Blachford Vice President to present at Industrial Vehicle Cab Design & Technology Conference

Blachford Acoustics Group’s Vice President of Research and Development, Charles Moritz, will be speaking at the IVT Industrial Vehicle Cab Design & Technology Conference at the IVT Expo 2019.

With a Master’s degree in Acoustics as well as being a member of the board of directors of the International Institute of Noise Control Engineering, and a US board-certified noise control engineer, Chicago-based Charles is one of the industry’s foremost acoustic experts regularly called on to present at international industry events.

The Industrial Vehicle Cab Design & Technology Conference is dedicated to next-generation cabin design and future technologies for industrial, commercial and off-highway vehicles.

The brand new conference for 2019 is hotly anticipated and expected to be a popular addition to the Expo.

Speaking from 11.45am – 12.15pm on Thursday 14 February at the conference, Charles’ presentation – Demystifying Cab Acoustical Material Selection – seeks to cut through industry jargon and give an overview of the various types of in-cab acoustic treatments, such as headliners, floormats, damping and other insulation. More importantly, he’ll be discussing what works and what doesn’t.

As part of his presentation he will share the basic acoustical formulas and material properties used by the industry to develop and optimise acoustical cab treatments for enhanced vehicle aesthetics, driver comfort and safety.

His appearance at the IVT Expo 2019 follows on from InterNoise 2018. Held in Chicago last August, Charles was the Conference President for the 47th International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering which was attended by more than 1000 people from over 40 countries.

As well as presenting, Charles will also be moderating at the two-day conference, being held in Congresaal 2 at Koln Messe.

He joins fellow moderators Tom Stone, editor of IVT International magazine, Michael Jendis Executive Director – mechanical engineering, electronics and project management at Preh GmbH and Alexandra Hermann, Director of Marketing and Communications at Fritzmeier CABS, during the two-day conference at the Expo.

In his role of moderator, Charles will introduce presentations from industry professionals, including Dr Kayhan Caliskan Design and prototype manager at Yaris Kabin, and Jonas Stallmeister Senior visual designer at Centigrade GmbH.

As well as presenting and moderating, Charles will also join Blachford on its stand in the main exhibitors’ hall at the IVT Expo 2019.  Charles will also be joining colleagues from Blachford UK who will be showcasing the latest technologies in polyurethane and elastomer acoustic barrier technology on stand 3010 at the show.

Charles Moritz Vice President R&D to deliver talk at IVT Cologne

 

Charles Moritz – Vice President R&D to deliver talk at IVT Expo Cologne

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Blachford team set to unveil latest enhancements in acoustic barrier technology at IVT Expo 2019

The Blachford UK team is all set to greet thousands of visitors at the IVT Expo 2019 being held at Koln Messe in Cologne, Germany, from 13 – 14 February 2019.

Organised by Industrial Vehicle Technology magazine, this is the first international exhibition to bring together the industrial vehicle industry and showcases the latest and next-generation components and technologies all under one roof.

Located on stand 3010, the Blachford UK team will be unveiling a number of new technologies in polyurethane and elastomer acoustic barrier technology at the show.

Developed in-house by Blachford’s own chemist Dr Ken Kendall, five brand new acoustic and thermal applications for industrial vehicles will be showcased at the Expo by Blachford, including:

  • Anti-scratch floor mats
  • Two colour floor mats
  • Polyethylene film floor mat protector
  • Embedding of electronics
  • Lightweight foam floormats for fork lift trucks

Jason Lippit, Managing Director of Blachford UK will be attending IVT Expo with Blachford’s Sales Director and Technical Directors, Patrick Thompson and Dr Ken Kendall respectively.

Jason commented: “As a leading UK designer, engineer and manufacturer of acoustic components for industrial and agricultural vehicles, we are delighted to bring these new technologies to the IVT Expo. The applications have all been developed following feedback from the customers of vehicle manufacturers. We are confident our latest floor mat enhancements will add value to vehicles.”

Alongside the new floor mat technologies being unveiled at the Expo, Blachford will be showcasing its full range of polyurethane and acoustic products.

