New members out to make a big impression at Made in the Midlands Exhibition

Uncategorized This year’s Made in the Midlands exhibition is just days away and is set to be a fantastic showcase for the Midlands manufacturing industry.

And it will be a truly Midlands affair, with a strong contingent of firms from the East Midlands taking part.

Nottingham-based Hallam Plastics is a new member preparing to make its MIM exhibition at the Ricoh Arena on June 21.

The company is a specialist in automotive injection moulding and engineered structural foam services.

Increasingly, OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers are having to find new and innovative solutions to meet the ever-changing demands of the sector. As specialists in automotive injection moulding, Hallam has been able to develop new processes, using specialist polymers to meet specific needs.

The company produces a wide range of parts and components for the automotive sector using both conventional injection moulding and Engineered Structural Foam (ESF). These include items such as arm rest assemblies, cab interiors, exterior components, engine covers, interior door panels, sunroof shades, dashboard insert mouldings, vent assemblies, mud guards, and much more.

ESF is increasingly being used within the automotive sector because of the advantages it offers in terms of its strength to weight ratio. The special foam has a strength-to-weight ratio seven times greater than that of steel and 13 times the rigidity of zinc. Therefore, this manufacturing method is often chosen as the perfect, high performance solution for automotive companies where increased strength and reduced weight are key product drivers.

The company is exhibiting on Stand 114.

Another new member out to make a big impression is Knoxford Fabrications.

The Castle Donington company has recently invested £3m in itself - including £500,000 to upgrade its capabilities with the addition of a Trumpf 3030 fibre laser. The company is thought to be unique in the East Midlands in having this capability.

Eric Swithenbank, general manager, said: “We are extremely optimistic despite Brexit which is why we have committed to the investment.

“The new fibre laser will significantly improve our capabilities because of the speed it cuts at, while it will also offers the opportunity to move into new sectors. It is able to cut almost any design and material to an extremely high tolerance and finish.”

But the new machine is only one aspect of the company’s growth. Knoxford, which employs 34 people, made the decision back in December to purchase its existing premises so it has greater control over its own future.

The growth of the company is mirrored by its rise in aspiration and it has identified several OEMs as its ideal customer.

It says that practically any design or product is possible with the design and sales team working closely with customers from both the Derby and Nottingham areas as well as the wider Midlands region. This helps to ensure quality is maintained and delivered within agreed timescales and budgets.

Full services and processes include dedicated welding facilities offering Tig, Mig, MMA, Spot and stud welding using stainless steel, aluminium and mild steel materials.

The investment has also included a 2012 Vixen Phoswash machine, which delivers enhanced adhesion and life expectancy to its pre-treatment requirements.

The company will be welcoming enquiries at Stand 225.

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