TMAT – Racing to raise money for Charity

TMAT is on a mission to raise money for a variety of charities in the Sheffield Half Marathon on Sunday 27th May.

The Race starts at Don Valley Stadium goes through the streets of the city centre and the finishes back at the stadium.

Jason Lippitt, MD is hoping to raise at least £1000 from TMAT with a view to the Company matching all sponsorship raised. Some of the contributions will go towards TMAT’s chosen charity “Ashgate Hospice” and the remainder will be shared between the charities chosen by the employees that are running.

Jason Lippitt is running for the British Heart Foundation. Jason said: “ My son was diagnosed with a congenital heart disease at only one day old. As I’ve supported many charities in the past I had decided to put some of my energy in raising funds for this fantastic charity”.

Theresa Morton is running for Brain Tumor UK. Theresa told TMAT: “This charity is close to my heart. My sister was diagnosed with a brain tumour last year and has just finished radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment following a craniotomy operation to remove the tumour”.

Lee Carpenter is running for Help For Heroes. Lee advised: “I have chosen this charity because I have close friends and relatives in the armed forces, knowing that there is a charity that can provide the necessary support and can make a real difference to the lives of our wounded is a comfort”.

TMAT wishes each and every person running the Sheffield half marathon the best of luck in raising money for their chosen charity. There are many good reasons for supporting this sponsored event, so please help if you can.

If you’d like to help TMAT raise money and make a donation then please contact Jo Kisgory for more information. Joanne.Kisgory@TMatUK.com or 01246 599733.

New member of the senior management team

TMAT is proud to announce that Greg Smith has been promoted to Sales Manager and is now part of the Senior Management Team, working alongside Laura Bawden, Financial Controller and David Delaney, Operations Manager.

Greg started with TMAT in November 2011 as Key Account Manager looking after clients JCB, Terex UK, Komatsu and Claas.

Jason Lippitt, MD said: “Greg has shown outstanding commitment towards customers and their challenges and I welcome him to the senior management team.” Greg brings a great deal of experience to this new role and he has a wealth of knowledge in composite materials design and manufacture as well as extensive Sales, Marketing and Commercial acumen.

As Sales Manager Greg will continue to work very closely with TMAT’s customers and also contribute and deliver the strategy of the board of directors.

It’s perfect chemistry at TMAT

TMAT has recently welcomed Dr. Ken Kendall, Polymer Chemist, to its team.

TMAT’s new Product Development Manager will be responsible for developing new products and value-engineering existing ones. With an Honours degree in chemistry and a PhD in polymer science from Manchester University, Dr. Ken Kendall’s accreditation will afford TMAT greater strength and protection with its intellectual property.

Dr. Kendall will build upon TMAT’s existing core competency in polyurethane chemistry and enable higher excellence in research and development of new products. Dr. Kendall said: “We can react even faster to our customers’ need for innovative and cost-effective products for new market opportunities”.

With a wealth of experience in technical roles in the polymer industry Dr. Kendall will surely be an excellent asset to the TMAT team.

“I believe TMAT has a strong “can-do” attitude deriving from its mixture of skilled workforce and visionary management team”, commented Dr. Kendall

Jason Lippitt, MD said: “Dr. Ken Kendall has made a fantastic addition to our team here at TMAT and we are all very excited to see how he helps TMAT progress to the next level of product research and development”.

Apprentices join the TMAT team

TMAT has welcomed two new Business Administrator apprentices to its team.

Abigail Robinson is 18 years old and lives locally to Chesterfield. She recently completed her A-levels and decided on an apprenticeship to help progress a career in business. Abigail chose the Business Administration apprenticeship which will give her experience in a multi-faceted role. She will be responsible for everything from reception to admin support for Production Planning. This role will allow Abigail to gain skills she can apply to other administrative roles.

Locally born and bred Dale Smith, 18 has been working in an HGV repair centre since leaving school. Dale decided he wanted to change his career direction to a more “white collar” work environment. He chose the Business Administrator apprenticeship because he can gain skills and experience in many areas.

TMAT is committed to offering apprenticeships to young people that give them opportunities to learn practical skills and to build life long careers.

Land’s End to John O’Groats

Steve Day from logistics company Arcese UK recently left his trusty van for a cycle bike and took on the challenge of riding more than 1000 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

TMAT has a long established relationship with Arcese UK which delivers products to one of TMAT’s biggest clients CNH. TMAT is proud to sponsor Steve as he raises money for Great Ormond Street Hospital for children.

Steve and a team of around 30 other cyclists rode between 70-100 miles a day over 12 days.

Well done to everyone who took part.

Manufacturing guru leads operations

David Delaney, Operations Manager, is part of the team that has built TMAT into one of the East Midlands’ most successful manufacturing operations, growing 30 per cent in the past year.

David has a long association with TMAT and its customer base, and in his new role, he oversees the key operational elements of the business with around 90 per cent of the workforce reporting to him.

The company, based in Chesterfield, works with some of the world’s biggest heavy plant manufacturers including: Case New Holland Tractors, JCB, and Volvo Construction. David Delaney says:

we’ve had a clear strategy for moving forward with the business and I’m enjoying the process. I’ve facilitated many changes across the business, especially the manufacturing facility. It is a much “leaner” shop floor and our operatives have been key in the decision making too. We are very proud of what we have achieved so far with further improvement plans to implement.

Jason Lippitt, MD said:

Too many business managers are prepared to use the economy as an excuse for performance to deteriorate but David is a vital part of a team that’s prepared to fight for new business. His ability to deliver high quality production alongside cost savings is a key component of our success