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Alucast targets £1m of new work

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The acquisition of new casting simulation software is set to unlock over £1 million of new opportunities for a leading Black Country manufacturer.

Garage scheme overcomes delays

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An award-winning West Bromwich family garage has finally completed a new £200,000 workshop after being caught in a planning dilemma for eight years.

Investment in new tool making workshop

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Auto Styling Truckman, the Brierley Hill-based 4x4 vehicle accessory manufacturer and distributor, has invested in a new and larger development and tool-making workshop ahead of the launch of a portfolio of new hardtops for pick-up trucks.

EA looking for language skills

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Stafford-based supplier of industrial automation parts, European Automation is planning to hire 10 new starters for its multilingual sales and customer experience teams over the next few months.

City contract win is Paradise for Lucion

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A Wolverhampton environmental specialist business has won a major contract to deliver asbestos management services for a project transforming Birmingham city centre.

MBO puts LA Metals on track for future

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The management team at a Smethwick aluminium extrusion stockholding firm has completed a buyout of the business from its founding partners and is now aiming for fresh growth and a secure future.

Alstom welding pair through to final

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Kane Foulkes and James Elliott, who are both apprentice welders at Alstom in Stafford, have won the right to compete for the SkillWeld National title of best apprentice welder.

£2.5m funding for A&T's growth plan

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A specialist manufacturing firm has moved into new premises, taking on more staff and investing in machinery, thanks to a £2.5 million finance package.

Brindley still investing for the future

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Long-established Black Country garage group Brindley has embarked on a new chapter after a £2 million investment in a new state-of-the-art operations centre.

Manufacturers must embrace change

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UK manufacturers must embrace the next ‘industrial revolution’ if the country is going to retain its place as a force in the global economy, West Midlands businesses have been told.

Workshop renovation set to create jobs

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A vehicle repair and servicing business in West Bromwich has renovated its workshop in a move that could create nearly 20 new jobs, thanks to a £2.4million funding package from Lloyds Bank.

Blakemore expands its distribution arm

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Blakemore Wholesale Distribution, part of the Willenhall-based AF Blakemore & Son group, aims to more than double in size as part of the group’s 2020 strategy.

Development gathers pace at Redhill

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Development at a Stafford business park is gathering pace as work has begun on a new base for a world-leading engineering company at the same time as plans for more commercial construction on site were unveiled.

Link-up is creating new skills academy

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A Walsall training company has linked up with a Shropshire manufacturer in a new academy aimed at launching the careers of engineering and manufacturing apprentices across the county.