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CMA Moldform in Erdington 

8 Mar 16

Erdington’s CMA Moldform , established in 1990, provides design and casting facilities for industry, optical art moulding, centrifugal  and vacuum castings, and high capacity rotacasting.

Will Chancellor Osborne cripple the ‘makers’? 

18 Feb 16

Chancellor George Osborne closed his   2011 Budget speech   by setting out his aspiration for “a Britain carried aloft by the march of the makers”.

Birmingham-based ADI group 

3 Feb 16

Birmingham City Council leader John Clancy has said that the only chance of future success is to create wealth and jobs through capital spending – and his vision is for Birmingham to become a city of 1,000 small and medium sized businesses…

New Year Greeting from Koolmill’s director 

8 Jan 16

Exemplar: The Manufacturer  TOP100 – 2015 Ranked No.

Morefresh, a supply chain service* 

1 Jan 16

… Bringing the countryside to your doorstep! … Philip Meredith, director of Morefresh , a company the writer first featured on Birmingham’s late lamented Stirrer in 2009, addressed his customers in a September newsletter .

The Black Country Growth Deal: automotive, aerospace and construction sectors 

8 Dec 15

A link in the Brummie led to the Birmingham Press article: ‘ Made in the Black Country, sold around the world’ and an online search added more information.

WMP co-founder named Businesswoman of the Year 

7 Dec 15

  On Friday 27th of November at the Edgbaston Stadium audiences voiced their appreciation for Birmingham, as the city’s people came together to join finalists, sponsors, ambassadors and judges in a night of celebration and entertainment.

Redhill Manufacturing – a topical offer 

29 Oct 15

Redhill Manufacturing was established in 1977 in Redditch, near Birmingham, focussing on manufacturing sack trucks and platform trucks, with four employees, operating from a 1,600 square foot unit on South Moons Moat Industrial Estate.

M6 Motor Bodies 

29 Sep 15

Andy Savery set up his garage in 2000, with no plan beyond being his own boss and running that business until he retired.

PPS: re-investment to secure success for the future 

24 Aug 15

Following good news from Hydraforce , a press release about their latest investment has been forwarded by managing director, Kirsty Davies-Chinnock of Professional Polishing Services Ltd in Smethwick.

Hydraforce: new premises to open next month 

24 Aug 15

In February, the story of Aston’s HydraForce , which celebrated 25 years in Birmingham last year was told on this site.

Studentship available as BCU and Brandauer collaborate to develop low cost pressed metal sensors 

7 Jul 15


Start-up Birmingham 

12 Jun 15

Startup Britain has released new stats about how many companies were started in the UK in 2014.

Mechatronic Solutions: Kings Norton Business Centre, Birmingham 

4 Apr 15

Mechatronic Solutions, one of the UK’s leading providers of innovative automation solutions and systems integration services, has delivered over 400 projects during the last 25 years across a wide range of manufacturing sectors.

Reshoring in the West Midlands 

5 Mar 15

As Peter Davies, chairman of Professional Polishing said on a sister site in 2013, “ it is great to see that there is a new buzz word around – onshoring!” The reshoring trend, successes and possible pinch points, systematically explored and…


6 Feb 15

Aston hydraulic manufacturing company HydraForce , which celebrated 25 years in Birmingham last year , received £1.8 million from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund in July, following an analysis of the market which found potential…

Birmingham’s Brandauer – reshoring and multi-skilling 

23 Jan 15

It is good to be able to update our 2012 news from Brandauer , the presswork and stamping specialist, now located in Bridge Street West, Aston/Newtown, which is celebrating a major reshoring achievement, wresting an order from a US company…

Government payment strategies boosting the working capital of corporates but jeopardising the future of SMEs 

8 Jan 15

Andy Richardson , in the Northern Echo , reports on the findings of the government’s Public Accounts Committee, whose chair, Margaret Hodge, said: “Small and medium-sized enterprises have a vital role to play in the UK’s economy…

Top posts of 2014 

4 Jan 15

BI Composites of Cannock and Halesowen Linecross of Oakham Parry People Movers and building products based in Cradley Heath ‘Reshoring’: Coventry’s RDM Automotive and other Midland businesses .

The tip of the iceberg: “demanding money with menaces”- pay to stay on Premier Foods list of contractors 

22 Dec 14

Earlier this month, the business secretary Vince Cable asked the Competition and Markets Authority to investigate the kind of “pay to stay” arrangements being used by Premier Foods.

