The Qimtek Blog

We are a dedicated team of experts watching, thinking and talking about the UK manufacturing industry.

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    Crowdfunding Your Engineering Business

    Sarah Venning Friday, September 15, 2017

    In recent years, crowdfunding has become a viable way to raise the capital needed to launch new businesses and products. More and more companies are shunning the traditional methods to starting up in favour of this more novel approach, with plenty of dedicated websites available to those who are looking to utilise crowdfunding as part of their business strategy.

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    The rise of composite materials

    Kirsty McMillan-Field - Membership Support Adviser Friday, September 1, 2017

    Composite materials have been used throughout history, dating as far back as 2100 BC. Today, composites research is being overwhelmed with large sum grants from governments, manufacturers, and universities from all corners of the world, in a bid to further advancements. The aim: cheaper materials, manufactured to design, as kind to the environment as possible.

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    Additive Manufacturing: From Art Through To Engineering

    Sandii Smith - Membership Services Manager Friday, August 25, 2017

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    Breaking Into: Aerospace Industry

    Sarah Venning Friday, August 18, 2017

    Few industries are as renowned as aerospace and many suppliers seek the credibility that servicing this sector affords them. Here in the UK, we have the second largest national aerospace industry in the world, which is great news for companies that are seeking clients from within the field.

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    Email Marketing That Gets Results: Top Tips

    Sarah Venning Friday, August 11, 2017

    In a recent post, I cited email marketing as an easy and effective way to increase your brand awareness. But what sets a successful email marketing campaign apart from the rest? How can you ensure that your email results in a curious recipient that wants to find out more?

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    Subcon 2017 - A Different Perspective

    Dean Munkley - Sales & Marketing Manager Friday, August 4, 2017

    Subcon is the UK’s largest show dedicated to showcasing the subcontract services available to manufacturing buyers. We are extremely pleased to say that Subcon 2017 was a fantastic success for us and our members, scanning over 280 buyers with a spending power of £1.1billion on subcontract parts.

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    With all the day-to-day jobs associated with running an engineering business, it can be difficult to find the time to get your name out there. Luckily, there are some easy steps you can take to boost your brand exposure within a matter of minutes, leaving you to concentrate on other activities.

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    Qimtek Members are Busy - But What About the UK Manufacturing Industry as a Whole?

    Sandii Smith - Membership Services Manager Friday, July 21, 2017

    The pound is down, export is high, and the purchasing Index - as well as the news - is reporting that UK manufacturing is very buoyant. Indeed, our own CMI index corroborates this. But is everyone busy? What areas are affected more than others? And will it last?

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    For far too long, there was little or no data on the strength of engineering supply chains in the UK. However, there is now fact-based evidence which shows the fragile state they are in. The data reveals a contradiction in the minds of engineers; 42% believe supply chains are at breaking point, although 74% expect an increase in turnover during the next twelve months.

  • Qimtek Contract Manufacturing Index - Quarter 2, 2017


    Qimtek Contract Manufacturing Index - Quarter 2, 2017

    Karl Wigart - Owner Wednesday, July 5, 2017

    The results for April, May and June are somewhat erratic; however, they show an upwards trajectory for all three categories.