Lawton Tubes has supplied 120
miles of medical gas copper
pipes in the last six months
Major pandemic role for copper pipe maker
A family-run engineering company in
Coventry is playing a major role in
the UK’s response to Covid-19 after
supplying more than 120 miles of
medical gas copper pipes in just six
Lawton Tubes, which celebrated
its 100th anniversary in 2018,
switched the majority of its
production to cater for demand from
the NHS and healthcare providers
for its copper tubes that are the
preferred natural, 100% recyclable,
safe means of carrying medical
gasses from the plant room to the
In the UK alone, the rm
supplied enough product to equal
that of phase one of HS2, whilst
also supporting the response of 30
countries across the world.
Rob Lawton, Lawton Tubes’
business development director, said:
“The biggest NHS project by far was
the work we did at Nightingale
Birmingham, where we successfully
supplied 10 miles of our copper
tube and thousands of our copper
ttings for a massive medical mains
Regular investment in new
warehousing, equipment and
training has seen the rm post yearon
year growth for the last decade,
with turnover touching £155m and a
workforce of just over 100.
NUM subsidiary donates CNC
package to university in Taiwan
The Taiwan subsidiary of French
CNC maker NUM has donated a
CNC hardware and software
package to the National Formosa
University (NFU) in Huwei district.
The package forms part of a
major control upgrade to one of two
precision tool grinding machines in
the university’s College of
The upgrade project is being
handled by the machine’s
manufacturer, Top Work - one of
Taiwan’s leading producers of tool
Based in Taichung City and only
a few miles away from NUM’s
Taiwan facility, Top Work has
collaborated with NUM on numerous
Adrian Kiener, NUM Taiwan CSO
Asia and managing director, said:
“We became aware that the control
software on one of the NFU’s
original Top Work grinding machines
was starting to impose limitations,
so we decided to donate a
complete CNC system.”
The system comprises NUM’s
latest generation Flexium+ 68 CNC
hardware and software, together
with a number of the company’s
high performance digital
Synetiq – the UK’s largest vehicle salvage and recycling company – is to expand
and invest in its Winsford site, as the UK gears up for a shift to purely electric
vehicles from 2035.
The planning is now underway and will see the site in Cheshire
become the home of the rm’s new cutting-edge facility for processing
electric vehicles (EVs) – the rst of its kind in Europe.
With the announcement by the UK government of a ban on all new
petrol-and diesel-only cars by 2030, the company said the move will
“support its ambition to drive sustainability, innovation, compliance and
customer experience agendas, whilst delivering great value for clients”.
In addition to the bespoke EV processing capability, there will also be
further investment in facilities including concreting, large-scale racking
systems, purpose-built depollution facilities, as well as remodelled
premium dismantling and parts and EV battery storage facilities. Winsford
will still operate as a premium salvage and online auction site.
Engineering solutions provider Deritend has been announced as a preferred
supplier to IESA in a deal that could be worth up to £1m a year.
The company, which recently completed a major relocation project to
larger facilities in West Bromwich, has completed the quality assurance
exercise required to be listed in the motor and gearbox category.
Deritend will now be part of the global outsourcing specialist’s central
list of suppliers that rms like AstraZeneca, Bentley, Michelin and Molson
Coors use for their maintenance, repair and operational (MRO) needs.
The rm was added as a preferred supplier after a year-long
discussion, a number of assessments and the creation of a team to
respond to enquiries within 24 hours and provide immediate technical
support and access to industry-leading equipment and solutions.
Richard Hale, Deritend Group chief executive of cer, said: “This is a
big moment for our business and one that will hopefully lead to lots of
new opportunities for us across multiple sectors.
“It’s a really good t as IESA is looking to offer move than just
products and want suppliers who can deliver solutions, something we are
experts in.” He estimates it will be worth £1m in the rst year of business.
Neil Jackson, IESA supplier relationship manager, added: “We need
suppliers who have experience in all of these areas. Deritend meets this
requirement and, importantly, can help us add value to our clients by
providing technical advice that could overcome a production issue,
achieve greater ef ciencies and save costs.”
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