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New owners and boss at shot blasters

06 Dec 2017 by Engineering Capacity

The new owners of Stourbridge-based Quality Blasting plan to boost turnover and expand its factory space under a new general manager.

Following its acquision by ActOn Ventures in Coventry, with help from chartered accountants Harrison Beale & Owen (HB&O), Andy Tarr now takes the helm.

Quality Blasting was formed in Birmingham during World War Two to blast shells for the defence industry, and has evolved to its current Stourbridge base where it has around 80 regional clients undertaking a variety of domestic and commercial finishing jobs.

Wire EDM gives Foremost traction

06 Dec 2017 by Engineering Capacity

A new wire erosion machine will help Derby-based Foremost Specialist Products take on ‘complex and awkward parts that no else wants to tackle’.

The new Sodick ALC600G CNC machine from Sodi-Tech EDM has already proved its worth on stainless steel tubular stem guides for power generator turbines. 

Sculpture team hits the high notes

06 Dec 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Conceived, engineered and fabricated in the UK, the Arches of Oman, a 12metre high water and steel sculpture, has been unveiled at the Royal Opera House in Muscat, Oman.

Opinion: Brexit success vital for ‘grand challenges’

01 Dec 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Adam McGiveron, head of Brexit and advanced manufacturing at Shakespeare Martineau says that the ‘grand challenges’ of the Government’s industrial strategy can’t happen without Brexit negotiation success.

 The new Industrial Strategy Policy is a hefty document. It weighs in at 255 pages and sets out specific priorities backed up by consultation and expert evidence. The Government’s Brexit white paper was a much thinner affair. It took up just 77 pages. It was short on detail and little clarification has emerged since publication.