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 An exclusive event providing a conduit between some of the UK’s most proactive tool making specialists, and manufacturers searching for tooling solutions, is being held at the Manufacturing Technology Centre, Coventry, on November 15.
Jointly organised by the GTMA and the British Plastics Federation (BPF), in associa- tion with Lloyds Bank, the free-to-attend Meet the Toolmakers event programme includes two key speakers and a tour of the National Additive Manufacturing Centre.
Also there will be more than 20 of GTMA's toolmaking suppliers with information on their products, services and expertise. There will also be BPF members present. Three companies from the GTMA and three from BPF are sponsors (see right).
If you want to attend please make contact by email to Registrations on the day start at 8.30 am and there is free parking and buffet lunch at the MTC in Ansty Park, Coventry CV7 9JU. The event will fin- ish around 2.30 pm with the tour about half an hour earlier.
The speakers are:
Henry Sarel-Cooke, Business Development Manager, GKN Wheels & Structures.
Presentation Title: Composite Tooling in the Automotive industry.
Henry is Chair of the Automotive Composites Group which was established by the Automotive Council's Manufacturing Group and the Composites Leadership Forum (CLF).
Its aim is “to facilitate development of UK technology capability and supply chain
capacity to deliver high productivity manufac- turing of globally competitive, higher volume composite structures and components.”
Henry will discuss how the ACG has set tar- gets, mapped out the supply chain develop- ment required and is now seeking to fill gaps that could restrict future development.
It is working with Government and funding bodies to identify mechanisms to facilitate this.
Ken Young, Technical Director at the MTC. Presentation title: Additive Manufacturing - An Opportunity for the Manufacturing Industry?
Ken is Technology Director for the Manufacturing Technology Centre where oversees research in fields as diverse as additive manufacturing, electronics, informat- ics, simulation, friction welding, advanced fixturing and intelligent automation.
The MTC specialises in maturing manufac- turing processes from laboratory proof of concept through to being proven at low volume.
Ken is currently Co-chair of the Industrial Leadership Group for Additive Manufacturing. This group is responsible for the UK Additive Manufacturing Strategy and is currently working on a bid for £225 million to the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund so it can drive the development of the AM industry in the UK.
For free attendance email:
There are six companies sponsoring the Meet the Toolmakers event — three each from GTMA and the BPF.
From GTMA :
Rud Chains – one of the world's largest suppliers of round steel chains, lifting and lashing applications and tool-mover materi- als handling equipment.
Starrag UK – supplier of high performance high technology machine brands from 5 axis machines to cutting technology and tools.
Vero Software – a world leader in CAD CAM software for design and manufacturing processes, with solutions for tooling and engineering.
From BPF:
Intouch – production monitoring, reporting and planning systems. Improves efficiencies and reduces overheads and scrap for manu- facturers.
Siemens Financial Services – has deep manufacturing knowledge with innovation to provide manufacturers and equipment sup- pliers with financial solutions.
Isocool – process cooling experts with Carbon Trust accredited status, providing mould temperature control solutions, with innovative and robust technologies.
As well as the sponsors (see Six of the Best) the con- firmed GTMA Stand holders as we went to Press were:
ADM Alphateq
Dudley Associates Faulkner Moulds Fenton Precision Go Tools
Hockley Pattern
HT Tooling Solutions Lawday
Petford Tools Phoenix Engineering Plasticom
Menear Engineering
ND Precision Products Sharnold
Sprint Tool & Die Superite
WHS Plastics Ltd

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