Category Archives: Manufacturing

New Sales Team appointment

We are pleased to appoint Nigel Bowes as Sales Manager working alongside James Francis supporting customers with quotations and technical support. Nigel has had a long career in Engineering Sales and Procurement roles with spells at Cobham, Smiths and Airbus amongst others. Nigel will be focussed on new business opportunities both with new customers and developing existing customers.

New CNC Lathe Investment

We are once more investing in enhanced Capability and Capacity. A DMG MORI SEIKI type NLX 2500SY.700 CNC Lathe has been purchased and will be commissioned during January. This state of the art additional machine will help reduce lead times for CNC turning requirements and will allow us to continue to offer fast, efficient, cost competitive machining solutions for both small and medium batch sizes. Talk to Nigel or James for more information and a competitive quote.

A busy few months…

During the past Six months we have had some exciting events happening at Amdale, which we would like to share with you.

The whole team have been working extremely hard to prepare the company for the provisional Stage 1 AS9100 assessment which has involved an extensive overhaul of our existing quality procedure.  This audit was carried out on the 24 November 2014 and the feedback from the Assessor was very positive and has recommended us, without reservation to apply for Stage 2 in February 2015.  A positive start!

In keeping with Amdales policy in investing in youth we would like to welcome our new apprentice to the Amdale family.  Jack has joined us from the well respected PETA training scheme which in-conjunction with Amdale has successfully helped ten apprentices gain full qualifications and long term positions in various roles, within the company.  We have high hopes for this young man.

The past two months has seen Amdale produce some interesting new parts for an Anglo/French company, from the oil and gas sector that pushed some of our machining centre capabilities to the limits…and nearly beyond!  The rotor blade machined entirely from Titanium (which is a challenging material to machine at the best of times) has generated a lot of interest from both existing staff members and new visitors to the company.

We have given a fresh new look to our reception area it has a sleek and modern colour scheme, which we think, represents Amdale perfectly.  It also has some existing machined parts on display so if you’re passing feel free to come and check it out.

Lastly and this one we are most excited about!  We have a new arrival coming in the first quarter of 2015…………BUT that’s all you are getting on this for now.  For more updates on this and more follow us on Twitter @AmdaleLimited or check our blog.

How are we tackling the skills gap in Engineering?

Precision engineering forms the backbone of manufacturing activity; it forms an integral part of electrical, electronic and mechanical engineering. From semiconductor chips, to the most advanced medical devices and the most sophisticated drill parts used in oil exploration, precision engineered products play a vital role in the development of the overall economy.

So what will happen in 10 years time when all of the highly skilled engineers we have, retire? The British industry will need 100,000 new graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects every year until 2020 just to maintain current employment numbers.

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MAS Barometer reveals ‘Quality, Cost and Delivery’ is bringing production back home

More than a quarter of respondents (26%) to the Manufacturing Advisory Service’s latest Barometer stated that concerns over the cost of offshore production was the principal reason for reshoring, followed by improving quality (20%) and reducing lead times (18%).

Reducing costs is the main driver for small to medium sized manufacturers looking to bring production back to the UK.

However, the cost of domestic labour continues to remain the biggest barrier for producing within the UK according to manufacturing SMEs, with nearly one in ten also concerned about the availability of the right skills.

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