The Qimtek Blog

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

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    Despite the common dystopian film trope that centres around the rebellion and uprising of robots, this is certainly not the biggest fear surrounding automation in its current form. Many companies - especially SMEs - have resisted automation due to fears surrounding job losses, believing that robots will make the employment of humans obsolete.

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    Injection Moulding - Present and Future

    Kerry Beeby - Director Friday, August 2, 2019

    Although injection moulding appears to be a significantly advanced process used by many companies to achieve a high-quality finish at a competitive price, it’s really based on a simple, traditional method. This means that it lends itself to the old adage of ‘if it ain’t broke don't fix it’. Instead, we’ve simply introduced new technologies - and sometimes automation - to better the dependability and versatility of the manufacturing process.

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    R&D Tax Credits: The Facts

    Nat Mortazavi Wednesday, July 24, 2019

    By this point, most of us will have heard of Research and Development Tax Credits, either through submitting an application or on the grapevine. However, most companies are not fully taking advantage of this incredibly powerful funding mechanism.

  • Medical parts being 3D printed


    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.

  • Composite components


    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.

  • Robot moving blocks to spell out Industry 4.0


    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.