The Qimtek Blog

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

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    3D Printing Helps to Separate Conjoined Twins

    Sarah Venning Friday, July 19, 2019

    Additive manufacturing has been making waves within the medical industry for quite some time, but this week, it has emerged that 3D printing has contributed towards the successful separation of conjoined twins.

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    Composites: A Design Revolution

    Sarah Venning Friday, July 12, 2019

    Composites have slowly risen in popularity to enable revolutionary advancements within a number of sectors, with no limit to the applications in which they are found. Here is an industry-by-industry breakdown of the ways in which composites are making headway.

  • Contract Manufacturing Index Quarter 2, 2019


    Qimtek Contract Manufacturing Index - Quarter 2, 2019

    Karl Wigart - Owner Friday, July 5, 2019

    The second quarter's Contract Manufacturing Index failed to deliver the same positive message as its predecessor - but what is causing this sudden slowdown?

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    Subcontract Engineers - Can You Afford NOT To Look For New Business?

    Calum Cox - Sales Executive Friday, June 28, 2019

    Subcontract engineering companies can often become complacent when it comes to new business, with not enough thought given to the future and too much focus put upon the present. This can prove to be a detrimental mindset that wreaks havoc upon the sustainability of a company’s long-term goals.

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    Industry 4.0 For SMEs: Where To Start?

    Sarah Venning Friday, June 21, 2019

    With innovation inevitably comes resistance and while the largest names in manufacturing have utilised 4IR practices with amazing results, can the same be said for SMEs?

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    Non-Disclosure Agreements & Qimtek: A Guide For Buyers

    Sarah Venning Friday, June 14, 2019

    Security is not something to be trivialised and we completely understand that this is a crucial consideration to most companies; however, by putting non-disclosure agreements in place unnecessarily, you may not receive as many quotes for your project as you were hoping for.

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    Subcon 2019 Review

    Sarah Venning Friday, June 7, 2019

    Returning to the NEC in Birmingham, the Subcon show embarked on its forty-third year this week. Having taken place over the course of three days, Subcon once again co-located with both The Engineer Expo and the Advanced Manufacturing Show, offering visitors the opportunity to visit three different shows under one roof.

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    Lean manufacturing has been adopted by many of the largest companies in the world. But while many view it as being the perfect manufacturing model, others see it as a cult-like management system that demands relentless productivity from its practitioners.

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    Making Qimtek Membership Work The Second Time Around

    Sandii Smith - Membership Services Manager Friday, May 24, 2019

    Here at Qimtek, we’re extremely proud of the fact that our members have won millions of pounds worth of work through our network. We’ve crafted our membership to make introductions between buyers and suppliers of subcontract engineering services as straightforward as it can possibly be. With that being said, Qimtek membership doesn’t work for every company the first time around.

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    Is Your ERP a Dinosaur?

    Greg Tracey - Director of Channel Sales Friday, May 17, 2019

    With the 4th Industrial Revolution upon us, more and more companies are looking at their legacy business software with a critical eye. Companies are finding that they have redundant systems that don’t communicate with one another, or their ERP system is outdated and is putting them at a competitive disadvantage.