Award for co-founder of West Midland Producers website 

5 Dec 14

See The Brummie aggregator site (left) and ‘Our Birmingham’ for more news about Aston’s Kirsty Davies-Chinnock winning a ‘Working Woman’s Oscar’ .

Power Capacitors of Tyseley at Westminster 

24 Nov 14

Power Capacitors Limited has been a leading specialist in Power Factor Correction and associated equipment based in Birmingham since 1973.

Rising demand for conveyor modules 

30 Oct 14

Strong demand over the last twelve months from the warehouse, distribution and post and parcel sectors has led to 45% growth for Conveyor Units , who manufacture conveyor modules in Lye and a five acre site in Stourport-on-Severn.

Solihull-based Koolmill nominated for the British Business Awards 2014 in China 

6 Oct 14

Following last year’s news of the 2013 award for Koolmill , which gave a detailed description of this innovative technology, Alec Anderson, Managing Director of Koolmill Systems Limited, writes: “With 31 machines installed at 6 mills in China…

H.T. Brigham in Coleshill expands and still finds time to maintain a remarkable blog 

22 Aug 14

Two years ago news of H.

A focus on family business 

5 Aug 14

Joachim Schwass, Professor of Family Business at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) based in Switzerland and co-director of the Global Family Business Center, mainly focuses on owner related issues, in particular from…

Encraft organises Coventry meeting for WM manufacturers: Tuesday 22nd July 

18 Jul 14

  Leamington-based Encraft was established in 2003 by Matthew Rhodes and a small group of engineers and investors.

“A flaming June” for Professional Polishing in Smethwick 

21 Jun 14

Kirsty Davies-Chinnock, Managing Director of PPS, which continues to increase investment in plant, leading to greater capacity and flexibility , celebrates winning three major contracts in June: polishing intricate laser cut panels (above…

Made in the Midlands Expo: over 100 Midlands manufacturers 

19 May 14

The biggest Made in the Midlands Event of the year on 22nd May at Wolverhampton Racecourse will see over 100 Made in the Midlands exhibitors showcase their company offer.

Still Made in Britain 

11 May 14

Read more about Still Made in Britain on the page below the title : We hope that some companies who produce goods, such as Heritage Tableware, Hills Numberplates and Fracino coffee machines, will send in details and be featured on its website…

Hills Numberplates in Aston 

26 Apr 14

In 1927, the founder of Aston-based Hills Numberplates , Kenneth Garle, rented a garage for £60 a year, turned it into a workshop and was soon working at the bench alongside his staff of three, producing a new type of number plate in quantities…

Webster & Horsfall 

30 Mar 14

Most of the companies whose good news is reported on this site depend heavily on the custom of the auto industry.

Another success story: Serteg rebounds after recession 

23 Feb 14

Five years ago Coleshill’s presswork firm Sertec made 170 job cuts, reduced wages across the board by 16% and introduced short-time working and job-sharing to dig its way out of the recession.

Top search last week: BI Composites of Cannock and Halesowen & Linecross of Oakham 

14 Feb 14

Readers from nine countries – unusually including Cyprus, Argentina, Chile and Mexico – focussed on the news about BI Composites of Cannock Halesowen , a manufacturer of moulded components made from composite materials.

Update: Coventry’s RDM Automotive achieves industry benchmark 

5 Feb 14

Visitors to the site last week, recorded in the snapshot on the left, have prompted an update on the week’s ‘top search’ – Coventry’s RDM Group , which has worked for nine months to secure the global TS16949 International Quality Management…

Drop forging in Willenhall 2: W.H. Tildesley 

27 Jan 14


Drop forging in Willenhall –1: Victoria, Manor Works 

4 Jan 14

In December, a management buyout of Victoria Drop Forgings , based in Willenhall was reported .

Barkley Plastics is investing 

13 Dec 13


Manufacturing does matter – endnote Digby Jones 

8 Dec 13

Gradually the myth that manufacturing in a less valuable component of the economy is being dispelled.

Back to Business Basics: Part 3 

3 Dec 13

Peter Davies, Chairman of Professional Polishing = who inspired the setting up of this website – follows up his September ‘rant’ , published on another website, writing: Whilst looking at basics in business I made the point that …

‘Reshoring’: Coventry’s RDM Automotive and other Midland businesses 

28 Nov 13

In August, Peter Davies recalled Tony Blair’s reference to manufacturers as ‘dinosaurs’, noting ‘a new buzz word – onshoring!’ He reflected that bringing back production from overseas, particularly China, will be a slow process but…

Have the Royal Bank of Scotland and other banks played fair? 

