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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.

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