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Seeing is believing? Not

16/01/2012

Reading email newsletters this morning I see that "news from all quarters indicates a positive mood amongst steel makers in Europe" whilst, at the same time, "there is talk of redundanies at Tata in Corby and at Ruuki in Finland". Obviously NOT positive indications from all quarters. However, this situation seems to me to be typical of the information we are fed. I would imagine that the talk of redundancie has some substance, so what is positive about that.
Who are the experts?, can they be trusted? (was it not experts that got us into this mess in the first place?). There was a time when we could make serious decisions based on what we were reading but these days we can only look at our own business and make decisions on what we can see on our own doorstep. The bigger picture is proving too big for everyone. who is paying wages to these 'experts' - and why?


2011 - A summary

16/12/2011

2011 has been a very strange year. Sometimes busy, sometimes quiet, sometimes exciting and sometimes disconcerting – but never dull.
The year started after suffering two years of poor trade and losses and not knowing what the future had in store for us. January, however, started very well and took us into a period of six months during which we experienced record sales. The second half of the year was quite different, reasonably busy but always working hand-to-mouth with never much in the way of forward orders.
As we now approach the end of this year and the start of 2012 we again find ourselves in the position of not knowing exactly what we face. The situation in the Eurozone is causing uncertainty and anxiety and I don’t think British manufacturing will really start to move forward until their problems are resolved.
So we started the year with trepidation and we seem to be ending it the same way but we, as a company, have had some highlights in between.

• The introduction of an online quoting system to enable remote quotations at any time, instantly.
• The installation of two new Trumpf laser cutting systems in an investment of nearly one million pounds.
• The achievement of Iso14001 for Environmental Management
• The award, by Made in the Midlands, for Manufacturing Achievement.

A big thank you to all of our customers for the continued support you give us. A thank you, also, to our suppliers who have played their part in our endeavours.

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a very Prosperous New Year.


Second Made in the Midlands award for Laser Process

26/10/2011

At the Made in the Midlands award ceremony, held last week at the Banks' Stadium in Walsall, Laser Process picked up its second Manufacturing Achievement award in as many years.

The award recognizes the investment and achievements made by the company over the last year. Around one million pounds of investment was committed to the purchase of two laser cutting systems from Trumpf UK. Trumpf are widely regarded as one of the worlds best laser cutting system manufacturers and the two machines installed are state of the art.

The company has also introduced an online quoting system called LaserQuote24/7. This enables registered companies to obtain immediate laser cutting quotations at any time of the day or night. Laser Process are only the second laser cutting organisation in the UK to offer this service.

Recently Laser Process has also received accreditation to ISO 14001 for Environmental Management. This accreditation, through NQA recognises the commitment by Laser Process to reducing waste and the effect of its operations on the environment.


Second Manufacturing Achievement Award for Laser Process

26/10/2011

At a ceremony in Walsall last Friday Laser Process was presented with a Manufacturing Achievement Award by the Made in the Midlands organisation.
This is the second consecutive year the company has won the award and recognises the investment in equipment and technology over the last year.

The company has invested around one million pounds in two Trumpf laser cutting systems. Trumpf are widely regarded as as manufacturers of the worlds best laser cutting equipment and the two new systems are state of the art.

Laser Process has also introduced LaserQuote24/7. This is an online quoting system which enables registered companies to obtain laser cutting quotations, instantly, at any time of the day or night.
The picture shows Joey Moore of Laser Process with the award.


Quality and Environmental Standards

11/10/2011

Following on from our second 'Made in the Midlands' Award, some more good news. We have just had our annual assessment for Iso9001 and Iso14001 and flew through them. No non-conformances, just one observation. A brilliant result and a credit to all of our employees.


Heavy metal for Michael Eavis

21/09/2011

Michael Eavis, the founder of the Glastonbury Festival, has been immortalised in steel as part of the Sustrans Portrait Bench programme.

The bench, along with the statue of Michael Eavis is to be officially unveiled at the grand opening of the new walking and cycling routes in Midsomer Norton. Events start from 1pm on 24 September 2011.

Michael Eavis himself will be unveiling the portrait bench.

This is the fifteenth of seventy two sets of statues being produced by Laser Process on behalf of Sustrans, the National sustainable transport charity. recent statues have included Stan Laurel and, footballer, Ledley King.


Laser Process saddling up for charity

17/08/2011

Laser Process, the Cannock based laser cutting subcontractor, is urging it's customers to support Ride Side By Side to help raise funds for Help4Heroes and Caudwell Children.

We’re getting in to the saddle with disability equipment manufacturer Quest 88 to help them raise £1m in a charity bike ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End.

We’re hoping to offer a range of support to the 932-mile Ride Side by Side cycle challenge set to take place over just 12 days in April next year, the money raised will go to the Help for Heroes and Caudwell Children charities.

The firm, which makes cycles and mobility aids for disabled people, will use four companion tricycles to cycle the length of the UK.

Full details of who’ll be taking part are still being decided but it will include three staff from Quest 88 riding with three members of the armed forces, who have been injured serving their country. The fourth tricycle is set to be ridden by a variety of well-known figures who are ambassadors for Caudwell Children.

