TMAT says need for migrant workforce highlights UK Manufacturing skills shortage

TMATWith debate raging over the impact of extra migrants on UK jobs, TMAT has said that it is proud of its diverse workforce – and that the need to employ so many staff from overseas only serves to highlight the UK skills shortage.

TMAT has a staff made up of eight different nationalities: Russian; German; Polish; Romanian; Ghanaian; Greek; Jamaican; and British.

These are all skilled workers making important contributions to a multi-national manufacturer of acoustic components for tractors and excavators – whose customers include the likes of Case, New Holland Tractors, JCB and Volvo – currently turning over between £10m – £15m and with exciting global ambitions.

Jason Lippitt, MD of TMAT, said: “At the end of the day, we’re a business, and that means getting the people with the right skills for the job; and if that means recruiting from overseas, then so be it.

“We have a very harmonious and highly accomplished international workforce helping drive us towards our goal of turning over £20m per year.

“I’d love to be able to recruit lots of young British-born workers, but I’m afraid the UK education system is currently failing to produce enough engineers, chemists and skilled workers of the calibre a manufacturer like TMAT needs.”

TMAT designs and engineers innovative solutions to Noise, Vibration and Harshness for ACE (agricultural, construction, earthmoving) markets that it knows are the best in the industry.

TMAT’S products are unique to each individual customer, tailored to specific needs and requirements. All of its products are exclusively designed by TMAT’s on-site Chemists and Engineers to meet the challenges and needs of some of the world’s largest OEMs.

Jo Joins the Elite

Our very own Jo Kisgory has joined the ranks of the elite after becoming only the 20th PA to achieve a ‘Pass with Distinction’ in the Diploma in Person Assistance (DipPA)!

Jo said of her achievement: “My recent attendance at the DipPA course delivered by APA has renewed my enthusiasm, effectiveness & passion for my role.  I have learnt how I can support the business needs and ensure that my Manager can be fully effective in his role.  I thoroughly enjoyed the course and have come back to my role knowing that I am no longer JUST a PA, I am a PA with an important position and I can make a difference!”

Jo Kisgory

Dr. Gareth Osborne of APA, who lectured on the course, said: “Jo starred throughout, she is obviously a great PA and a credit to her business TMAT. I wasn’t surprised when I was told she had joined the ranks of the elite by joining the small number of Diploma holders with a distinction. I know that some of her test answers were very sophisticated and she is not afraid of asking questions; even when it appears to some to be ‘silly’ questions. Covering all the angles is the mark of an outstanding PA, and she is.”

Everyone here at TMAT is very proud of Jo following her achievement and she’s proved to be an invaluable member of the team. Well done Jo!


TMAT’s very own Financial Controller Laura Bawden attended Chaucer School’s Values Event day on Tuesday 14th May. Laura shared her experiences and knowledge at the Values Event, as well as showing her leadership skills and her positive perspective.

Laura is one of the first people to sign up for The Manufacturer’s recent School Governor’s campaign. The aim is to have someone from a manufacturing company on the board of governors of every state-run school in the country. Laura has started the process by becoming a member of the Chaucer School’s Business Advisory Board and she will be considered for the governor’s board should a vacancy arise.

TMAT would like to wish Laura every success with this campaign and hope that the children of the future will aspire to work within the manufacturing and engineering industry!

Laura Bawden





We’re very pleased to announce that Jason Lippitt, MD of TMAT Ltd has been awarded the Business in the Community Award at the Derbyshire Times Pride of Chesterfield Awards 2013.

Jason – who will have to undergo complex surgery on his foot recently after completing the London Marathon despite being advised not to do so after injuring himself in the opening section of the race – has been at the forefront of a company that has thrived in the past year in spite of the tough economic climate and also lent considerable support to the local community.

Jason with his award (far left)

TMAT has done so through job creation and a determination to employ people from the local area and by engaging in charitable activities such as the London Marathon, Sheffield Half-Marathon and donating Easter Eggs to the Children’s Ward at Chesterfield Hospital.

TMAT has also done a great deal to encourage young people from the area to aspire towards a career in manufacturing and engineering. First, it announced plans that could – as well as creating more specialised jobs in its existing state-of-the-art Chesterfield facility – see young local people working in its proposed new factory in Brazil as part of the preparations for the 2014 football World Cup and 2016 Olympics. Second, it became the first company in the UK to successfully put forward a candidate – in the form of Financial Controller Laura Bawden – for The Manufacturer magazine’s campaign to place a high-level manufacturing company employee on the governing board of every school in the country in order to encourage more young people to work towards a career in the industry.

A humbled Jason Lippitt said of his award: “We’ve had an incredible year at TMAT and this award shouldn’t really go to me but to the whole team, both for its hard work to make TMAT what it is as a manufacturing business but also as a company with an ethos to support its local community.

“As for completing the London Marathon with this foot of mine, I just knew I couldn’t let down The British Heart Foundation I was raising money for, my son, wife, family and all the people that had supported me in my training, so I had to finish it.

