TMAT purchased by Blachford Acoustics Group

TMAT  has been purchased by North American manufacturing company Blachford Acoustics Group for an undisclosed sum.

By investing in TMAT, Blachford Acoustics Group ( becomes the only complete interiors/acoustic Industrial Vehicles supplier, offering headliners, trim, acoustic and floor system solutions for platforms designed and built in both North America and, now, Europe.

The purchase of TMAT means no other company in the world working in the Industrial Vehicles sector will have the focus and resource Blachford Acoustics Group now has at its disposal. The Blachford Acoustics Laboratory and Research Centre is a world-class facility featuring a large hemi-anechoic chamber equipped with a heavy-duty dynamometer, a reverberation room as well as a complete chemical/materials lab.

Blachford Acoustics Group, led by Dr. John Blachford, President, has grown significantly over the past several years. With the TMAT purchase, the 93-year-old Canadian-based company expands to six manufacturing locations in Canada, the United States and now the UK.  Blachford is a Gold Certified supplier to Caterpillar and was recently presented the Masters of Quality Award by Daimler Trucks NA.

Dr. Blachford explained that his interest in TMAT dates back many years. “Way back in 1995 we tried, unsuccessfully, to make a license agreement with TMAT, because we very much needed to be manufacturing polyurethane mats in North America. We also needed a partner in the UK or Europe.

“Now, finally, we have actually bought TMAT, which has recently become a very successful company. The extent to which TMAT’s product line complements ours and our line complements theirs is remarkable, and will result in great opportunities for the growth of both companies.”

The move into Europe is a key element of Blachford’s global strategy with further expansion into other regions to follow.

TMAT will continue to manufacture its products and solutions at its Chesterfield HQ but, critically, will now have access to Blachford Acoustics Group’s unrivalled R&D laboratory and testing facilities.

TMAT will also retain its brand and identity, and will benefit from being part of a global organisation and overarching brand that is unique in its market.

With TMAT no longer being restricted by being part of a private equity house and now forming part of a global group, profits can be reinvested in TMAT so that it can achieve its considerable ambitions, particularly with respect to improvements in processes and new products and access to Blachford’s technical resources.

Jason Lippitt, who will remain as MD of TMAT, said: “We are delighted to have been bought by a world-class, global investor that shares our strategy and ambition.

“Our business plans are so closely aligned that they could quite easily have been written by one another. Both businesses are absolutely committed to R&D and to making the best solutions for industrial and agricultural vehicles across the world, steering clear of the automotive sector.

“With Blachford behind us, TMAT will be considerably better-placed to extend its global reach and take advantage of exciting new opportunities to supply global OEMs that previously would not have been possible. We look forward to becoming a major player on the world stage.”


TMAT Raises The Profile Of Engineering


Lee Carpenter presents to the students

TMAT recently supported NLT Training Services with their first ‘Made in Chesterfield’ campaign aimed at raising the profile of engineering.

The Made in Chesterfield Festival ran from 10th – 14th November 2014 in celebration of the engineering and manufacturing industry in our town.  The week focused on inspiring our next generation into engineering.

NLT provided a ‘have a go’ activity in their Engineering Skills Hub for 24 local school students from 3 local schools all with a passion for practical engineering.

Lee Carpenter – Production Team Leader at TMAT joined the Hub and gave the young students an insight into local manufacturing.

TMAT was delighted to be part of the event and fully supports NLT in their bid to raise the profile of engineering and helping the youngsters of today become the engineers of tomorrow!

TMAT Involved in Local Employment Initiatives

TMAT Ltd has been involved in a recent local employment initiative which has been championed nationwide by Ingeus UK Limited.  Ingeus are the prime provider for the government’s flagship employability contract – “The Work Program”.

Carl Palmer – Production Manager represented TMAT Ltd at the Sports & Social Inclusion program which was held at The Proact Stadium – home to Chesterfield FC.  The project uses sport, particularly football and boxing to raise people’s self-esteem and motivation whilst at the same time delivering tailored employability support, which helps clients develop the skills they need, including teamwork, discipline, leadership and motivation.  The program was delivered by Ingeus along with sportsmen from Boxing -Glenn McCrory  (former British Cruiserweight Boxer) and from Football – Olivier Bernard (Former Newcastle Utd & French international footballer).  Carl presented the delegates with an insight into TMAT Ltd and the qualities that the business looks for when recruiting. He was pleased to be involved in the project and hoped that, on behalf of TMAT Ltd, he had contributed to the future successes of the candidates involved in the project.


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Olivier Bernard, Carl Palmer & Glenn McCrory – Sports Inclusion Program

TMAT Reveals High Temperature Visco-Elastic Foam


Hood Seal

Hood Seal – Click to Enlarge

Innovative chemical engineering has enabled our engineers to develop & produce a brand new high temperature visco-elastic foam.

Predominantly designed for use in sealing applications to prevent hot air recirculation, it helps cooling performance which directly affects the engine efficiency of heavy machinery such as tractors and excavators. Capable of withstanding temperatures of up to 120 degrees Celsius the visco-elastic nature of the material  gives high performance sealing even against uneven surfaces such as hand laid glass fibre.

