MEP champions GB manufacturing in East Midlands

TMAT Ltd welcomed MEP for the East Midlands Emma McClarkin to its factory this week to officially open its new state-of-the-art laboratory and to be shown a Case New Holland Tractor that is fitted out with TMAT’s acoustic polyurethane products. The new lab, which is part of TMAT’s three-quarter million pound investment into the site will drive innovation and technology and is part of TMAT’s plans for continued value-added manufacturing and growth.

MEP Emma McClarkin cut the ribbon to open the new lab and commented to the employees at TMAT: “The new lab and Dr Ken Kendall illustrates the commitment that TMAT has to research and development and innovation so that the company can continue to grow.”

Manufacturing is not dead in the UK and Emma was encouraged to see TMAT’s workforce has doubled and that the company is making a huge contribution to exporting, with more than half of its sales going to Europe, Asia and the Americas.

In her address to the company she said: “I am here to make sure that what comes out of Brussels and the European Union doesn’t hamper UK businesses but aides them so that the UK can remain competitive…I’m so thrilled to see such a hub of activity here in Chesterfield knowing that its making such a difference to the future of manufacturing.”

The Case New Holland Tractor was supplied by Colin Larkin, Plant Manager and CPO based in Basildon: “We make 120 vehicles a day at the UK plant and excellent delivery policies and good premium products is what is required. I can see a huge difference in the plant since my last visit almost five years ago and TMAT is going in the right direction. All of its team should be encouraged to learn the new skills required to drive new technology and innovation and develop the plant further.”

TMAT Ltd, is a multi-national manufacturer of polyurethane acoustic components for the ACE (agricultural-construction-earthmoving) markets.

Jason Lippitt talks budget with ITV Tonight

Jason Lippitt, MD TMAT, is a member of the ITV Business Club and has been invited to represent manufacturing in Yorkshire and put forward his thoughts on today’s 2012 Budget plans. Tonight from 18:00 Jason will take up a position on the ITV Calendar’s couch alongside a couple of other representatives from the ITV Business Club panel. Yesterday a camera crew from ITV spent a couple of hours filming at TMAT’s site to be used in tonight’s news.

21st March ITV Calendar News from 18:00


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”.

TMAT Apprenticeships parliament recognition

TMAT Ltd was recently invited to a Champagne Parliamentary Reception to congratulate the company for its contribution to apprenticeships.

The multi-national manufacturer’s MD, Jason Lippitt, was delighted to attend the House of Commons which included speakers Simon Waugh, Chief Executive of the National Apprenticeship service and John Hayes MP, Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning who unveiled the ‘New Era of Apprenticeships’.

TMAT was congratulated by the Minister for their successful track record in mentoring and supporting apprentices and fully embracing the government’s policy.

Jason Lippitt, MD said:

“It was an honour to be invited to such a prestigious event and TMAT pledges to support the New Era of Apprenticeships.”

TMAT has already fully embraced the ‘New Era of Apprenticeships’ by currentlyhaving 20 apprenticeship scheme positions filled by one of the recession’s hardest hit age gaps, 16-24 year-olds. TMAT encourages an investment in people, as Jason Lippitt, MD said:

“It is time to ‘get with apprenticeships’ and nurture the young talent”.

TMAT – member of ITV Business Club Yorkshire

Jason Lippitt, MD will be attending the ITV studios today to meet with the Business News team.

The purpose of the Yorkshire Business Club is to paint a picture of business in the region with Business Correspondent, David Hirst. He will be asking TMAT and other businesses in Yorkshire our opinions on issues such as government policies and changes in the economic climate.

Presenter, Duncan Wood will be hosting round-table discussions over the year so the businesses in the club can get together to talk about important issues such as the jobless figures or inflation. It also means that the group of businesses can learn how each other is surviving, learn what challenges we all face and discuss how we responded to the changes to facilitate our survival in this tough economic environment.

Look out for TMAT featuring on ITV news soon.

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.

The Results

EEF Awards and the Derbyshire Times Business Awards results.

TMAT was delighted to be runners up all the awards.

MD, Jason Lippitt said:

“The EEF Awards was a brilliant event. TMAT was a finalist for the region, the Midlands [a huge geographical area], in the top five. TMAT wasn’t competing with companies on the same scale, they were some huge, multi-million pound businesses. So it was an absolute delight to sit alongside them on the day.”

TMAT lost out to Caterpillar in the regional finals for the Business Growth Award.

He continued:

“The Derbyshire Times Business Awards were also good fun and it was fantastic to meet other local businesses and see such worthy candidates all come together. TMAT was a finalist for the Manufacturing Award but was pipped to the post by Cathelco and runner up Donkins. Again, a massive honour to be a finalist among such great manufacturers.”

TMAT to grow with £1.6 million investment

We have secured a funding package with HSBC worth £1.6m.

We work with some of the world’s biggest heavy plant manufacturers, including: Case, New Holland Tractors, JCB, Komatsu and Volvo Construction and employs more than 100 people.

Over the last three years we have seen rapid growth and confidence develop in the business and we are exporting our products all over the globe throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas.

The funding will enable TMAT to expand further into global markets and continue its product development plan, innovating new technologies specialising in Polyurethane Elastomer products.

Working with our clients we are able to design and develop bespoke applications that perform better and significantly reduce costs.

For the past two years Advent Partners has played a major role in supporting TMAT as key investors in the business.

Jason Lippitt, Managing Director at TMAT, said:

“Having grown by more than 25% in 2010 and recording record sales each quarter, it’s been quite a year for the company. We have secured new contracts that will ensure on-going growth over the forthcoming years. The partnership with HSBC underscores the bright future for us as a business and the manufacturing industry as a whole.”

TMAT shortlisted for awards

TMAT is pleased to announce that it has been shortlisted for three awards.

The Derbyshire Times Business awards:

Shortlisted for the Manufacturing Award and Business Personality of the Year Award.

TMAT had to demonstrate a modern and efficient approach to manufacturing, commitment to excellence, innovation in research and development, a track record of training and development and the desire to promote the area as a centre for manufacturing excellence.

TMAT entered Jason Lippitt for the Business Personality award and had to demonstrate how his leadership and commitment has made a quantifiable difference to the company.

TMAT was also shortlisted for the the EEF Manufacturing Award for Business Growth.

This award is given to companies which show significant growth in this difficult economic climate.

Watch this space for the results.