PA to TMAT Directors receives Fellowship of EPAA

Jo Kisgory, PA to TMAT Directors, has been awarded a fellowship of Executive & Personal Assistants Association (EPAA), the new national body for one of the most unique, diverse and talented professions in the working world.

As the UK’s leading professional body for Executive and Personal Assistants, EPAA’s mission is to champion, promote and develop the Assistant profession.

The association is committed to providing a supportive, inclusive, innovative and empowering environment, where our members can develop expertise to maximise effectiveness and satisfaction in their Assistant careers.

Jo, who has worked for TMAT for 12 years, said of her EPAA fellowship: “The role of a PA is fairly unique, challenging but ultimately rewarding one.

“It takes dedication, good judgement and versatility, so I’m delighted to be recognised by my profession and EPAA, and it is also reassuring to know that we now have an association that both represents and supports PAs in their challenging roles.”

TMAT’s Theresa Completes Charity Skydive

TMAT employee Theresa Morton has raised an amazing £1386 Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice with a skydive.


Theresa Morton following her skydive

Bluebell Wood in North Anston, Sheffield, cares for and supports children and young adults with a shortened life expectancy and a range of complex medical needs. It offers a range of services, including: day care; respite care; end of life treatment and care; community support; and a young adults group.

Bluebell Wood is a place filled with laughter and love. Families are given the chance to relax, take a break and have fun. It organises fun activities for families to create special memories together, including soft play, gardens, a sensory room and play/music therapy areas.

Sessions for children and families include play and music therapy, bereavement counselling, and befriending amongst others.

Bluebell Wood is only one of 53 children’s hospices in the country. Whilst at the Hospice, families can use of all the facilities, including delicious home-cooked meals, which takes the extra stress away from family members. This means that this precious time can be spent together as a family to have fun and create special memories. In addition, the staff team organises trips and experiences tailored to each family. Children and families can have their own space in surroundings very different from a typical healthcare setting, and they can come and go as they wish. Many of the families enjoy being able to take their loved ones around the extensive gardens.

The hospice has two ‘end of life’ suites named Primrose and Forget-Me-Not.

These purpose built accommodation suites are where families can stay after their child has passed away, giving them the space and time to say their special goodbyes.

The child stays in a special room very close to their parent’s bedroom, so they are never far from each other. Team members also create special keepsakes, including hand and foot moulds and memory box items. The team also provide emotional and practical support through this very tough time.

Families are welcome to stay in the suites, which are complete with their own lounge and dining facilities, until their child’s funeral. This gives family members and friends the opportunity to visit at any time.

Theresa said of Bluebell Wood: “I speak from the heart when I say that the work they do is absolutely fantastic – the staff are so committed and compassionate.”

Theresa continues to raise money for Bluebell Wood and also recently ran the Retford Half Marathon in support of it.


TMAT Appoints new Operations Director

TMAT – the global manufacturer of acoustic components for industrial and agricultural vehicles – has appointed Matthew Stanway to the role of Operations Director.

Matthew brings over 28 years of manufacturing experience, having started his career as an apprentice engineer for Rolls Royce. Subsequently, Matthew has held a variety of leadership roles in the UK, Japan and Italy in a number of industry sectors, including Aerospace, Automotive and FMCG.

Together with his engineering, process and business management knowledge, Matthew brings a culture of lean manufacturing to TMAT. His new role will see him take full responsibility for all operational aspects of the company’s Chesterfield based facility, as well as purchasing and planning.

On his appointment, Jason Lippitt, TMAT managing director, said:

“Throughout his career, Matthew has demonstrated principled leadership and has a strong track record of delivering positive change. We are really looking forward to acting on Matthew’s ideas to take our operations to the next level.”

Matthew Stanway added:

“I’m delighted to be joining TMAT, a company that has such a strong reputation in the design and manufacture of the best acoustic solutions in the business. My aim is to build on TMAT’s existing Research & Development and engineering excellence, and position the business as a world class manufacturing facility.”

TMAT – which forms part of the Blachford Acoustics Group – designs and engineers innovative solutions to Noise, Vibration and Harshness for Industrial Vehicles that it knows are the best in the industry.

Blachford Inc. Awarded Cat Platinum Status

In December of 2015, Blachford Incorporated was awarded Platinum status by Caterpillar in accordance with the Caterpillar Supplier Quality Excellence Process. Blachford employees have worked tirelessly to achieve this highly-sought after accolade, building off previously earned status of Gold, Silver and Bronze. This is the top distinction offered by Cat among its plethora of suppliers and Blachford are honoured to be recognized as a Platinum supplier. A formal presentation was due to take place at Blachford on Monday, January 25th 2016.
Blachford Inc. was most recently awarded Gold certification in December of 2013 and  are proud of the relationship they have built with Caterpillar, which began over 40 years ago. The drive to exceed customer expectations has been essential to the evolution of the product line and helps  to provide unparalleled solutions in a variety of markets.
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

TMAT Donates Cash to Sheffield Children’s Hospice

TMAT will be spreading goodwill via email this year after donating its festive greetings card budget to Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, which offers care and support to children with shortened life expectancy, both in their own homes and its hospice in North Anston, Sheffield.