“I’m paying for it now with the serious discomfort in my foot and the fact I’ll have to take time out to undergo surgery, but it was well worth it nevertheless.”

TMAT Ltd – whose customers include JCB, Case, New Holland and Volvo – enjoyed a record £4million in new business enquiries in 2012, has smashed all sales targets throughout 2013, is looking at a sales pipe line of some £4.5million and has recently announced plans to expand into Brazil.

TMAT is rare for having been one of the businesses that has thrived during the economic downturn. Its growth has risen from £5m per year to in excess of £10m since 2009 and TMAT aims to drive turnover to more than £20 million by 2015.


Congratulations to Robert Bates, who has attained his CIMA accreditation to become a fully qualified Management Accountant.

Robert has been with TMAT since June 2010 and in that time has proved himself an integral part of the team.


TMAT has been announced as a finalist in this years Manufacturer of the Year Awards in the SME Manufacturer of the Year category. The award winners will be revealed at the Manufacturer of the Year awards dinner on the 21st November.



A Chesterfield company is on a recruitment drive after achieving 20 per cent year-on-year growth, and is planning an Open Day for potential employees to learn more. 

TMAT researches, develops and manufactures innovative solutions to reduce noise and vibration in agricultural and construction vehicles and its customers include Case, New Holland Tractors, Komatsu and Volvo.  All of these companies incorporate TMAT’s acoustic systems into their industry-leading products, improving the working lives of millions of heavy equipment users worldwide.

TMAT has also been shortlisted for three major industry awards: the Derbyshire Times ‘Business Personality of the Year Award’, The Manufacturer ‘SME Manufacturer of the Year Award’, and the EEF  ‘Innovative Operating Practices Award’.

The company’s success is based on a major research and development investment programme and in-depth training for every member of the workforce.  From apprenticeships to MBAs, the company fully supports training and development to help every employee reach their full potential.  The majority of the company’s 120 workforce is from the local area.  In the current recruitment drive, TMAT is looking for: Quality Managers, Quality Engineers, Team Leaders, Operators and Key Account Managers as well as planning to increase its Apprenticeship scheme. 

Managing Director Jason Lippitt says:  “In the last 12 months TMAT has developed more than 100 product innovations and we’ve backed that with a world-class customer service operation.  We can only achieve this level of success with the support of our employees and in turn, we work with them to develop their business and personal skills.”

Recently, TMAT has focused on manufacturing components from sustainable and renewable resources.  Everything supplied by the company is made to order with a next day guaranteed delivery service which has operated at close to 100 per cent over four consecutive months.

Backed by Advent Partners and a £1.6 million HSBC funding package, TMAT aims to drive turnover to more than £20 million by 2015. 

To register an interest in attending the open day please email


Yves Girod – New Project Engineer

TMAT welcomes a new graduate Project Engineer, Yves Girod to its dynamic team.

TMAT’s new Project Engineer will support the Project Manager and the Sales team to achieve a turnover over of £20 million by 2015; in line with the company’s ambitious business plan.

Girod is the future generation of manufacturing; he brings strength to the team with fresh ideas and innovation and he will be investigating new processes, technologies and tool design to enhance operation efficiency.

Yves graduated with an Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manchester, he said:  “This is a great opportunity for me and I’m very excited about developing my career at such a unique and successful manufacturer.”

Greg Smith, Sales Manager remarked: “Having Yves join our team in not just an investment in the development of TMAT but also for the future of manufacturing. We must keep the younger generation interested in manufacturing in the UK to keep it innovative and forward thinking.”


TMAT has been commended by a UK original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for achieving a 100 per cent delivery rate over four consecutive months.

TMAT Ltd received an outstanding report following a recent audit with one of its established customers. One of the UK’s largest OEM’s looked at the factory and its performance and was pleased to advise the manufacturer that its delivery performance was 100 per cent for the fourth month in a row.

Each and every product has also been delivered in full with no reported quality issues. The team of auditors were impressed by the site and commented on how great the factory floor looked and operated.

David Delaney, Operations Manager said: “This is really a testament to the hard work and dedication of the employees here. The team is constantly innovating new ways to enhance operation efficiency and we are very proud of the 5S and other lean manufacturing tools that have been implemented here.”

TMAT aims to double its turnover by 2015 to more than £20 million and is set on a course for success as the OEM looks forward to working with TMAT’s engineers on future projects.


Team Stan riding for charity

TMAT has a host of colleagues that love taking on a challenge and raising money for charity.

On Sunday 2nd September 2012 our Financial Controller Laura Bawden and Steve Smith our Engineering & Site Services Manager will be taking part in the Manchester 100 bike ride. The bike ride is a huge 100 miles long and it starts and finishes at Wythenshaw Park in Manchester.

Laura and Steve will be riding as part of ‘Team Stan’ alongside other family and friends in memory of Laura’s brother and Grandad who both died earlier this year.

Laura and Steve have chosen to ride for The British Heart Foundation and Ashgate Hospice. Let’s support them and their team mates who are raising money for two very worthy causes.

Just Giving pages for donations are: &

TMAT wishes them the very best.