Dave Lindsey, managing director of Laser Process, said: “It’s great to be involved in such a fantastic fundraising project, we’re planning to provide support in whatever way we can financially and helping to promote the ride.”

David Vernon-Henshaw, Quest 88 joint managing director, said: “We’re all really looking forward to the ride and having Laser Process onboard is great support to help us get to the £1m target.”

To make a donation send a cheque, payable to Ride Side By Side, to Laser Process, or for more details see the challenge website - www.ridesidebyside.info .


Ledley King on the Bench

17/08/2011

The latest set of public artwork figures, produced by Laser Process of Cannock, have been unveiled in a park in Tower Hamlets, near the Olympic Park in London.

The artwork was unveiled in Mile End Park, Bethnal Green on Monday 15 August, with three local icons Ledley King, Sylvia Pankhurst and a canal towpath horse immortalised in steel as part of charity Sustrans' portrait bench initiative.

The characters were all chosen by the local community, and are part of a national project which is adorning new sections of Sustrans' National Cycle Network in communities across the UK. Over 240 characters will be immortalised in steel when the project is completed.

The bench will sit in Mile End Park alongside the new Meath Bridge, which having been installed in 2010 is already making a major difference to how people make their everyday journeys in the Borough. Commuter journeys on foot and by bike have increased fivefold in Meath Gardens since the bridge was lifted into place.

Tim Temple from Sustrans said, "The characters chosen for the portrait bench here in Tower Hamlets are a real mix that showcase different aspects of the community, from industrial heritage to a present day sports star from the heart of East London. The bench will act as a permanent reminder to future generations of the history and diversity of this part of the capital."

Ledley King, Tottenham Hotspur and England international defender, said, "To be recognised for any achievement is always a privilege and is especially welcome when it is something determined by the people of the area from which you were born. I'm proud of my roots in East London and I have fond memories of playing football there as a youngster. I have now seen the portrait bench and hope it will contribute to the overall improvement of the area in which it is situated."

Susan Homewood, of the Sylvia Pankhurst Trust, said, "Sylvia Pankhurst was a selfless and inspiring figure whose fascinating real-life story, set here in Bow during World War I, continues to give young people the confidence to do great things for others. We're sure portrait bench will encourage further generations to learn more about her."

Mark Blackwell, from British Waterways, added, "The canals have played an important part in the history of East London, and we're delighted that local people have chosen to honour the working horse through Sustrans' portrait bench initiative.

"The capital's canals and towpaths are a green route through the city for walkers and cyclists; they are a haven for nature, a place to relax and a link to the past."

Mayor Lutfur Rahman, Tower Hamlets Council, said, "Tower Hamlets boasts a rich and varied history, and it is fantastic that this heritage is represented in the characters selected for the borough's portrait bench."


Ledley King

16/08/2011

Ledley King pictured yesterday at the unveiling of the Portrait Bench in Tower Hamlets.(Photo courtesy of Sustrans - the sustainable transport charity)


Artwork in Tower Hamlets unveiled

15/08/2011

Press release by Sustrans - the sustainable transport charity.

A new piece of public artwork will be unveiled in Mile End Park, Bethnal Green on Monday 15 August, with three local icons Ledley King, Sylvia Pankhurst and a canal towpath horse are immortalised in steel as part of charity Sustrans' portrait bench initiative.

The characters were all chosen by the local community, and are part of a national project which is adorning new sections of Sustrans' National Cycle Network in communities across the UK. Over 240 characters will be immortalised in steel when the project is completed.

The bench will sit in Mile End Park alongside the new Meath Bridge, which having been installed in 2010 is already making a major difference to how people make their everyday journeys in the Borough. Commuter journeys on foot and by bike have increased fivefold in Meath Gardens since the bridge was lifted into place.

Tim Temple from Sustrans said, "The characters chosen for the portrait bench here in Tower Hamlets are a real mix that showcase different aspects of the community, from industrial heritage to a present day sports star from the heart of East London. The bench will act as a permanent reminder to future generations of the history and diversity of this part of the capital."

Ledley King, Tottenham Hotspur and England international defender, said, "To be recognised for any achievement is always a privilege and is especially welcome when it is something determined by the people of the area from which you were born. I'm proud of my roots in East London and I have fond memories of playing football there as a youngster. I have now seen the portrait bench and hope it will contribute to the overall improvement of the area in which it is situated."

Susan Homewood, of the Sylvia Pankhurst Trust, said, "Sylvia Pankhurst was a selfless and inspiring figure whose fascinating real-life story, set here in Bow during World War I, continues to give young people the confidence to do great things for others. We're sure portrait bench will encourage further generations to learn more about her."

Mark Blackwell, from British Waterways, added, "The canals have played an important part in the history of East London, and we're delighted that local people have chosen to honour the working horse through Sustrans' portrait bench initiative.

"The capital's canals and towpaths are a green route through the city for walkers and cyclists; they are a haven for nature, a place to relax and a link to the past."

Mayor Lutfur Rahman, Tower Hamlets Council, said, "Tower Hamlets boasts a rich and varied history, and it is fantastic that this heritage is represented in the characters selected for the borough's portrait bench."