For years, TMAT has used its own formulations to create superior acoustic parts in a wide variety of applications, specifically for Noise, Vibration & Harshness protection in special vehicles and off highway machines.

Call us now to find out more about our high temperature sealing solutions.


TMAT Supply Chain Efficiency Development

TMAT have recently combined the Despatch and Stores offices to create a Goods Control Team. The second phase of this development  is to create a Delivery & Collection Window System.

The Delivery/ Collection Windows concept works with Suppliers and Customers to create practices and efficiencies to ultimately achieve higher quality and service delivery.

How will this initiative affect Suppliers? – at the point of “order confirmation” a delivery date & time will be allocated.

The timings for receipt of deliveries will be:

6:30am – 9:30am Monday to Friday &

4:30pm – 6:30pm Monday to Thursday

How will this initiative affect Customers? – at the point of a confirmed collection the date & time will be determined and booked by our logistics team at TMAT.

We envisage this new process to start on 20 October 2014.

The Delivery/ Collection Window is one of a number of internal initiatives we are developing as part of our commitment to continuous improvement.


TMAT support Yorkshire Air Ambulance

TMAT recently donated £100 to The Yorkshire Air Ambulance. TMAT was asked to support the charity by an employee who was a neighbour of Jamie Lynch who sadly died in a motorcycle accident in May.  Jamie’s family arranged a charity event “ShedFest” which was held  in August at New Whittington Club to raise funds for The Yorkshire Air Ambulance and in memorial of Jamie.   Jamie’s family said that they were grateful for all the donations they  received for the charity.

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance is an independent charity providing a life saving rapid response emergency service to 5 million people across Yorkshire. They operate seven days a week, 365 days a year, covering a vast landscape that not only includes major cities and motor ways, but also rural and isolated locations.  The Yorkshire Air Ambulance receives no government assistance and all the funds for this vital service are raised by Company’s and the public.

To keep providing this life saving service the charity needs to raise £9990 per day to keep both of Yorkshire’s Air Ambulances maintained and in the air. The generosity that they receive is the life blood of the charity and with out this generosity, they would not be able to provide the service.





TMAT launches an Environmental Team

As part of a continuous improvement, sustainability and cost reduction programme TMAT has this week created and launched an Environmental Team.

The aim of the team will be to look into sustainable projects that create savings and add value to the way TMAT operates.  The team activities will develop into practices that will complement  ISO 14001 standard and process. Chaired by Tim Bridle (Supply Chain Manager), the team consists of Stephen Smith (Engineering & Site Services Manager), Claire Bartram (Quality & Environmental Engineer), Anna Kakel (Sales Office Admin) and Jo Kisgory (PA to MD).

The team are currently looking at an Energy Awareness Campaign along with Waste.

Jason Lippitt – Managing Director said that “The TMAT Management Team  support the new team and their commitment to protecting the environment and fully encourage their aim to be at the forefront of good environmental practice, by understanding the impact the business has on it’s surroundings and the wider community.”


TMAT Environmental Team

TMAT Environmental Team

CIMA Fellowship – Laura joins elite group of business professionals

TMAT would like to congratulate Laura Bawden FCMA on her recent Fellowship Award with CIMA.  As a CIMA Fellow Laura will be part of an elite group of business professionals.

Having worked within Finance for over 14 years Laura joined TMAT in 2006 as the Group Financial Controller.  She has a strong background in Manufacturing and over the past 8 years has strengthened her financial expertise along with developing her operational and strategic skills in leading the finance function

Laura said of her achievement “I’m delighted that the operational & strategic skills I have developed at TMAT have been formally recognised by CIMA.  I’m immensely proud of achieving my fellowship and look forward to further developing my career within finance & business leadership.”

Jason Lippitt MD commented: Laura is an extremely capable Senior Manager and has proved herself to be highly competent Finance Director Designate. The Board value her and the contribution she makes to the ultimate success of TMAT.

In recognition of her achievement, Laura was presented with a bottle of champagne by Jason Lippitt – Managing Director.




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MD invited to join “The Manufacturer” Advisory Board

MD invited to join “The Manufacturer” Advisory Board

Jason Lippitt (MD) has recently received an invitation to join The Manufacturer Conference Advisory Board.

The Manufacturer Magazine is the UK’s foremost resource for manufacturing leaders across all industry sectors and as such is ranked by Google as a news provider. Their vision for the future of British manufacturing is to have the most active global manufacturing community and strongest knowledge base globally. They exist because they want British manufacturers to be the most efficient, sustainable and profitable in the world.

It is through the engagement of the Advisory Board that The Manufacturer can gain insight into the latest industry developments in order to deliver a content driven annual conference with real relevance and value for its attendees. Their aim is that the board’s input will result in a day of knowledge sharing created by manufacturers, for manufacturers.

The MDC Advisory Board comprises of manufacturing leaders that represent the broad range of UK. These select number of leading individuals from within the manufacturing community join the event advisory board specifically for the event as well as other events and conferences which will be held across the year.

Jason said that he was delighted to have been asked to join the advisory board and is looking forward to sharing his outlook on UK manufacturing.