Milestone approaching for Cannock laser cutter


The following article is to be published by the Express and Star

It seems hardly credible but at the end of this year Laser Process will have been providing laser cutting services to UK manufacturers for twenty-five years.

1990 was the year when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, the US and UK invaded Iraq, Nelson Mandela was released from prison and the UK was battling with Poll tax rioters. Quite an eventful year – all this and Laser Process too.

Ever since day one we have been a leading company in the industry and have grown to be one of the biggest. In 1995 we were a founding member of the Association of Industrial Laser Users (AILU) and in 1999 we became accredited to BS 9001 for quality management.

We have always taken our customer relationships seriously, to the extent where we class our customers as our friends and our commitment is to ensure that we do all we can to help them flourish. We have many customers who have been with us since we began.

Technology has progressed substantially over the years and Laser Process has always invested in the latest machinery to ensure that we are able to offer the best possible service to our customers. Compared to the machines available when we started, those of today are bigger, more powerful and faster and the cut quality is better.

Over the years we have added processes to compliment laser cutting. Many years ago we introduced pressbrakes in order that we could supply our customers with plates that were bent after cutting, saving them from having to find a second supplier to complete their requirements. Since that time we have introduced a vertical machining centre to offer drilling and milling operations. We now also offer welding and assembly services.

We are often asked what our main customer type is – and this is a very difficult question to answer. We can, and do, supply anyone who has a requirement for steel or aluminium profiles in whatever industry they are related to. One of our biggest contracts was to supply over two hundred and fifty steel statues to a national charity – not a source of work that would readily spring to mind.

As for the future we will continue to offer an industry leading service to our customers. We will continue to purchase the best and most technically advanced machinery and we will continue to place ourselves in a position to take advantage of any opportunities that may occur. We seem to be in a situation where there is a significant improvement in manufacturing since the crash of 2008. and there is a promise of substantial investment in infrastructure, particularly in rail and we are there to take advantage of it.

If you have laser cutting requirements please contact our sales team where a dedicated team member will be waiting to look after you.

Macmillan Coffe Morning


A follow up from yesterday.

Laser Process staff raised a fantastic £113 from our Macmillan Coffee morning

Macmillan Coffee Morning


Laser Process staff have begged, bought or baked a magnificent range of cakes in aid of a coffee morning on behalf of Macmillan Nurses.

The cakes include custard tarts, cupcakes, muffins, cheesecake and chocolate eclairs and even mini yorkshire puddings with jam.

Another great team effort - thanks to all involved.

Lighting in the Tower of London


Laser Process often gets called upon to produce components for high prestige projects. One such project recently completed was for the supply of components for new light fittings at the Tower of London. The contract was completed by one of the worlds leading lighting manufacturers, a company who have been involved in producing light fittings for palaces, government buildings and other high profile buildings.

New Sales Manager


Clare Melia, formerly sales manager with ASD Metal Services, joins Laser Process today as Sales Manager. Clare has over twenty years of experience in steel sales and will be applying this experience to reinvigorate the Company’s sales function. 

Exhibition News


Laser process is about to take part in it's fourth exhibiltion of the year. February saw us at Southern Manufacturing in Farnborough. This was a very well attended exhibition and we are still in discussion with potential customers we met there. A talking point of the exhibition was the fact that it was closed early on the first day because of concerns caused by the extreme weather conditions being experienced.

In May we were at Mach14 at the NEC. This was also a well attended exhibition but the jury is still out on the benefits to ourselves.

Also in May we attended the Made In The Midlands Expo in Wolverhampton. This was a one day 'table top' exhibition highlighting the best that Midlands manufacturing has to offer. It was well supported and generally accepted to have been a success.

Tomorrow we will be back at the NEC for Subcon. This annual exhibition has become the largest one in the Midlands with attendance figures increasing year on year. We are looking forward to a successful show and hope to meet many new customers there.

Stainless Steel Grades Explained


A nice graphical explanation, from Aalco, of the various stainless steel grades. 

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ISO Accreditations


We have, this week, succesfully negotiated our reassessments for ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001. This has given us accreditation to 2017 which will mean 18 years since we achieved our first Quality approval. Well done to all Laser Process staff and to Bob Hawkins, our consultant since 1998.

WW11 Memorial in Stoke-on-Trent


A sculpture to commemorate the role played by miners in Stoke-on-Trent to rebuild a village destroyed during World War II has been unveiled.

Lidice, in what was Czechoslovakia, was demolished by German forces in September 1942.

Local miners raised the equivalent of £1m to help rebuild the fellow coal mining community following the war.

Between 150 and 200 people atended a ceremony where the six-metre-high (19ft) sculpture, was unveiled.

Nearly 180 men were executed in Lidice and many women and children were later murdered in concentration camps.

Councillor Adrian Knapper said: "The connection between Stoke-on-Trent and Lidice is a very proud and emotional one and this sculpture will help to make sure it lives on for many years to come."

The £100,000, project, named Unearthed, has been funded by the city council.

'Good over evil'

Artist Nicola Winstanley said the sculpture was designed to tell the miners' "amazing story of generosity".

"It's a testament of what people can do and how good can overcome evil," she said.

"The shape of the structure looks like it's coming out of the ground which shows its geological mining connections."

Ms Winstanley added the "discs" on the side of the sculpture represented the tags miners wore to identify themselves.

Each tag features the initials of 3,000 members of the public who have promised to share the story of Lidice with two other people, following a promotional campaign about the project.

The memorial was manufactured by our customer Patera Engineering, of Stoke-on-Trent. Laser Process were responsible for the production of approximately 3000 laser cut and engraved stainless steel discs.


New Apprentices


We appointed two new apprentices yesterday, that makes it three in the last month. We have two who will be trained in three of our main departments - sales, production and CAD and one who will become a multi-disciplined CNC operator.

A big welcome to Dan, Matt and Dean to Laser Process - here's to a great future.