Make 2021 the year of reshoring, urges Birmingham manufacturing chief

Make 2021 the year of reshoring, urges Birmingham manufacturing chief

The boss of a Birmingham-based stamping specialist is urging UK companies to make the most of a growing desire to reshore. Rowan Crozier, CEO of Brandauer (below), believes manufacturers have a once in a generation chance to reclaim some of the work that emigrated to low-cost countries during the early 1990s and throughout the 2000s. A lot of major OEMs have been stung by extended supply chains...

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West Midlands manufacturers urged to have their say on life after Brexit

West Midlands manufacturers urged to have their say on life after Brexit

Small to medium-sized manufacturers in the West Midlands are being encouraged to have their say on trading beyond Brexit as part of the latest Manufacturing Barometer. Organised by SWMAS (the South West Manufacturing Advisory Service) and the Manufacturing Growth Programme, the country’s largest survey of its kind is looking to find out how companies are coping with the early months of life...

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Antibacterial tech giant Polygiene seals £33m Addmaster deal

Antibacterial tech giant Polygiene seals £33m Addmaster deal

One of the UK’s leading suppliers of antibacterial additives is setting its sights on major international growth after it was bought by Polygiene in a deal worth £33 million, plus cash and stock. Addmaster, which supplies performance-enhancing additives for the plastic, paper, textiles, paints and coatings industry, will become an instrumental part of the Swedish-owned company and help the two...

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Alucast’s move to lightweighting wins mayoral approval

Alucast’s move to lightweighting wins mayoral approval

Alucast’s commitment to investing in new technology and its people was praised during a recent visit by the mayor of the West Midlands. Andy Street received a socially distanced tour of the aluminium casting specialist’s facility in Wednesbury to understand how the company is bouncing back from Covid-19 by targeting new opportunities in lightweighting - a major growth market with castings...

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New jobs on the way as Iconsys drives forward with £3m new home

New jobs on the way as Iconsys drives forward with £3m new home

The increased demand from manufacturers for improved productivity, reliability and safety is helping a Telford-based technology specialist press the button on a £3m investment. Iconsys, which is one of the UK’s leading independent system integrators providing industrial automation, enterprise integration and sustaining services, has purchased a 17,500 sq ft site on Stafford Park to cope with its...

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