Jason explained: “Although there are no full vehicles allowed at the show, we have developed our own display frame to show the range of solutions we produce at Blachford which are designed to deliver the best possible cab acoustic performance.”

For updates throughout the ITV Expo, follow Blachford UK on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BlachfordAcoustics/ or LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/blachford-inc-/

Blachford UK – Why we are unique in our industry

We believe Blachford Acoustics is unique in the industry. Why? Because we have our own in-house research and development team led by renowned chemist Dr Ken Kendall.

Our speciality lies in vehicular sound proofing – agricultural, construction and earth-moving (ACE) vehicles in particular. It is through Ken’s extensive knowledge of polyurethane (PU or PUR), however that Blachford is able to develop world-leading turnkey acoustic solutions for vehicle manufacturers.

By having our own dedicated research and development team on site at our headquarters in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, we are able to respond quickly to customer needs. Additionally, Blachford is able to push boundaries, innovate and develop products and technology that manufacturers can adopt to further enhance the acoustic properties of their vehicles.  

Ken has a passion for polyurethane that stretches back (no pun intended) more than 30 years.

His love affair with polymers began in 1977 at The University of Manchester where he read Chemistry before going on to achieve a PhD in Polymer Science in 1983. Since then he has worked in a number of leading global laboratories which specialise in polyurethane foams and elastomers, honing his knowledge and experience in these materials.

It was through his work with one employer, that Ken was instrumental in the development of ground-breaking shock absorption materials for sports people, including knee pads for the Canadian Ski Team for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. That year the team secured two gold and silver medals.

By his own admission it is the ‘versatility’ of PU that fascinates Ken. He said: “You can do almost anything with polyurethane. The urethane link is a very defined sequence of atoms. Between that sequence of atoms there are all kind of chemicals you can add and that’s what gives you the versatility of urethane. It’s a tremendously exciting material to work with.”

Born and bred in Redditch, a town known for manufacturing, Dr Kendall has always been interested in science.

Although he joined Blachford UK as its Technical Director in 2016, his relationship with the business goes back to 2012. He previously worked with Jason Lippitt, Managing Director of Blachford Acoustics Group UK and it was he who enticed Ken to join the business as its Technical Director as part of Blachford’s World Class journey.

Ken’s long career in the industry means he has also developed relationships with important suppliers of key materials within the PU industry, giving him easy access to a myriad of chemicals which has assisted Blachford’s capability in developing new products.

He added: “I am very lucky to work for a company that is outward looking and wants to innovate. Having the freedom to experiment means the team and I can develop products for customers more quickly than our competitors and also enables us to innovate beyond client specifications.”

Embodying Blachford’s forward thinking approach, Ken will shortly be showcasing a number of innovations in vehicle acoustics that he and his team have developed at the 2019 IVT Expo being held in Cologne, Germany.

Products being unveiled at the Expo include floor mats with sensitive electronics embedded within them, anti-scratch and foam floor mats, protective polyethylene films and two-colour floor mats.

Being able to bring five new technologies to market at once is testament to not only Dr Ken’s expertise but also the fact Blachford has an in-house lab and its own dedicated research and development team.

On-site experts like Dr Ken, are enabling Blachford to not only stand out but lead in the field of developing and manufacturing acoustic and thermal insulation components.

If you’re visiting the IVT Expo 2019, find Ken and the Blachford Acoustics team in Hall 11 on stand 3010.

To find out more about how Blachford Acoustics’ pioneering research and development team can help your business, contact us.

 

Dr Ken Kendall

An award-winning year of growth & expansion at Blachford UK

We’ve enjoyed a year of success and celebration at Blachford UK. From the official Blachford Fun Run, to new appointments, awards and graduations it’s been a busy year in both the UK & US and we’re pleased to share a round-up of it here:

January – January’s success was a hint at the year Blachford UK was about to have. Our Key Accounts Manager, Sian Hinds, represented the company at Kubota – accepting the Bronze Supplier of the Year award for our involvement and support during the F37 Plus project development (a new tractor launched this November).

February – Saw our first new appointment of the year – Mick Cottam. Mick re-joined Blachford UK’s Sales Team bringing an abundance of technical ability with him.

