The Qimtek Blog

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

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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Companies are finding that they have redundant systems that don’t communicate with one another, or their ERP system is outdated and is putting them at a competitive disadvantage.

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    Five Reasons to Use an ERP System

    Sarah Venning Monday, May 13, 2019

    ERP systems are used across a plethora of industries; however, manufacturing and engineering stand to benefit from ERP even more so than most of their counterparts. Why? Because the everyday nature of engineering and manufacturing commands a seamless business process, which is exactly what ERP can offer.

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    Features and Benefits for Engineering Companies

    David Jennings - Senior Membership Advisor Friday, May 10, 2019

    In many of our sales blogs, we talk about the features and benefits you can offer to your existing customers, as well as any potential new customers with whom you are still in the process of closing a deal. But what exactly is a feature? And what is a benefit?

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    What Makes a Good Subcontract Engineering Supplier?

    Sarah Venning Friday, May 3, 2019

    Although placing an order with a new supplier is always – to an extent – a leap of faith, there are certain factors that you should bear in mind when putting a job out to quote.

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    Big Data, Better Manufacturing!

    Sarah Venning Friday, April 26, 2019

    You may have heard of the term ‘big data’ – it’s another buzzword which has become increasingly popular in the modern manufacturing sphere. But what’s the difference between plain old data and ‘big’ data? And how can it benefit the manufacturing industry?

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    If you use the Qimtek network to identify new customers or suppliers, then here are four reasons why you should use our reviews to make informed business decisions, as well as submitting your own.

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    The Expansion Conundrum

    Sarah Venning Friday, April 12, 2019

    Why expanding companies are often left contemplating a ‘chicken and egg’ dilemma when it comes to recruitment and the purchase of new machinery…

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    Qimtek Contract Manufacturing Index - Quarter 1, 2019

    Karl Wigart - Owner Friday, April 5, 2019

    Although some of the indexes displayed an erratic performance, Quarter 1’s results are the second-highest in over eighteen months.