands Producers 6 Aug 17
Arc Specialist Engineering Limited: Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Walsall
Arc Specialist Engineering Limited, formerly known as Bowman Birmingham Limited, is a group of steel processing businesses formed in March 2013 which manufacture and supply various specialist steel products.
West Midlands Producers 18 Jul 17
A Perry & Co: new staff and new premises
Good news has been received about yet another family-owned firm.
West Midlands Producers 21 Jun 17
Top posts in June: Linecross Composites & Newby Foundries – USA interest & a visitor from Kazakhstan
It is interesting to see these 2013 posts attracting attention and an unprecedented number of visitors from the United States – three times as many as from the UK, which usually heads the list.
West Midlands Producers 22 May 17
German readers head the stats list: Aquapak Polymers top post
Twice as many German readers visited the site last week compared with UK visitors – why? Most read news: a March entry, Aquapak Polymers, a sustainable plastics manufacturer, is relocating from Kings Norton to new 50,000 sq ft production…
West Midlands Producers 6 May 17
DK Rewinds: maintaining and manufacturing spares for traction motors
DK Rewinds a Smethwick company family business founded in 1976 by Mr Harbhajan Singh Bhogal, has two sites in the area, employing over 60 full time staff, including three electrical engineering apprentices.
West Midlands Producers 16 Apr 17
Subcon Lasers: ‘in the forefront’ due to continual investment in the latest technology
Subcon Laser Cutting, based in Nuneaton, invests in the latest technology available to keep at the forefront of a rapidly changing and challenging manufacturing environment.
West Midlands Producers 26 Mar 17
Warrior Doors in Tyseley
Warrior Doors Ltd is an SME manufacturing company making stainless steel, aluminium and fully glazed high security doors for commercial properties, industrial premises, banks, bullion dealers, jewellers, local authority housing and housing…
West Midlands Producers 5 Mar 17
Aquapak has moved its production base at Hollymoor Point, Rubery
Aquapak Polymers, a sustainable plastics manufacturer, is relocating from Kings Norton to new 50,000 sq ft production base at Hollymoor Point, Rubery.
West Midlands Producers 25 Feb 17
Zaun, another successful West Midlands manufacturer
Zaun, which makes high security and perimeter systems steel fencing, has an extensive range of perimeter fencing , high security fencing , sports equipment , automatic electric gates , security bollards and hostile vehicle mitigation…
West Midlands Producers 27 Jan 17
Albert Jagger decides to bring in some ‘on shore’ manufacturing capability
Walsall-based Albert Jagger is a large manufacturer and suppliers to the commercial vehicle bodybuilder, boat builder, agricultural and engineering industries in the UK.
West Midlands Producers 12 Dec 16
Thermotec Plastics , based in Electra Park, Witton, is a Birmingham-based plastic and composites manufacturer, ‘bespoke supplier’ of engineered solutions in vacuum forming/thermoforming, polyurethane mouldings and super lightweight composites…
West Midlands Producers 22 Oct 16
Meriden-based StadiArena’s project in Ahmedabad
StadiArena’s unique technology was developed by StadiArena founder, managing partner , accountant and former professional footballer Paul Fletcher (below right) in 2004, before he set up the business in 2007.
West Midlands Producers 1 Oct 16
A project which aims to encourage UK businesses to source locally
In April this year the press reported that after three years of trial and research, Glastonbury Festival launched a sustainable, recycled stainless steel pint cup for use on a major scale at this year’s event will only have been missed by …
West Midlands Producers 14 Sep 16
Webster and Horsfall of Hay Mills: on the Times’ SME 2016 FastTrack list
Part of the FastTrack citation included this paragraph: “Founded in 1720, this family firm works with Birmingham University to develop its wire technologies for customers in the oil, gas, pharmaceutical and automotive industries.
West Midlands Producers 21 Jul 16
Brooks Forgings, established in 1960, is a leading UK supplier of hot-forged and machined fastener components.
West Midlands Producers 29 May 16
Crofts & Assinder
Earlier this month Pamela Pinski wrote about Crofts Assinder Limited based in Lombard Street, Digbeth, “the birth place of industry in Birmingham”.
West Midlands Producers 8 May 16
When the writer complained about discomfort during longer cycle journeys she was told to get a Brooks saddle.
West Midlands Producers 8 Mar 16
CMA Moldform in Erdington
Erdington’s CMA Moldform , established in 1990, provides design and casting facilities for industry, optical art moulding, centrifugal and vacuum castings, and high capacity rotacasting.
