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RECORD-BREAKING TMAT MD WINS BUSINESS IN THE COMMUNITY AWARD

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.

TMAT APPOINTS HR MANAGER AS IT PREPARES FOR GROWTH

Multi-national manufacturer of acoustic components for tractors and excavators TMAT Ltd – which recently announced details of a record start to the year and plans to expand into Brazil – has appointed Viktoriya Brown as its first ever HR Manager.

The appointment comes as TMAT both significantly grows and diversifies its workforce to meet demand. TMAT will be looking to recruit more specialist technical staff, sales and account managers, as well as factory personnel.

With considerable growth and investment in personnel come both challenges and – more importantly – opportunities, such as recruitment, the development of talent within the organisation, putting staff members’ skills to the best possible use and training, all of which needs to be overseen and implemented by an experienced and talented HR Manager.

TMAT’S Financial Controller Laura Bawden said: “A happy workforce is a productive workforce, and Viktoriya has demonstrated to us that she has the talent and experience to help TMAT implement a robust HR policy with the aim of developing its employees to their full potential.

“There are some great opportunities to be had here at TMAT, both in Chesterfield and further afield in places like Brazil and Europe, and we are looking for the kinds of people that will take advantage of those opportunities for the mutual benefit of themselves and TMAT as a whole.”

TMAT recently announced details of a record start to the year, creating close to £2million in sales in January (£1million) and February (£900,000), smashing its own budgeted sales target for 10% growth by a further 10% in each month.

The business has a sales pipe line of some £4.5million and recently announced plans to expand into Brazil, setting up a factory there in anticipation of the planned infrastructure overhaul in the country ahead of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. TMAT will retain engineering design and intellectual property at its Chesterfield site and believes that the Brazil opportunity could well create further UK jobs as its work in Brazil generates more demand upon specialist engineering resources.

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

TMAT SMASHES ALL TARGETS AT START OF YEAR DESPITE 3.0% FALL IN UK MANUFACTURING

TMAT Ltd – the multi-national manufacturer of acoustic components for tractors and excavators – has revealed details of a record start to the year in which it has created close to £2million in sales in January (£1million) and February (£900,000), smashing its own budgeted sales target for 10% growth by a further 10% in each month.

These figures come in spite of the Monthly Business Survey by the Office for National Statistics reporting that the seasonally adjusted index fell by 2.9% in January 2013 compared with January 2012, with a 3.0% fall in UK manufacturing.

TMAT says that an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) similar to existing customers such as Case, New Holland Tractors, JCB, and Volvo that it has not previously supplied has asked for an RFQ (request for quotation).

All of this has occurred in a market that TMAT’S MD, Jason Lippitt, himself describes as ‘stagnant’ – as the Office for National Statistics’ report suggests – and which has seen an increase in intense competitor activity and aggressive pricing.

Jason was bullish, saying: “TMAT doesn’t compete on price, and we won’t cut prices or even match them to those of our competitor. If that means that we lose one or two customers along the way, then so be it.

“We firmly believe that the only way to get on in a challenging economic climate like this one, with its static market, is to provide a superior product and service to our customers. The record January and brilliant start to the year we’ve had is testament to the validity of that approach, because that is what customers really need.”

TMAT currently has a sales pipe line of some £4.5million and recently announced plans to expand intoBrazil, setting up a factory there in anticipation of the planned infrastructure overhaul in the country ahead of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. TMAT will retain engineering design and intellectual property at itsChesterfieldsite and believes that theBrazilopportunity could well create furtherUKjobs as its work inBrazilgenerates more demand upon specialist engineering resources.

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.

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

RECORD YEAR FOR VEHICLE COMPONENT MANUFACTURER – BUT MD WARNS AGAINST EXCESSIVE OPTIMISM AND COMPLACENCY AMONG UK MANUFACTURERS

TMAT Ltd – the multi-national manufacturer of acoustic components for tractors and excavators, whose customers include Case, New Holland Tractors, JCB, and Terex – enjoyed a record £4million in new business enquiries in 2012.

In spite of this good news and the widespread optimism surrounding UK manufacturing in recent months, TMAT’s Managing Director, Jason Lippitt, has warned the manufacturing industry against complacency in what remains a highly unstable economic climate.

Jason said: “It seems odd for us to be guarding against excessive optimism now when a year ago we were one of the few companies expressing positivity when everyone else seemed to be so glum, but UK manufacturers really must be cautious.

“Foreign competition is an ever-present threat to UK businesses and will become more so if the Pound strengthens against the Euro. There is also the issue of the continuing instability of the European market, which will become even shakier should – as is predicted – Greece be forced to leave the Eurozone.”

Chesterfield-based 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.

Despite the reservations Jason and TMAT have about the raft of good stories predicting sizeable imminent growth, TMAT does see itself as being at the forefront of the revival of UK manufacturing. The business is also a very keen advocate for manufacturing skills to be taught in schools.

TMAT designs and engineers innovative solutions to Noise, Vibration and Harshness for ACE (agricultural, construction, earthmoving) markets that it feels are the best in the industry. TMAT is backed by Advent Partners investment group and a £1.6 million HSBC funding package.

THE MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR AWARDS

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.

 

20 PER CENT GROWTH DRIVES RECRUITMENT AT TMAT

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 joanne.kisgory@tmatuk.com

AN AWARDING EXPERIENCE FOR TMAT

Excitement is building at TMAT as we find ourselves shortlisted for two major industry awards and in the running for a third.

During November we’ll be attending The Manufacturer of the Year Awards Ceremony in London where we’re shortlisted for the ‘SME Manufacturer of the Year’ category.  We’re up against some strong competition in this category and delighted to be in the final six companies.

Also this month, our MD Jason Lippitt will find out whether he has become the Derbyshire Times ‘Business Personality of the Year’.  Everyone at TMAT certainly thinks he’s a great business personality so we hope that the judges agree with us!

There’s also an Engineering Employers’ Federation event coming up where TMAT’s senior management team will find out whether we’re in the region’s shortlist for the EEF awards.

This year we’ve put huge investment into the company infrastructure, research and development and – most importantly – our employees, and in this difficult trading climate, we’ve grown by 20 per cent.  It’s great that our hard work and achievements are being recognised by others and everyone’s fingers are crossed that we’ll be returning with some shiny trophies!

TMAT RECRUITS GRADUATE PROJECT MANAGER

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.”

100 PER CENT DELIVERY PERFORMANCE

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.