TMAT to see if export lessons can be learnt from German Manufacturers at major conference

TMAT will be among the major British manufacturers attending an important manufacturing conference at the headquarters of digger giants JCB in Rocester, Staffordshire on Wednesday, January 22.

‘Meet The Mittelstand’ will showcase the enviable growth and development of a powerful band of often privately-owned, medium-sized German companies that have taken success in their own country on to the world stage.

The group has been credited by historians and economists for a large percentage of Germany’s economic growth and now business leaders are keen for UK businesses to learn some potentially valuable lessons.

‘Meet The Mittelstand’ will also help build links between companies in the UK and Germany and there will be specialists on hand to provide expert advice on exporting to Europe.

TMAT MD Jason Lippitt said: “German manufacturers are renowned for their success in exporting their products, services and skills, so there are clearly lessons British counterparts can learn from them.

“That said, the event might also prove to show just how much we’re doing right in our own approach.

“The list of businesses attending Meet The Mittelstand is very impressive, so the event should be a great networking and potentially new business opportunity as well.”

The conference will be chaired by BBC news correspondent Nick Higham and will provide an overview of five key characteristics of the model created by Mittelstand, which also contains companies from Austria and Switzerland.

It will focus on technology access, education and professional development, corporate structure and the stakeholder model, export strategy and stewardship.

Business leaders from Germany speaking at the event include Helmut Heinson – joint managing director of Arburg GmbH, a leading manufacturer of injection moulding and and robotic systems and Professor Engelbert Westkämper – an expert in Manufacturing Technologies and Management.

Dr Bernd Atenstaedt, the chief executive of German Industry UK (GIUK) and UK director of the Federation of German Industries, will also be at the conference to advise British companies looking for tie-ups with German counterparts.

‘Meet The Mittelstand’ will also include keynote speeches from Government Minister for Trade and Investment Lord Livingston, and former Director-General of the Confederation of British Industry Lord Digby Jones, who is now a Corporate Ambassador for JCB.

TMAT Ltd is a multi-national manufacturer of acoustic components for tractors and excavators, whose customers include Case, New Holland Tractors, JCB, and Volvo.

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

TMAT creates third of a million in sales with New Hybrid Foam Insulation Product

TMAT Ltd is expecting £370,000 in sales next year based on predicted order volumes of a hybrid foam heavy machinery system it has developed in partnership with a major OEM customer.

Capable of withstanding temperatures of up to 120 degrees Celsius and mouldable into any shape or form, the polyurethane ‘cushion’ is designed to increase airflow in order to prevent heavy machinery such as tractors and excavators from superheating and, as a result, self-regulating and losing performance.

The hybrid foam will provide a much sought-after solution to cooling and insulation issues in heavy machinery and greatly increase the efficiency of those machines, meaning savings on fuel for agricultural or construction businesses that buy and operate them.

Jason Lippitt, Managing Director of TMAT, said: “Predicted sales of this product have gone through the roof since we’ve fully developed it.

“It’s little wonder, really, considering the foam’s cooling and insulation properties and flexibility in combination with its ability to withstand such high temperatures.

“Heavy machinery overheating too soon and reducing efficiency is a huge problem for OEMs and their customers alike, and we have created an excellent solution to it – the orders clearly reflect that.”

An OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) is used to refer to a company that acquires a product or component and reuses or incorporates it into a new product with its own brand name.

TMAT Ltd is a multi-national manufacturer of acoustic components for tractors and excavators whose customers include JCB and Volvo.

Jo Joins the Elite

Our very own Jo Kisgory has joined the ranks of the elite after becoming only the 20th PA to achieve a ‘Pass with Distinction’ in the Diploma in Person Assistance (DipPA)!

Jo said of her achievement: “My recent attendance at the DipPA course delivered by APA has renewed my enthusiasm, effectiveness & passion for my role.  I have learnt how I can support the business needs and ensure that my Manager can be fully effective in his role.  I thoroughly enjoyed the course and have come back to my role knowing that I am no longer JUST a PA, I am a PA with an important position and I can make a difference!”

Jo Kisgory

Dr. Gareth Osborne of APA, who lectured on the course, said: “Jo starred throughout, she is obviously a great PA and a credit to her business TMAT. I wasn’t surprised when I was told she had joined the ranks of the elite by joining the small number of Diploma holders with a distinction. I know that some of her test answers were very sophisticated and she is not afraid of asking questions; even when it appears to some to be ‘silly’ questions. Covering all the angles is the mark of an outstanding PA, and she is.”