West Midlands Producers 18 Feb 16
Will Chancellor Osborne cripple the ‘makers’?
Chancellor George Osborne closed his 2011 Budget speech by setting out his aspiration for “a Britain carried aloft by the march of the makers”.
West Midlands Producers 3 Feb 16
Birmingham-based ADI group
Birmingham City Council leader John Clancy has said that the only chance of future success is to create wealth and jobs through capital spending – and his vision is for Birmingham to become a city of 1,000 small and medium sized businesses…
West Midlands Producers 8 Jan 16
New Year Greeting from Koolmill’s director
Exemplar: The Manufacturer TOP100 – 2015 Ranked No.
West Midlands Producers 1 Jan 16
Morefresh, a supply chain service*
… Bringing the countryside to your doorstep! … Philip Meredith, director of Morefresh , a company the writer first featured on Birmingham’s late lamented Stirrer in 2009, addressed his customers in a September newsletter .
West Midlands Producers 8 Dec 15
The Black Country Growth Deal: automotive, aerospace and construction sectors
A link in the Brummie led to the Birmingham Press article: ‘ Made in the Black Country, sold around the world’ and an online search added more information.
West Midlands Producers 7 Dec 15
WMP co-founder named Businesswoman of the Year
On Friday 27th of November at the Edgbaston Stadium audiences voiced their appreciation for Birmingham, as the city’s people came together to join finalists, sponsors, ambassadors and judges in a night of celebration and entertainment.
West Midlands Producers 29 Oct 15
Redhill Manufacturing – a topical offer
Redhill Manufacturing was established in 1977 in Redditch, near Birmingham, focussing on manufacturing sack trucks and platform trucks, with four employees, operating from a 1,600 square foot unit on South Moons Moat Industrial Estate.
West Midlands Producers 29 Sep 15
M6 Motor Bodies
Andy Savery set up his garage in 2000, with no plan beyond being his own boss and running that business until he retired.
West Midlands Producers 24 Aug 15
PPS: re-investment to secure success for the future
Following good news from Hydraforce , a press release about their latest investment has been forwarded by managing director, Kirsty Davies-Chinnock of Professional Polishing Services Ltd in Smethwick.
West Midlands Producers 24 Aug 15
Hydraforce: new premises to open next month
In February, the story of Aston’s HydraForce , which celebrated 25 years in Birmingham last year was told on this site.
West Midlands Producers 7 Jul 15
Studentship available as BCU and Brandauer collaborate to develop low cost pressed metal sensors
West Midlands Producers 12 Jun 15
Startup Britain has released new stats about how many companies were started in the UK in 2014.
West Midlands Producers 4 Apr 15
Mechatronic Solutions: Kings Norton Business Centre, Birmingham
Mechatronic Solutions, one of the UK’s leading providers of innovative automation solutions and systems integration services, has delivered over 400 projects during the last 25 years across a wide range of manufacturing sectors.
West Midlands Producers 5 Mar 15
Reshoring in the West Midlands
As Peter Davies, chairman of Professional Polishing said on a sister site in 2013, “ it is great to see that there is a new buzz word around – onshoring!” The reshoring trend, successes and possible pinch points, systematically explored and…
West Midlands Producers 6 Feb 15
Aston hydraulic manufacturing company HydraForce , which celebrated 25 years in Birmingham last year , received £1.8 million from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund in July, following an analysis of the market which found potential…
West Midlands Producers 23 Jan 15
Birmingham’s Brandauer – reshoring and multi-skilling
It is good to be able to update our 2012 news from Brandauer , the presswork and stamping specialist, now located in Bridge Street West, Aston/Newtown, which is celebrating a major reshoring achievement, wresting an order from a US company…
West Midlands Producers 8 Jan 15
Government payment strategies boosting the working capital of corporates but jeopardising the future of SMEs
Andy Richardson , in the Northern Echo , reports on the findings of the government’s Public Accounts Committee, whose chair, Margaret Hodge, said: “Small and medium-sized enterprises have a vital role to play in the UK’s economy…
West Midlands Producers 4 Jan 15
Top posts of 2014
BI Composites of Cannock and Halesowen Linecross of Oakham Parry People Movers and building products based in Cradley Heath ‘Reshoring’: Coventry’s RDM Automotive and other Midland businesses .
West Midlands Producers 22 Dec 14
The tip of the iceberg: “demanding money with menaces”- pay to stay on Premier Foods list of contractors
Earlier this month, the business secretary Vince Cable asked the Competition and Markets Authority to investigate the kind of “pay to stay” arrangements being used by Premier Foods.