The Qimtek Blog

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

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    Dispelling the Myths Behind the ‘Serious Warning’ Letters

    Sandii Smith - Membership Services Manager Friday, November 10, 2017

    As some of you may be aware, an anonymous individual has been sending slanderous letters to subcontract engineering companies and manufacturing buyers based in certain regions of the country. Subsequently, we would like to take the opportunity to dispel some of the claims made within this document and hopefully set the record straight for those that may be in doubt.

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    Revolutionising the Manufacturing Environment For Future Generations

    Karl Wigart - Owner Friday, October 27, 2017

    We should make sure we create an environment which attracts young talents to the manufacturing industry. Vitsoe has done that.

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    TCT Show 2017: Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing

    Sarah Venning Thursday, October 12, 2017

    As something of a regular at shows that focus on the engineering industry as a whole, I’ll be the first to admit that my knowledge of additive manufacturing and 3D printing does not come in any way close to expert – perhaps this is why I hadn’t previously heard of the TCT Show, which focuses on these niches exclusively. Indeed, after seeing the high level of footfall pouring through the entrance doors on the second day of the event, I was even more surprised that it had failed to appear on my radar over the years. In fact, projections estimate that the show will receive in excess of 10,000 visitors over the course of its three-day span, from over fifty different countries.

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    Qimtek Contract Manufacturing Index - Quarter 3, 2017

    Karl Wigart - Owner Friday, October 6, 2017

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    Tips on How to Market your Business Locally

    Steve Cooper Thursday, September 28, 2017

    There are a number of things you can do to improve the chances of being found online by those looking for products or services in your geographical area. Here are a few ideas…

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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

    Sarah Venning 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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    Here in the UK, we have the second largest national aerospace industry in the world, which is great news for companies that are wondering how to get into aerospace engineering.

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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.