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    Qimtek Contract Manufacturing Index - 2018 Overview

    Karl Wigart - Owner Friday, January 18, 2019

    Read our in-depth report on the health of the subcontract manufacturing market over the course of 2018.

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    Qimtek Contract Manufacturing Index - Quarter 4, 2018

    Karl Wigart - Owner Thursday, January 10, 2019

    Following erratic changes to the industries with the highest levels of outsourcing, Quarter 4’s CMI has reported fluctuations across all three sub-indexes. But which areas were able to ride out the seasonal storm?

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    Your Guide to Engineering Exhibitions in 2019

    Sarah Venning Wednesday, January 2, 2019

    Within the UK engineering and manufacturing industries, we’re very lucky to have a range of fantastic exhibitions to choose from. If you’re looking to exhibit over the coming year, or if you would like to take the opportunity to meet potential new suppliers, then here are some dates for your 2019 diary.

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    Formula 24 - An Update

    Sarah Venning Wednesday, December 19, 2018

    Back in February 2017, you may recall that we wrote about Kew House School’s participation in Formula 24 - a programme which requires its members to design, build and race an electric powered car, whilst adhering to a stringent set of technical regulations. Almost two years later, we’re thrilled to report that Kew House School have completed their first race at Castle Combe race track.

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    Five Reasons to Use a National Supply Chain

    Sarah Venning Friday, December 14, 2018

    In recent years, UK engineering and manufacturing has seen something of a resurgence. It’s crucial to the future of our national industry that we support it and nurture it; furthermore, from a purchasing perspective, you may find that it actually makes a lot of business sense to fulfil subcontract engineering orders locally.

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    Is Qimtek Membership Right For You?

    Sarah Venning Friday, December 7, 2018

    If you’re considering joining the Qimtek membership to win new business and grow your customer base, then great! We can provide you with a steady stream of live engineering projects that match your in-house capabilities, complete with buyer contact details and technical drawings. However, our membership is not suited to everyone so before you take the plunge, it’s worth asking yourself the following questions.

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    What Is a Patent? How To Protect Your Invention

    Sarah Venning Friday, November 30, 2018

    During the conception and development stages of a new invention, many companies and inventors start to wonder how patents work and how long a patent is good for. So what is a patent? What can you patent? And what does a patent protect?

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    Understand the Maths of Selling

    Dean Munkley - Sales & Marketing Manager Friday, November 16, 2018

    It can be easy to become overwhelmed by your sales targets - an affliction which strikes everyone within the sales arena from time to time. Luckily, the maths of selling can be used to see the bigger picture and identify the smaller steps needed to achieve your sales goals.

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    The skills gap is one of the most prevalent pandemics threatening the survival of the UK manufacturing industry. With the UK now ranking as the ninth-largest manufacturing nation in the world, it’s essential that we encourage the younger generations to consider STEM-based careers. Tomorrow’s Engineers Week does just that, by changing young people’s perceptions of engineering and inspiring those who will inherit the industry.

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    Advanced Engineering 2018 Review

    Sarah Venning Friday, November 2, 2018

    As one of the most comprehensive events dedicated to the engineering and manufacturing sectors, Advanced Engineering has a lot to offer both exhibitors and visitors alike.