Link-up approval gained
We are pleased to announce that we have completed our registration with Link-up.
Link-up is the official procurement portal for the rail industry and our registration will mean that potential customers can have confidence in Laser Process without, first, having to go through the usual vendor appraisal process.
With billions of pounds in funding announced for the rail industry over the next few years it puts us in a great place to take advantage of the opportunities that will arise
The Bridge to Everywhere
The infamous Bridge to Nowhere in Glasgow has today, 8th July, finally become the Bridge to Everywhere. Left straddling the M8 since the 1970s, the bridge has now been completed as part of a UK wide programme to make it easier for millions of people to walk and cycle every day.
The bridge was left quite literally hanging in midair since the 1970s after the shopping centre that it was supposed to link to failed to materialise. Its completion now forms a vital link in Glasgow’s network of walking and cycling routes, linking Central Station to the Forth & Clyde Canal through Kelvingrove Park, to the River Clyde and to Pacific Quay via Bell’s Bridge. Importantly, it also provides a safe route for the community of Anderston to access the city centre.
John Lauder, National Director of Sustrans Scotland said:
“Sustrans Scotland is delighted that this bridge across the M8 has now been completed, thereby giving people travelling on foot and by bike a safe route across one of the busiest roads in the country. For a long time the Anderston area has been quite cut off from the city centre but thanks to the opening of the Bridge to Everywhere this is no longer the case.
Laser Process has been involved in this project by way of it's supply of three statues as part of the Portrait Bench that has been installed. The Portrait Bench includes life size statues of three famous Glasgow people James Watt, inventor, Tom Weir, author and broadcaster and Jimmy Reed, activist and politician.
Major Artworks Project Completed
Right in time for his band’s headline show at UK’s legendary Glastonbury festival, Rolling Stone Mick Jagger has been honoured by his hometown of Dartford where a steel sculpture of the singer has been revealed. (Photo by Stephen Oliver - (http://www.stephen-oliver.co.uk /blog/a-rolling-stone-in-the-park/
Part of one of the biggest ever public arts projects in the UK, the statue was manufactured by Midlands based laser-cutting specialists Laser Process Ltd. The company produced over 250 life size steel statues of local celebrities and symbols for the project which was brought to life by sustainable transport charity Sustrans in order to decorate its latest cycle ways and pathways throughout the UK and Ireland.
Made from weathered steel, Laser Process Ltd was originally given the order for 3 sculptures. However, upon their completion in 2010, the Cannock firm was awarded the contract for the whole project, encompassing a total of 256 statues across 85 sites in the UK and Ireland.
Labelled “The Portrait Bench”, the art collection is part of Sustrans’ Connect2 project to encourage more people to get about on foot and bike for everyday journeys. One bench on each route is now featuring three local heroes who have been chosen by the communities themselves, among them actors Richard Burton and Michael Caine, comedians Eric Morecombe and Rob Brydon, musicians Mick Jagger, Tom Jones and Gary Barlow, Olympian Paula Radcliffe as well as historical and political figures such as Henry VIII and local heroes and symbols.
According to David Lindsey, Director at Laser Process Ltd, “This contract has been an interesting departure for the company as our products are usually industry based, consisting of engineering components for a wide variety of customers. However, this project has given us the chance to show that engineering has got a creative side to it and can result in quirky and fun output.”
The company which is one of the UK’s largest subcontractors for laser cutting has grown a reputation for its precise work, quality and customer service. With a strong commitment to continual investment in latest technology, environmental standards and quality control, Laser Process Ltd has also won the regional Made in the Midlands Award for engineering excellence three years in a row since 2010.
From the archive #2
The Laser Process Credit Control Team
Back in the early 90s Laser Process accepted an invitation to take part in a business challenge day at Whittington Barracks, near Lichfield.
The challenge consisted of a series of tasks during the course of one day and involved a team of four from each company, from memory about eighty teams took part.
The tasks included an assault course, abseiling down a tower, rifle shooting, stretcher carrying and several other physical activities.
The Laser Process team, consisting of Dave Lindsey, Neil Lindsey, Simon Murphy and Tony Jeffries, managed to finish second. The result was pleasing - and very surprising because none of us had made any preparation for the effort involved.
The photo shows the team at the beginning of the rifle shooting competition. The team became known as the Laser Process credit control team.
From the Archives #1
Laser Process Ltd opened its doors at the beginning of 1990. The original staff had all migrated from Laser 2000 Ltd, Brownhills.
This is the original flyer sent out to prospective customers. The pictures show Dave Lindsey the MD of Laser Process and the original sales rep, the late Bill Wharton. Bill was one of the first sales reps in the UK selling a laser cutting service. He was quite concerned in the early days because it was difficult to get prospective customers to accept that laser cutting was a service for the sheetmetal industry rather than some hi-tech service not compatible with their requirements. He gradually made them see the light (pun intended) and became a well respected and well liked face of the company.