March – Blachford Inc. was honoured to accept the Caterpillar Platinum Supplier status award for the third year running. 40 years’ of experience and fine tuning has allowed us to work our way up from Bronze all the way to the highest level of certification with some of the strictest criteria.

April – Just four months into the year and we were already accepting our third prestigious award. For the second year running we were awarded the PACCAR 10PPM award which recognises the efficiency of our manufacturing process and the accuracy of our products by recognising that just 10 parts in every million do not meet our high quality control standards.

May – We supported Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice by sending them several items from their Amazon Wish List to help them continue to create special moments for the children, young adults and families who visit them. We’ve worked with Bluebell Wood for some years now and we’ve seen the incredible work the team do to help families through one of the most difficult times in their lives. It costs £4 million a year to keep their doors open and besides the 10% statutory government funding, the rest is brought in by the amazing work the supporters do.

June – Not only was our very own Finance Director, Laura Bawden shortlisted for the Yorkshire Finance Leaders Business Awards but Blachford UK was also honoured with Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) Master of Quality Award thanks to the efforts and consistency of every employee meeting and exceeding Daimler’s strict guidelines.

July – We opened our doors to a year 10 pupil from Tupton Hall School, Sam. It wasn’t any old work experience though, Sam got to enjoy days in the research and development lab as well as experience a trip to one of Blachford UK’s most prestigious clients.

August – Blachford UK welcomed a new Operations Director, Stephen Hutt. Stephen joined the team challenged with the task of creating more capacity for growth. He has brought more than 30 years’ experience within the chemical industry to the role, including 10 years working at senior levels in both engineering and process roles.

September-During 2018’s hot summer, Blachford UK invested in some branded water bottles to help keep the team cool and hydrated. We also decided to donate some of the water bottles to local primary schools, Hunloke Park Primary, Heath Primary and St Joseph’s Primary.

October – Blachford UK’s multi-talented HR Advisor, Cohan Beatson was awarded her Level 5 in Human Resources at Chesterfield College’s graduation ceremony held at Chesterfield’s luxury hotel, Casa. Blachford UK also continued its charitable theme of 2018 sponsoring the Blachford UK Fun Run which supported Chesterfield’s Half Marathon to raise money again for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

November – Blachford UK welcomed automotive engineering expert, Patrick O’Donnell, as our NPI (New Product Introduction) Project Manager, he is responsible for efficient management of new projects from costing to design and implementation.

December – Blachford UK’s festivities began! In December the team celebrated Christmas Jumper Day in their best festive outfits to raise money for Save the Children. There was plenty of mince pies and lots of Christmas spirit – enjoying ourselves as well as helping others less fortunate. Sounds like Christmas to Blachford UK.

Wishing all of our staff and customers a very Happy Christmas and here’s to an equally successful 2019.

Blachford recognises Community Contribution at the 2018 Derbyshire Times Business Awards

Blachford UK Managing Director Jason Lippit was delighted to present Less Than Zero Barbers on Sheffield Road in Chesterfield, with the Community Contribution Award at the recent 2018 Derbyshire Times Business Awards.
Commenting on the award win, which was sponsored by Blachford UK, Martin Keyworth owner of Less than Zero Barbers said: “I am still in awe. I was gobsmacked when our name was called out at the awards. When we set up the business less than two years ago, we wanted it to be a true community barbers shop and this award recognises that we have created that.”
The award recognised Less Than Zero’s commitment to corporate social responsibility by improving the lives of local people, through working activities into the day-to-day running of the business and directly getting involved with activities that support the community outside of work.
Jason, who attended the glittering awards on 15 November, said: “I was delighted to recognise Less Than Zero Barbers at the awards; they are true community champions, making a very real difference to people’s lives in Chesterfield.
“Most of our 100+ staff live in and around Chesterfield and, to me, it’s important that they are supported not just in the work place but within the communities they live. Sponsoring the award category was a great way of recognising the many great initiatives and people that contribute to the communities in which our staff and their families and friends live.”
Less than Zero is so much more than just a barbers was recognised in the awards for its many community initiatives in both Chesterfield and Sheffield to help homeless people and people dealing with mental health issues.
The business provides free haircuts, beard trims and goody bags for those who don’t have a place to call home and also offers a non-judgemental environment where men can go and seek support for any mental health issues.
Less Than Zero Barbers opened in January 2017 and has gone from strength to strength, opening a second shop in Woodseats, Sheffield earlier this year.
Martin is passionate about helping others. He said: “Myself and the other barbers at Less Than Zero all have a skills which we can use to help others who are less fortunate than us. We all try to do what is right and help the community and offer our services free of charge to at least one person in need.”
Alongside Less Than Zero Barbers, Brighter Futures- Employability Derbyshire and Chameleon School of Construction were also shortlisted for the Community Contribution award.
The Derbyshire Times Business Awards are one of Chesterfield’s highest profile awards. This year, the glittering black-tie awards event was held at Chesterfield College and hosted by entrepreneur and former contestant on BBC 1’s The Apprentice, Jessica Cunningham.

