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KMF MD awarded MBE

19 Jun 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Gareth Higgins, managing director of precision sheet metal fabrication specialist KMF, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Mr Higgins, who has helped steer KMF through 25 years of growth, is honoured for services to apprenticeships. He said: “It is an incredible honour to be nominated for an MBE but to be recognised for KMF's commitment to skills and engineering makes this particularly rewarding.”

North Staffordshire-based KMF has heavily invested in apprenticeships, training and supporting young people into engineering careers.

Environmentally responsible engineering

19 Jun 2017 by Engineering Capacity

British Metal Treatments (BMT) is offering an environmentally responsible material reclaim service to help companies repair and reconfigure engineering components.

The highly skilled workforce at BMT can carry out the highest quality reclamation work on everything from mandrels and sleeves to actuator cylinders, valves and couplings.

Kenneth Gauld, managing director of parent company AJT Engineering, said: “Through reclamation, we can prevent the need for complete manufacture which in turn lessens the environmental impact.”

Optimas continues 24-year relationship with JLR

16 Jun 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Optimas Solutions has formalised a continuation of its contract with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) for fastener supply to JLR's Castle Bromwich and Solihull manufacturing facilities.

The announcement comes as JLR continues to invest in its UK manufacturing, having shown strong growth in the domestic and export markets over recent years.

Hague Fasteners wins multiple contracts

15 Jun 2017 by Engineering Capacity

A UK manufacturer of non-standard fasteners has celebrated moving into its new home by securing a string of new contracts.

Hague Fasteners, which has recently been awarded ISO9001:2015, has won £300,000 of work to supply specialist products to the oil and gas, petrochemical and growing construction sectors.

The 25% surge in orders comes after the business completed a move to a larger factory in Willenhall, West Midlands that enables it to triple its production capacity to 8,500 sq ft.

FC Laser boosts productivity

15 Jun 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Precision laser cutting specialist FC Laser has installed a new 10kW Bystronic fibre optic laser centre to help boost productivity and edge ahead of the competition.

The new machine is capable of cutting materials as thick as 30mm with incredible accuracy and because it's 40% more energy efficient than its predecessor, FC Laser will be able to boost its productivity while reducing its energy costs.