The Qimtek Blog

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

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    The dawn of the internet has changed the way that sales is conducted in the past 10 years. However, in light of the new GDPR laws, I predict that we’ll start to see a regression back to face-to-face sales meetings.

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    Subcon 2018 Review

    Sarah Venning Thursday, June 14, 2018

    Subcon returned to the NEC in Birmingham this month for its forty-second year. Running from the 5th to the 7th June, it also marked Qimtek’s fifth year of exhibiting at the event.

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    Aluminium Within Architecture - What Are the Benefits?

    Expired User Thursday, May 17, 2018

    The benefits of using aluminium in architecture. A quick guide of how to use aluminium extrusion by UK subcontractor ABL Components.

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    How To Fly High at Subcon

    Dean Munkley - Sales & Marketing Manager Friday, May 4, 2018

    Subcon 2018 will take place from the 5th-7th June 2018 at the NEC in Birmingham. It attracts a steady footfall of high quality purchasers, who have an active need for the services of subcontract engineering suppliers.

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    The Qimtek network is designed to provide subcontract engineering suppliers with unrivalled access to active manufacturing buyers. That being said, your success with the membership will hinge upon the work that you’re prepared to put into it

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    Qimtek Contract Manufacturing Index - Quarter 1, 2018

    Karl Wigart - Owner Wednesday, April 4, 2018

    The CMI has been developed to reflect the total purchasing budget of companies that are looking to outsource manufacturing in any given quarter. Quarter 1, 2018 sees the index growing to it's highest level for 2 years

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    How to become an unsuccessful Qimtek member

    Sarah Venning Friday, March 23, 2018

    Despite best efforts to make our live lead service universal for all to use, Qimtek’s membership just isn’t for everyone – I call it the Marmite effect. Some love us, some hate us. Success, often being the deciding factor. But why is this?

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    Additive Manufacturing and the Medical Industry

    Sarah Venning Friday, March 9, 2018

    Last year, I attended the TCT Show at Birmingham NEC - an event dedicated to additive manufacturing services. When you consider the nature of the hospital environment, there are thousands of potential applications for 3D printing within the medical industry.

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    GDPR: Headache or Opportunity?

    Karl Wigart - Owner Friday, February 23, 2018

    Our journey to be GDPR compliant when serving the UK manufacturing industry.

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    Southern Manufacturing 2018 Review

    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.