The Qimtek Blog

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

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    GDPR: Headache or Opportunity?

    Karl Wigart - Owner Friday, February 23, 2018

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    Southern Manufacturing 2018

    Sarah Venning Friday, February 9, 2018

    Southern Manufacturing, hosted at the FIVE Exhibition Centre in Farnborough, is a manufacturing exhibition dedicated to subcontract engineering, with both the aerospace and automotive industries heavily represented.

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    Qimtek Contract Manufacturing Index - Quarter 4, 2017

    Karl Wigart - Owner Tuesday, January 16, 2018

    Qimtek CMI Index of Subcontract Manufacturers purchasing spend for quarter 4 2017

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    Why should you be certified to ISO 9001?

    Geoff Gandy Thursday, January 11, 2018

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    Your Guide to Engineering Exhibitions in 2018

    Sarah Venning Thursday, January 4, 2018

    If you’re looking to exhibit within the coming year, then here are a few dates to consider for your 2018 diary.

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    Calling New Companies with Confidence

    Dean Munkley - Sales & Marketing Manager Friday, December 8, 2017

    Calling New Companies with Confidence - Streamlining Your Engineering Company’s Sales Process: Part 3

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    A Day in the Life of a Qimtek Sourcing Advisor

    Sarah Venning Friday, November 24, 2017

    Qimtek’s sourcing team look after the manufacturing buyers who use our service to identify new subcontract engineering suppliers. Caroline Ogden has been with Qimtek for over 21 years and has a wealth of sourcing experience and knowledge. I asked her to describe a typical day on the sourcing team and to give some insight into her responsibilities:

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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.