The Christmas donations comes on the back of one of our employees, Shane Nettle having his head shaved and legs waxed before cycling 17 miles to the hospice to deliver proceeds of his bold fundraising efforts.

In addition, we are also holding a non-uniform day on Wednesday 23rd December, when all staff will be donning festive wear in return for a charity donation.  In the new year we will also be organising a ‘Bag it up week’.  Staff will be encouraged to fill bags with unwanted items.  The items will then be sold in Bluebell Wood’s charity shops.


Thrill Seeking TMAT Recruit Takes Fundraising to New Heights

Siân Hinds originally from Buckley in North Wales, recently joined TMAT as a Key Account Manager.  Siân’s talents spread far beyond engineering, she recently took to the skies above Sheffield and completed her first ever skydive in aid of Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Along with five fearless team mates, Siân completed the hair-raising challenge to help raise funds for the hospital as a thank you to the doctors and nurses who saved a friends’ daughter.  At only five weeks old, Amelia Beck had a cardiac arrest due to an undetected heart condition.   Thankfully, Amelia is now a very healthy and lively three and half year old.

Siân Hinds pictured with Amelia & Kieran Beck

Siân Hinds pictured with Amelia & Kieran Beck

In her role at TMAT, Siân will focus on becoming a consistent link between customers and TMAT.   Her client portfolio includes international machinery manufacturers such as JCB, Kubota, NACCO, Fritzmeier and Jungheinrich.

Jason Lippitt, TMAT Managing Director, said: “Siân certainly has very high ambitions!  We are delighted to have such a determined young engineer in the business. It’s always great to welcome new faces in the business, especially those with a real enthusiasm for taking TMAT to the next level.”

Commenting on her appointment, Siân Hinds added:

“I’m looking forward to more office based challenges from now anyway!  I’m keen to get involved and learn about new products.  I’m particularly excited at the prospect of being part of the Blachford Acoustics Group.”

TMAT employee to raise £1,000 for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice

TMAT employee hopes to raise £1,000 for Sheffield children’s hospice with shaving stunt and cycle ride.

Shane Nettle – Stores Controller at Chesterfield-based global engineering firm TMAT – hopes to raise £1,000 for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice by shaving his head and having his legs waxed before cycling 20 miles to deliver the money to the hospice in North Anston, Sheffield.

Shane will be having his head shaved and legs waxed at TMAT on Friday 17th July and then, once he has collected all the donations, will be cycling to Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice on the afternoon of Friday 31st July.

TMAT has said that it will match any donations Shane raises.

Shane was inspired to try to raise money for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice when TMAT asked its staff to make donations during Easter 2015, to help provide art materials for the children.

Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice offers care and support to children with a shortened life expectancy, both in their own homes and at their hospice in North Anston. The charity relies on donations to provide this service, receiving less than 10% statutory funding.

Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice recently opened a new charity shop in Chesterfield, to help raise vital funds for the service.

Shane said: “It may seem like a bit of a wacky thing to do, but I just wanted to do my bit to help support Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in the extraordinary work it does for the children there.”

“I’m hoping this appeal will inspire as many people as possible to come forward to support me and, ultimately, the hospice itself.”

Shane Nettle - Stores Controller

Shane Nettle – Stores Controller swaps forklift for bicycle

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Managing Director, Jason Lippitt, recently raised more than £1,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support when he took place in the gruelling Ironman triathlon in Staffordshire.

TMAT helping to inspire the next generation

TMAT is deeply passionate about encouraging young people to consider a career in engineering and manufacturing.

So, we’re delighted that we will have two school-age work experience students joining us this week (29th June 2015) to find out what it’s like to work in an industry and environment like ours.

One of them will work on our busy shopfloor helping create world-leading acoustic solutions that will be used in industrial and agricultural vehicles across the globe. The other will spend two weeks finding out what it’s like to be part of the busy Finance Department of global engineering firm with big ambitions.

We’re confident that both will find their respective experiences incredibly valuable, as they plan for adult and working life – and we very much hope that their time with us will inspire them to consider a career in the exciting world of manufacturing and engineering!

TMAT employees donate to Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice

This Easter employees at TMAT are being asked to make donations to help provide art materials for children at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in Sheffield.

The team are hoping to raise £250, which will be used to buy paper, glitter, paint and other art materials to help brighten the lives of children using the services at the hospice.

Jason Lippitt, MD at TMAT, says “The work that Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice do is extraordinary and a vital service for many families, so we wanted to help support them in continuing their great work.

Hopefully these art materials will go some way to help the team in supporting children and their families.”

Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice offers care and support to children with a shortened life expectancy, both in their own homes and at their hospice in North Anston. The charity relies on donations to provide this service, receiving less than 10% statutory funding.

Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice recently opened a new charity shop in Chesterfield, to help raise vital funds for the service.

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.”