Jason Lippitt (Left) presented award to Less Than Zero barbers.

 

Blachford UK appoints new Operations Director

Stephen Hutt has been appointed as Operations Director of Blachford UK Ltd. With a large investment plan, Stephen is charged with creating more capacity for growth.
He joins Blachford, which is one of the UK’s leading designers, engineers and manufacturers of acoustic components for industrial and agricultural vehicles, from a technical moulding solution supplier.
He brings more than 30 years’ experience within the chemicals industry to the role, including 10 years at senior levels in both engineering and process roles for national and international companies.
Stephen began his career with BP Chemicals, completing an engineering apprenticeship there before moving into a number of management roles over 18 years for subsidiaries of the world-class chemical and energy business.
As part of his role at Blachford, Stephen will utilise his business management acumen to implement a world-class manufacturing system, which is central to the company’s vision. He will also drive process development and an internal training plan covering all of Blachford’s employees at its Chesterfield headquarters.
Commenting on his appointment, Stephen said: “Blachford has a clear vision for it’s future which attracted me to the company. As Operations Director my role will be key in enabling Blachford to realise this vision in the near future.
“The company is already at the forefront of Elastomer technology and technical innovation in the field of vehicle acoustics, and with the implementation of a really terrific training programme, and world-class manufacturing systems, we can deliver a complete solution for customers, ensuring that Blachford continues to lead in its field.”
Welcoming him to the role, Jason Lippitt, Managing Director of Blachford Acoustics Group UK, added: “I am delighted to welcome Stephen to Blachford. He joins at a very exciting time, with good projected growth over the next 3 – 5 years. Stephen will play a vital role alongside the senior management team in ensuring that the company is well placed to deliver that growth.”

Blachford Boost for Chesterfield Half Marathon Fun Run

Blachford UK has agreed an exciting partnership with the Redbrick Chesterfield Half Marathon. We are sponsoring this year’s family-friendly 1km Fun Run which is supporting the Half Marathon event on Sunday 21 October.
The Blachford 1km Fun Run will take place in Queen’s Park during the main event; and it’s all in aid of local charities, including Ashgate HospiceCare and Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.
Last year more than 800 people signed up to the innaugaral Chesterfield Half Marathon and this year, even more runners are expected to take part. Blachford UK will be on hand to help out all runners as we’ve sponsored a hydration station on the day.

Blachford UK Team

As well as the 1km Fun Run, the Half Marathon will also be starting and finishing in Queen’s Park. Blachford colleagues and their families will pulling on their running shoes and taking part in both events.
The 1km Fun Run starts at 9.15am, followed 15 minutes later by runners in the main event, the Redbrik Half Marathon.
Jason Lippitt, Managing Director of Blachford UK, commented on the Fun Run sponsorship: “We are delighted to be supporting the Redbrik Chesterfield Half Marathon this year and are looking forward to the event’s return. Many of the team at Blachford are from Chesterfield, so this is a great opportunity for us to come together at the event, have some fun and raise money for the local area.”
John Timms, events director at MLS Constracts, the organisers of the Redbrik Chesterfield Half Marathon, said: “We’re really excited by our new partnership with Blachford UK.  Although it’s an international business, the company has strong community roots, particularly when it comes to raising money for good local causes such as Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice. We’re looking forward to seeing this partnership develop.”
For more information on the event or to enter the Blachford Fun Run, please visit here.