Dave Lindsey first became involved with laser cutting in 1981, and Bill shortly after. At that time the number of laser jobshops in the UK could be counted on one hand. Now it seems that there is one on every corner!
Simon Murphy, Laser Process production manager, also got involved in laser cutting in the 80's and, together with the fact that very few employees of Laser Process have moved on, that gives us more combined experience than almost any other laser cutting company in the country.
New Pressbrake Arrives
We have just taken delivery of a new pressbrake. This, 130 tonne three metre, machine will sit alongside our existing, 170 tonne unit and enable us to cope with the ever increasing workload. The new machine is another Trumpf which, we consider, to be as good as they get.
Bending has been an important part of our operation for over ten years and the volume of work has increased to the point where we were unable to cope with the one machine we had.
This acquisition follows that of the Dugard vertical machining centre purchased last year and of the creation of our assembly facility to further enhance our capability for secondary operations.
Mick Jagger and other Dartford Warblers
What have Eric Morecombe, Stephen Fry, Mick Jagger and Scott of the Antarctic got in common? I could also add Dame Vera Lynn, Ronnie Corbett, Johnny Vegas and Lord Horatio Nelson.
They are all figures recently produced as part of the Sustrans Portrait Bench (Connect2) scheme. They have all been unveiled recently, or will be unveiled in the next week or two in various parts of the UK.
Stephen Fry, together with Nelson and the heroic nurse Edith Cavell will be sited in Norwich while Dame Vera Lynn will be placed with, the James Bond author, Ian Fleming and Jamie Clarke, in Dover.
Mick Jagger will be placed, with a Vox AC30 amplifier and a couple of Dartford Warblers (iconic local birds) in Dartford, Kent.
Our contract with Sustrans, which involves the production of over two hundred and fifty life size figures, has been running for two years but has to be completed in the next couple of months and so, with nearly fifty figures left to manufacture, the schedule is getting very busy.
Examples of many of the figures can be seen on our Pinterest pages, and more will be added as photos become available.
New Corporate Video
RNTV has produced a new corporate video for Laser Process. It can be viewed on YouTube at http://youtu.be/R6qqFQKy6DA .This video was introduced at the recent Southern Manufacturing Exhibition in Farnborough.
Southern Manufacturing 2013
Back in the office today after three days down at Farnborough for the Southern Manufacturing Exhibition.
We used our new stand for the first time and we were very pleased with it, thanks to the guys at Supalite Displays and The Marketing People.
The show itself was bigger and better than ever before. We have been doing it for six years and this year saw a marked difference in its size and in the type of exhibitor.
We picked up some very good leads and these are being followed up right now and we are quietly confident that some good orders will ensue.
Thanks to all those who came to talk to at the show, and for those that didn't, we will be at Subcon on 4th - 6th June at the NEC.
Laser Process to exhibit at the Southern Manufacturing Show 2013
Laser Process, the Staffordshire based laser cutting company, is set to take part in its sixth consecutive year of exhibiting at the Southern Manufacturing Show.
The Midlands based firm is keen to show off their subcontract laser cutting expertise and their streamlined methods of increasing productivity. The firm is also looking to showcase their recent £50,000 innovative Dugard ECO1000 vertical machining centre at the Southern Manufacturing Show. The investment allows the company to perform a range of secondary machining operations on parts they have laser cut. The operations made possible by this machine include drilling & tapping, chamfers, rebates, countersinking and counterbores.
Managing Director, David Lindsey of Laser Process said: “Southern Manufacturing is the largest regional engineering exhibition in the UK and, as such, we feel it is important that Laser Process is represented. We aim to confirm our status as a leading subcontractor and to further support our position as champions of quality and service.”
Year on year, the Southern Manufacturing show welcomes companies such as Laser Process to showcase their positive achievements within the industry, to a diverse range of exhibitors and potential customers.
Laser Process sees the Southern Manufacturing Show 2013 as an important networking opportunity with UK industry. The company recently gained an order from a customer they networked with two years ago at the show. On the back of this, Laser Process states that the annual show has a lasting positive influence towards increasing their industry presence.
Building upon a successful 2012, the firm has also taken on an extra 3000 square feet unit in Cannock alongside new staff to operate the new machine and for assembly operations. Laser Process is now keen to build upon their accomplishments throughout 2013.
The Southern Manufacturing Show takes place on the 13-14 February 2013 in Farnborough, Hampshire. It allows a high range of exhibitors and visitors to broaden their knowledge and expertise which will help them enhance their own services, products and industry prominence.
The leading show remains committed to the industry and demonstrates how the manufacturing industry has strongly rebounded from the recession.
The Southern Manufacturing Show has been dubbed as a positive, vibrant, marketplace for products and services. Laser Process states that the simple accessibility of the show is a powerful magnet for attracting thousands of attendees.