Linear Plastics Trefforest

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Manufacturing Wales – the independent voice of Manufacturing in Wales – has continued to accelerate its growth with the addition of another new member. We spoke with Andrew Harrison of Linear Plastics, about joining this consortium of Welsh Manufacturing excellence, what his business hopes to bring to the table, and the company’s ambitions to raise the…

Mental health

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As a result of the recent pandemic, mental wellbeing has been a prevalent topic within our society over the past year, and businesses have been taking note of the importance of supporting employee mental wellbeing, taking steps to improve the support and resources available to them. According to CBI’s ‘Seize The Moment’ campaign: “A healthier…

Oliver Conger Rototherm

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Most working processes will produce some form of waste – which in a green economy, is an issue that needs to be heavily tackled across the manufacturing sector. British Rototherm, who have long been based in Port Talbot, share how they have changed their culture with lean and their relentless approach to eliminating waste from…

Laser Focus

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Manufacturing Wales – the independent voice of Manufacturing in Wales – has continued to accelerate its growth with the addition of a further two new members. We spoke with Vince Michella, CEO of Vicose Closures, and Colin Shorney, CEO of Dudleys Aluminium, about joining our consortium of Welsh Manufacturing excellence, what they hope to bring…

Audio interview Partnerships that Innovate Industries

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The partnership struck between Swansea University and the Philtronics Group has created some of the most cutting-edge technologies in the Welsh sport sector, demonstrating the promising opportunities that Academia and Manufacturing can create together to innovate in other sectors. The Philtronics Group, made up of its primary company Philtronics Ltd. and its sister company Philtronics…

Strength in Diversity for Manufacturing in Wales

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Manufacturing in Wales is a highly diverse and complex community, with a wide variety of niches and specialisms serving an amazing array of markets and geographies – delivered through supply chains and collaborations that stretch from state-of-the art foundries to world-class academic centres of excellence. Ultimately though, for all the pioneering processes and inspiring innovations…

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For the past four decades, Paul Byard has been at the very heart of manufacturing in Wales. Starting his working life as an apprentice toolmaker on the factory floor, Paul’s career has seen him help shape and lead Welsh industrial strategy throughout booms, recessions, financial meltdowns and global pandemics, as National Director Wales for EEF,…

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The Manufacturing Wales Virtual Event on 21st April brought together member organisations from across the Welsh manufacturing landscape, to hear ‘what’s happening?’, discuss ‘what’s new?’ and shape ‘what’s next?’ in one of Wales’ most valuable economic sectors. Sponsored by founder member The Safety Letterbox Company and hosting two keynote presentations from Barclays Bank and Fovotec,…

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Manufacturing Wales continues to grow from strength-to-strength, with an ever-expanding membership that now includes GTS Flexible Materials of Ebbw Vale and Philtronics Ltd of Hirwaun – two Valleys-based businesses that have built significant centres of excellence, evolving their own operations to become R&D innovators as well as world-class manufacturing facilities. We spoke with Chris Burgess…

Alan Brayley AB Glass

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Building an award-winning manufacturing business chasing a turnover of £10 million, employing over 40 people and engaging a 20-strong subcontractor team of installers, is no mean feat. But that’s just the tip of the Alan Brayley iceberg, as we found out when we spoke with him about a working life that started out as a…

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The very first Manufacturing Wales Members Meeting was held in late March – and last week we featured the views and aspirations of the members present, which included the principals from AB Glass, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Ministry of Furniture, Modplan, Shufflebottom Ltd, Stately Albion and University of South Wales, together with founding members Giancarlo Bianchi…

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The very first Manufacturing Wales Members Meeting was held last week, bringing together the principals from AB Glass, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Ministry of Furniture, Modplan, Shufflebottom Ltd, Stately Albion and University of South Wales, together with founding members Oliver Conger of Rototherm, Andrew Evans of SPTS Technologies (a KLA company) and Alison Orrells of The…

Aston Martin

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Manufacturing Wales, the independent voice of manufacturing in Wales, has pledged its support to help provide valuable high-skill opportunities for those employees being made redundant from the Aston Martin production plant in St. Athan. News emerged last week that the luxury car manufacturer is making redundant 95 full-time permanent employees, as well as laying off…

The Safety Letterbox Company

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Based in Neath, South Wales, The Safety Letterbox Company (SLB) has designed and manufactured over 180 different models of mailboxes. Founded in 1986, the family-owned business has built a strong reputation among its loyal customers and has established itself as a market leader and trusted voice in mailbox manufacture and design. Safety has always been…

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When Manufacturing Wales was established last year as the independent voice of manufacturing in Wales, Andrew Evans, Senior Compliance & Commercial Director of SPTS Technologies, a KLA company, was delighted to become a board member. A passionate advocate for collaboration across the diverse manufacturing landscape here in Wales, Andrew shares his thoughts on why he…

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Here at Ministry of Furniture, we’re very happy to announce a return to our roots, by making a significant investment in skills and technology that will allow us to again produce and install fitted furniture for clients in the education sector. Fitted furniture was a specialty of our predecessor, the old Remploy Furniture, formed by…

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The latest meeting of minds between Manufacturing Wales and Academia brings the immediate opportunity for manufacturing businesses in Wales to access world-class talent, research, facilities and collaborative innovation – as well as the potential for additional partnership and engagement funding – in a development applauded by Robert Lloyd Griffiths OBE, Director of IoD Wales as…

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Some honest views and experiences from founder members of this unique network … Last week, we asked members of Manufacturing Wales to share their thoughts on what 2021 held for the many different types of business that make up a highly diverse sector. As the independent voice of manufacturing in Wales, created by the industry for…

Rototherm-2

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Bollé Safety, the world’s leading PPE safety eyewear specialist, has announced the launch of a new strategic partnership with RotoMedical, the medical and protective equipment division of the Rototherm Group. The deal will see the South Wales headquartered company become Bollé Safety’s exclusive UK manufacturer of PPE eyewear for the healthcare industry. Over 250 long…

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Here at the Safety Letterbox Company, we have been working hard to produce a mailbox which complies with the Door and Hardware Federation (DHF) TS009:2012 specification. After months of careful design and detail, our talented R&D team certainly delivered, and we are so proud to introduce the ‘SLB 2020 V Letterbox’, our first Secured by…