25 Nov 13

Confirming the writer’s impression derived from reports of West Midlands manufacturers who have ‘gone into administration’, Business Secretary Vince Cable today passed a report by Lawrence Tomlinson (Business, Innovation and Skills) presenting…

MWA expands its metering range 

18 Nov 13

MWA Technology Birmingham-based meter solutions company, moved from its Aston base in 2009 into larger premises on Wharton St Industrial Estate near Spaghetti Junction.

J8 Precision Engineering of Aston 

3 Nov 13

J8 Precision is one of the ‘wider partners’ in Tomorrow’s Engineers Week (4-8th November 2013) which aims to change perceptions of engineering among young people, their parents and teachers, challenging outdated negative perceptions about…

Parry People Movers and building products based in Cradley Heath 

23 Oct 13


Glassworks Hounsell launch“My Engineering” scheme 

11 Oct 13

Glassworks Hounsell and Chartered Accountants E R Grove Co of Halesowen have launched a “My Engineering” work placement scheme.

The ’Made in Britain’ mark: the FT cites Birmingham firm Fracino 

2 Oct 13

Mark Wembridge of the Financial Times has celebrated the strong order books and rise in manufacturing  which another FT reporter documented in a purchasing managers’ index for manufacturing , compiled by data firm Markit and the Chartered…

Late payment by large organisations threatens economic recovery; should each industry adopt the Dutch engineering model? 

28 Sep 13

Our records show major complaints about late payment dating from 2008.

Turning from assembly to manufacturing – Accord Housing 

18 Sep 13

On a sister site in August 2011 we recorded that social housing landlord Accord Group had bought a derelict Walsall factory on a five acre site.

Onshoring, SME growth and the moral of this story 

24 Aug 13

For the full article by Peter Davies , who inspired the setting up of the West Midlands Producers’ website , including a brief account of setting up his own company, go to this website.

Ecospin’s zero-emission, three-wheeled Raptor moped is taking off! 

17 Aug 13

In 2012 its future looked uncertain but now enquiries are coming in from police forces, airport security, delivery and leisure sectors in this country, with enquiries from firms in Dubai and Singapore.

Bringing back the Spirit (and practice) of ’45, when apprenticeship and training was the rule for all 

19 Jul 13

This site usually focusses on the achievements of current manufacturers or food producers, but today people laying the foundations for future production are in the news.

Maxmag: manufacturing in Tyseley, worldwide sales 

23 Jun 13

In April, family run business Andel Plastics, which had been investing in new machinery, was featured on this website, but we had no idea that it was the ‘parent’ of Maxmag Moulded Magnets Limited .

The Times of Africa takes an interest 

14 Jun 13

Individual ‘followers’ are recorded from time to time, but last week we were sent a message saying that The Times of Africa has just started following the site and that they will receive an email every time a post is published – quite a …

Lift Engineering: ‘British Made – British Owned’ 

14 Jun 13

The elegant logo of Lift Engineering of Cradley Heath introduces this privately owned family-led business employing local people at each operating base and with active apprentice and work experience schemes which have remained unaffected…

Nexus Point: EEF’s new ‘state-of-the-art’ engineering, manufacturing and technology training site in Witton 

5 Jun 13

Apprenticeships in the engineering manufacturing and technology sector The Manufacturer website reports that applications for apprenticeships in the engineering, manufacturing and technology sector increased by over 10% for the period – up…

Visitors to the site last week 

1 Jun 13

People from: United Kingdom – the overwhelming majority United States Sweden Spain Malaysia Belgium Canada France Greece Australia…

Awards for two West Midland SMEs: Professional Polishing Services and Koolmill 

26 May 13

Professional Polishing Services Ltd were crowned ‘Manufacturing Champions’ at the Express and Star Business Awards 2013.

Record sales for Brown and Holmes of Tamworth 

11 May 13

The Manufacturer recently reported that Tamworth workholding and machining firm Brown Holmes , which employs 52 people, achieved record levels of growth in 2012 with sales hitting £5m for the first time.

More news of Fracino 

11 May 13

Update on An Aston success story – Fracino,  first featured in http://westmidlandsproducers.