The Blachford UK runners have created a just giving page which is linked directly to Bluebell Wood Hospice, any donations are gratefully accepted for this wonderful charity

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/BlachfordUK

Blachford UK Ltd – Work Experience Surprises Tupton Hall Pupil

Blachford UK Ltd played host to a year 10 pupil from Tupton Hall School recently as part of the company’s work experience programme – and we managed to surprise him!

Sam Stewardson, who lives in Clay Cross in Chesterfield, joined the team at Blachford’s Holmewood site for two weeks to learn all about the world of work & manufacturing.

Sam said: “I don’t really know what I want to do when I leave school, so it was great to be able to see all of the different parts of the company and how they work together. I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed being in the lab.

“It was really interesting to see how the things I learn at school can actually be applied in the workplace, especially maths and chemistry.”

Under the watchful eye of the company’s Process Development Engineer, Anish Vaghela, who was once a placement student at Blachford himself, Sam got to experience all the departments at Blachford UK, even enjoying a visit to one of Blachford’s customers.

Anish added: “Sam was really great and enthusiastic. Having been in a similar position to Sam a couple of years ago when I joined Blachford, it was great to take him under my wing for a couple of weeks and show him, first-hand what a great place the company is to work at.”

Sam added: “Work experience is definitely a good thing. I would recommend Blachford to anyone seeking work experience even if they’re not sure the manufacturing industry is for them. Just to be in a workplace with such nice people has been really useful.”

Blachford UK has a number of links with local schools, providing work experience placements each year to pupils, which are designed to raise awareness of both the company as a local employer and the manufacturing industry as a whole.

Employing over 100 people at its Chesterfield site, Blachford is a leading designer and supplier of acoustic materials for automotive & industrial vehicles.

For details of job opportunities at Blachford UK, please visit http://blachford.com/careers/

Blachford Inc. Awarded 2017 Masters of Quality Award from Daimler Trucks NA

On May 15th 2018, Blachford Incorporated was presented the 2017 Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) Masters of Quality Award. This marks the 3rd time in the last 5 years that we have received this award.

The Masters of Quality Award is presented to elite Daimler Trucks suppliers in North America who are top performers in relation to quality, delivery, technology and cost performance.

In the letter from Daimler’s top executives announcing the award, they mention that the efforts of every employee in the company and the consistency of Blachford meeting and exceeding Daimler’s strict guidelines and expectations are vital to the continued success of Daimler and their end-customers.

A formal presentation of the award has yet to be announced but will take place in the near future at the production facility in West Chicago, IL.

We are honored to receive this award and we are excited to build on our established relationship with Daimler by continuing to provide the highest quality products and service.

About Blachford Inc.

Blachford Inc. is a business unit of the Blachford Acoustics Group, a leading manufacturer of acoustical and thermal products. The facility in West Chicago is also home to the Blachford Acoustics Laboratory, which spearheads research and development for the Blachford Acoustics Group.  For additional information about Blachford Inc. or the Blachford Acoustics Group, please visit http://www.blachfordacoustics.com/.

 

Blachford UK support local Children’s Hospice

Russ Hall accepts gifts on Behalf of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice

Blachford UK have supported Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice for a number of years, this Easter we selected a number of items from their Amazon Wish List to send to the Hospice.

Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice provides care for children and young adults with life-shortening and life-threatening conditions, as well as their families.  Their motto is ‘living with love & laughter’ and every day they create special memories for children, young adults and families who visit them, which they can treasure for life.

It costs over £4 million a year to keep their doors open, and they receive just 10% of their funding from statutory government sources. Everything else is funded by the amazing work that their supporters do.

Russ Hall – Corporate Fundraiser for Bluebell Wood said “We are extremely grateful for the gifts we have received and for the fundraising and support Blachford UK Ltd show us every year”.

For more information please visit http://www.bluebellwood.org/