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NAMTEC has assisted hundreds of companies across the UK and overseas with training and consultancy. Please find below just a small selection of who we have helped.

  1. Hydraulic systems specialist gears up to meet the competitive pressures
  2. Lean scheme helps packaging expert improve efficiency and customer satisfaction
  3. Better heating and planning helps to raise paint shop production at top construction firm
  4. ERDF funding opens way for green printing technology breakthrough
  5. Support scheme aids powder metallurgy technology firm’s rapid growth
  6. Jenx to apply knowledge gained through support in to revolutionary new products
  7. Cutting edge performance follows Company Support project
  8. Advanced manufacturer boosts business with quality and improvement initiative
  9. Atomising Systems sees an increase in productivity via process improvements
  10. Blackhall Engineering successfully assisted with business transformation strategy
  11. Hot wired for future growth after production rethink
  12. IFA complete second successful Direct Company Support project
  13. Competitive position of Disposables UK further enhanced by second Direct Company Support project
  14. Introduction of a flexible Lean Warehouse facility that moves with the demands of the customer
  15. Direct Company Support Scheme enhances Bifrangi’s competitiveness
  16. XeraCarb turns to NAMTEC to help fund development of a new cermic material
  17. Disposables UK - Factory reconfiguration increases Disposable UK’s competitive position
  18. Tinsley Bridge - Engineering Firm seeks Advice on Opportunities in New Sectors
  19. Independent Forgings and Alloys - Forging Firm achieves Process Enhancements
  20. Power Design and Manufacturing Company seeks Advice on New Markets
  21. Borg Warner - Optimisation of fork lift truck movements in a warehouse environment
  22. Tinsley Bridge Group - Market Opportunities for Extralite™ Products in the Wind Energy Sector
  23. Tinsley Bridge Group - Manufacturing Process Selection for Anti-Roll Bars
  24. Roy Hatfield Ltd - Market Opportunities for Reprocessing of Wastes Containing Metal Particulates
  25. JRI Ltd - Modelling and Simulation of Hip Replacements
  26. ITM Power - Market Opportunities for Hydrogen for Sintering Furnaces
  27. ITM Power - Supplier Review
  28. Innovation Marine Renewables - Opportunities for Advanced Engineering and Materials Companies in Marine Renewables
  29. ITM Power - Selection of Surface Engineering for Hydrogen Electrolysers
  30. ITM Power - Manufacturing Supply Chain Development for Hydrogen Storage Systems

Hydraulic systems specialist gears up to meet the competitive pressures

Hydraulic System Products (HSP) makes a range of hydraulic test equipment, valves and niche components for fluid power systems.

The Wakefield-based company supplies original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and the aftermarket and includes blue chip companies making civil engineering and construction equipment among its customers.

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Lean scheme helps packaging expert improve efficiency and customer satisfaction

A leading UK packaging specialist has achieved new growth, greater efficiency and increased customer satisfaction after introducing Lean techniques.

Mailway, based in Bradford, provides a range of packaging and delivery services for blue chip customers operating in markets that include healthcare, confectionary, wines and spirits, food and drink, cosmetics and beauty care.

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Better heating and planning helps to raise paint shop production at top construction firm

Billington Structures tackles projects across the UK, ranging from simple frame building to the most complex structures in excess of 6,000 tonnes and has the capability to process 25,000 tonnes of steel a year.

A leading UK structural steelwork contractor, Billington Structures could increase throughput in its paint shop by 20 per cent after changing how it heats its factory and improving planning and forecasting systems.

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ERDF funding opens way for green printing technology breakthrough

An award-winning exporter of technologically advanced materials for the printing industry is targeting new growth opportunities.

Diamond Dispersions makes concentrated pigments and dyes for hitech ink jet printers that print on everything from paper to textiles and ceramics.

The company sought support from the National Metals Technology Centre’s European Regional Development Fund financed Direct Company Support Scheme after identifying inks that are cured by ultra-violet light as the next breakthrough in ink technology.