Everyone here at TMAT is very proud of Jo following her achievement and she’s proved to be an invaluable member of the team. Well done Jo!

TMAT creates new jobs to meet foreign demand

TMAT Ltd – the multi-national manufacturer of acoustic components for tractors and excavators whose customers include JCB and Volvo – is creating new jobs to meet increased foreign demand.

TMAT has seen increasing levels of business from markets markedly different time zones in particular since the beginning of 2013.

TMAT will adopt a new continental shift pattern to meet this demand, which will mean the factory in Chesterfield operating 24/7, therefore, requiring greater manpower.

Jason Lippitt, Managing Director of TMAT, said: “This is a paradigm shift from one way of working that suited the business needs for so long to one vital to our – and our customers’ – current and future needs.

“Businesses like ours working in a global environment with customers in different time zones need to anticipate change and adapt to it, and that is precisely what we’ve done.

“The decision to move to the continental shift pattern has already created an even greater dynamism about the place, and we look forward to the adding new blood to our enthusiastic team as the business continues to grow.”

TMAT would like to hear directly from machinery operators, maintenance engineers and other skilled engineering and factory workers. Those wishing to apply to work at TMAT should email with a CV.

Summer Fun

We recently held a summer raffle with all proceeds going to Ashgate Hospice.

The raffle was only open to current TMAT employees to win a “Supercar Triple Whammy Driving Experience”.

Congratulations to Karl McKenna, Purchasing Manager, our lucky winner!

During the day we managed to raise £70 that will be donated to Ashgate.


TMAT’s six-month report has revealed that its sales are up 6% on this time last year – outstripping the 1% improvement in sales across UK manufacturing as a whole – with gross profit up by 10%.

Such figures suggest that TMAT – the multi-national manufacturer of acoustic components for tractors and excavators – is faring six times better than the average UK manufacturing business despite operating in markets – such as construction – that are still essentially flat.   Looking ahead, TMAT is confident that the second half of the year, similarly, will return record breaking sales and profit.

The news comes at a time when TMAT has just announced that it is looking for a major new investor to come on board and help drive the business forward into the global market. Its current main shareholder, Advent Partners LLP, has instructed Orbis Partners LLP to divest its interests in TMAT Ltd – which it has helped transform from a promising manufacturing business into one that is now turning over around £12m – on the basis that it is now time to match the business with a larger group that can help accelerate the process of TMAT fulfilling its vast potential on the global market.

Jason Lippitt, MD of TMAT, said: “We were naturally really buoyed by the news that UK manufacturing is enjoying significant improvement after an extended difficult period. But to find from the six-month report that we are performing six times better was just fantastic.

“That’s not to say that we’re prepared to sit back and take it easy, and I don’t think UK manufacturing in general should do so, either: we’re a long way from being out of the woods yet.

“We’ve never – in my time here – competed on price, but rather endeavoured to deliver the best possible product and customer service and will keep working hard to ensure we continue to return these great figures.”

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

Congratulations to Jonathan Griffin of Orange Chemicals Limited who was the winner of the Fortnum & Mason Wine Hamper which was delivered earlier this week.


 As you can see Jonathan is very happy with his hamper, but let’s hope he doesn’t drink them all at once!


Thank you all for entering the recent competition to win a Fortnum & Mason Wine Hamper. The winner will be contacted in due course and announced next week.

Good luck!


Fortnum&MasonThis is your last chance to win a Fortnum and Mason Wine Hamper worth £100 as the competition is closing on Sunday 26th May.

The survey can be found here and will take no longer than five minutes of your time.


TMAT’s very own Financial Controller Laura Bawden attended Chaucer School’s Values Event day on Tuesday 14th May. Laura shared her experiences and knowledge at the Values Event, as well as showing her leadership skills and her positive perspective.

Laura is one of the first people to sign up for The Manufacturer’s recent School Governor’s campaign. The aim is to have someone from a manufacturing company on the board of governors of every state-run school in the country. Laura has started the process by becoming a member of the Chaucer School’s Business Advisory Board and she will be considered for the governor’s board should a vacancy arise.

TMAT would like to wish Laura every success with this campaign and hope that the children of the future will aspire to work within the manufacturing and engineering industry!

Laura Bawden