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Rescheduled event will showcase 2020 skills base...
Meet the Toolmakers
October 20
Manufacturing Technology Centre
Ansty Business Park, Coventry, CV7 9JU
(By road, use the postcode CV7 9RD)
To Attend (Free):
ND Precision Products 15 Quickvend 17-18 Ad-Vance Engineering 19 Pentagon Plastics Group 19 Hasco 20-21 Wogaard 20-21 Toolcast 21 Filtermist Systems 22 Bruker Alicona 22 Faulkner Moulds 23 Rapitypes 23 ADM Precision Tooling 24
Ready to Serve A-Z 15-16
Photo strip: courtesy GTMA toolmakers (left to right): ND Precision Products, Faulkner Moulds (also at top of page), Ad-Vance Engineering and Pentagon Plastics Group. All are booked for the event.
Right: From the show floor at the last Meet the Toolmakers event which attracted over 250 visitors, and, above, the seminar hall. Speakers are now being organised for the 2020 event.
GTMA, its toolmakers and other suppli- ers are ready to step up to help fill gaps in UK manufacturing supply chains.
As the coronavirus pandemic was taking hold early in the year the decision was taken to move the planned Meet The Toolmakers event from May to October 20.
The venue at the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry was rescheduled by the joint organisers – the GTMA and the British Plastics Federation (BPF).
Over 20 toolmakers have booked to exhibit at the exhibition, seminar and networking event but the toolmaking resource within GTMA goes much deeper.
“These are very difficult and uncertain times,” said GTMA CEO Julia Moore. “But we know they will pass and manufacturers need to be ready to meet the challenges.”
GTMA's toolmakers undoubtedly have the experience and the expertise and have worked in all the major sectors.
Among them is Faulkner Moulds, a three- times winner of the Toolmaker of the Year award at the Plastics Industry Awards. The company has over 35 years experience of high quality toolmaking and product and tool design.
It was among UK companies who respond- ed to the Government request for support in manufacturing ventilators to help with the coronavirus outbreak.
The company, which is exhibiting at Meet the Toolmaker, is well-placed to help with
medical tooling, and its 2019 award was won for its “exceptional” work in making the tool for an oral medical device.
GTMA's members supply press tools, moulds and dies, rapid prototyping servic- es as well as jigs & fixtures, workholding and world class machining and cutting equipment and components.
They embrace suppliers working with SMART technologies, involved in ground breaking research, and with a customer base of OEMs and Tier 1s and 2s across sectors including aerospace, automotive, energy, medical, rail, renewables, marine and packaging.
Many are at the leading edge of their areas and are committed to continuous invest- ment in both latest equipment and to employee development.
“GTMA's technology focus for 2020 and going forward is welcomed by our tool- making members,” says Julia. “The critical issue now is for the toolmaking sector to adapt to the demands of decreasing prod- uct life cycles and increasing product inno- vation, technological development and
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