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Support scheme aids powder metallurgy technology firm’s rapid growth

Major growth at powder metallurgy technology specialist Atomising Systems has been bolstered by increased productivity and reduced downtime, thanks to advice from consultants E9.

Atomising Systems (ASL) sought assistance from the National Metals Technology Centre (NAMTEC), after quadrupling the size of its factory and significantly increasing its capacity to make metal powders and granules for a range of industries.

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Jenx to apply knowledge gained through support in to revolutionary new products

Jenx Limited has been researching, designing and making pioneering developmental furniture that supports disabled children as they grow since 1984.

Jenx required further research into suitable materials and components which would enable them to design and build cost effective, enhanced functionality, frames suitable for the standing, seating and mobility of children and young adults with disabilities.

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Cutting edge performance follows Company Support project

International oil and gas drilling industry supplier Cutting & Wear has made significant improvements to its engineering and delivery performance, with help from consultants Director Resources.

Cutting & Wear employs 75 people, making products ranging from hardfacing consumables to complete tool assemblies for directional drilling, used to explore for oil and gas.

As part of a move to a purpose-built facility in Ecclesfield, South Yorkshire, the company decided to seek ways to boost performance and make the most of new opportunities in its markets.
 

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Advanced manufacturer boosts business with quality and improvement initiative

An advanced manufacturer, making complex components from challenging materials, is going for growth after meeting a tough, new quality challenge, cutting defects and boosting delivery performance.

Advanced Manufacturing (AML) specialises in using advanced machining techniques to make complex parts for research and development projects, prototypes and low volume products.

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Atomising Systems sees an increase in productivity via process improvements

Atomising Systems Ltd (ASL) specialises in the technology of powder or granule production by the atomisation of moulten metal and metal alloys.

ASL operates gas, water, and ultrasonic atomisers producing powders for a variety of industries. The company also design, build and install atomisation plant for customers around the world.

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Blackhall Engineering successfully assisted with business transformation strategy

Blackhall Engineering, a Brighouse based manufacturer, produces a range of fluid control valves. Whist the business is classified as a ‘valve manufacturer’ it is more correctly regarded in the marketplace as a ’solution provider to the process, utilities and energy industries’.

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Hot wired for future growth after production rethink

Wire manufacturer Wintwire is targeting growth, following a detailed rethink of production systems and controls that has enabled it to compete with lower cost rivals.

The company, from Oxspring Wire Mills, near Barnsley, makes speciality wire products in a range of shapes, including complex profiles made to customers’ specific requirements.

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IFA complete second successful Direct Company Support project

Following a successful project under the ERDF supported National Metals Technology Centre (NAMTEC) Direct Company Support (DCS) programme to improve tooling reliability, strength and life, IFA approached NAMTEC with a second project in support of its growth and business development strategy in a range of safety critical market sectors such as oil & gas and nuclear. As a long standing supplier to these demanding sectors, IFA looked to enhance its standing through attainment of the leading qualification OHSAS18001, which is the international benchmark for suppliers to these industries.

 

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Competitive position of Disposables UK further enhanced by second Direct Company Support project

With annual sales of £16 million and over 90 employees, Disposables UK Ltd, based near Huddersfield, is a leading producer of paper based products, servicing the UK market and with an
increasing successful export business.

The company has recently centralised all services within a dedicated manufacturing facility at Meltham, investing heavily in latest generation machinery and systems. A previous project, supported by the National Metals Technology centre (NAMTEC) Direct Company Support (DCS) scheme provided expertise to allow optimisation of the factory layout and operations and to maximise productivity and manufacturing agility.

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Introduction of a flexible Lean Warehouse facility that moves with the demands of the customer

Mailway, based in Bradford, are a leading packaging company using a range of advanced and highly automated solutions across a wide variety of packaging challenges. 

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Direct Company Support Scheme enhances Bifrangi’s competitiveness

Bifrangi UK are an advanced manufacturing company providing a range of high end products into the automotive and power generation sectors.  Its client base includes both Prime and Tier 1 suppliers and includes such leading organisations as Perkins, Daimler, Cummins, Iveco, New Holland and Guascor.

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XeraCarb turns to NAMTEC to help fund development of a new cermic material

In early 2012, XeraCarb Ltd, a newly founded company in Barnsley, turned to NAMTEC to help to design and develop a ceramic material for armour applications. Seeing the potential in this company, NAMTEC funded a project through their ERDF Direct Company Support programme which was delivered by Sheffield Hallam University (SHU).

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Disposables UK - Factory reconfiguration increases Disposable UK’s competitive position

Disposables UK Ltd is a rapidly growing manufacturer and distributer of paper based products, based near Huddersfield. With annual sales of £16 million and over 90 employees, the company services the UK but is also developing export opportunities.

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Tinsley Bridge - Engineering Firm seeks Advice on Opportunities in New Sectors

The Tinsley Bridge Group (TBG) is made up of four award-winning engineering businesses: Tinsley Bridge Suspensions, Tyzack Machine Knives, Tinsley Bridge Services and SCG Solutions.

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Independent Forgings and Alloys - Forging Firm achieves Process Enhancements

Independent Forgings and Alloys forge high nickel-based alloys, predominantly for use by the aerospace, oil and gas, and power generation industries, including rings, shafts, forgings and bars.

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Power Design and Manufacturing Company seeks Advice on New Markets

ITM approached NAMTEC to improve their awareness of supply chain requirements / opportunities, looking to diversify their business through new markets.

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Borg Warner - Optimisation of fork lift truck movements in a warehouse environment

BorgWarner is a global technology leader in powertrain solutions focussed on developing leading technologies that improve fuel economy, emissions and performance. BorgWarner Turbo Systems, a division of
BorgWarner, supplies turbocharger solutions for passenger car, commercial vehicle, off highway, industrial, agricultural and marine engine applications.

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Tinsley Bridge Group - Market Opportunities for Extralite™ Products in the Wind Energy Sector

NAMTEC undertook an analysis which provided Tinsley Bridge with the information that they needed to evaluate market entry opportunities for Extralite™ in the wind industry.

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Tinsley Bridge Group - Manufacturing Process Selection for Anti-Roll Bars

Tinsley Bridge commissioned NAMTEC to undertake an evaluation of different manufacturing routes for anti-roll bars.

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Roy Hatfield Ltd - Market Opportunities for Reprocessing of Wastes Containing Metal Particulates

NAMTEC investigated market access opportunities for Rotherham-based company Roy Hatfield Ltd to reprocess waste containing fine metal particulates.

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JRI Ltd - Modelling and Simulation of Hip Replacements

NAMTEC undertook a project which assisted Sheffield-based company Joint Replacement Instrumentation Limited (JRI Ltd) to develop a detailed understanding of the loads and movement of a prosthetic hip joint.

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ITM Power - Market Opportunities for Hydrogen for Sintering Furnaces

When ITM Power were approached by a German technology company to use one of their hydrogen generators for the supply of gas into a sintering furnace, they turned to metals industry experts at NAMTEC to provide a further insight into this exciting market opportunity.

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ITM Power - Supplier Review

Sheffield-based company ITM Power is committed to clean and sustainable energy solutions utilising water electrolysis to generate hydrogen. The company’s principal aim is to engineer zero-carbon hydrogen energy systems for provision of energy security and independence from fossil fuels.

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Innovation Marine Renewables - Opportunities for Advanced Engineering and Materials Companies in Marine Renewables

Seven regional SME’s gained early insight into this emerging sector, with the aim of identifying the strongest opportunities for manufacturing and providing the knowledge to help establish their presence in the supply chain.

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ITM Power - Selection of Surface Engineering for Hydrogen Electrolysers

Sheffield-based company ITM Power is committed to clean and sustainable energy solutions utilising water electrolysis to generate hydrogen. The company’s principal aim is to engineer zero-carbon hydrogen energy systems for provision of energy security and independence from fossil fuels.

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ITM Power - Manufacturing Supply Chain Development for Hydrogen Storage Systems

To gain a better understanding of the UK’s ability to design, manufacture and supply high pressure composite storage cylinders, ITM Power called upon the support of NAMTEC to investigate technologies for low carbon vehicles.

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