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    7.50ISSN 1759-5975

    C o n f e d e r a t i o n o f B r i t i s h M e t a l f o r m i n g

    FASTENERSChina fastener imports to UK downpage 9

    FORGINGIncreasing the life expectancy of forgingspage 15

    SHEET METALCarlton Laser invests inadvanced CNC PressBrakes from LVDpage 18

    STEELMarket moves closer to balance, whilst demand remains weakpage 26


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    PresidentAlan Shaw

    Director GeneralJohn Houseman BSc,

    Company SecretaryGeraldine Bolton MCMI, Dip.OCR, MAAT,

    Forging Sector SpecialistDr Ken Campbell

    Fastener Sector SpecialistDr John

    Sheet Metal Sector SpecialistAdrian Nicklin

    Commercial DirectorDr Alan Arthur BEng, CEng,

    AccountsChris Smith


    Marketing & Communications ManagerKirsi Lintula BA(Hons),


    Cuts, austerity, pensions, getting more from less the pressheadlines are constantly telling us how the public sectormust bear the bulk of the cuts. This comes as no surpriseto the metalforming sector; to survive in todays commercialworld we had to do all the right things for twenty years just tosurvive!

    Transfer of pensions from final salary to money purchase schemeshas been ongoing for many years now, only 11% of employeesin the private sector enjoy final salary schemes compared to94% in the public service (sadly 50% of people in the privatesector still have no pension provision whatsoever). Accordingto the Office of National Statistics (ONS) we have increasedproductivity in manufacturing 48 % from 1997 to 2007, so doingmore with less has become a way of life for our sector. Thepressure from the automotive OEMs and the cost down culturehas been embedded into the psychology of the whole supplychain, costs go up and selling prices still have to come down.Absenteeism has also been tightly controlled and managed toensure the maximum output from the leaner and time criticalprocesses, days lost in our sector through sickies are almosthalf those in local government. If absenteeism nationally wascontrolled to that in the private sector this would save theequivalent of over 30,000 teachers or 1p off income tax!!! Atthe same time people in the public sector statistically work nineyears less than their counterparts in the private sector.

    During this long period of innovation and productivity improve-ments for real engineering the public sector has created overhalf a million new jobs, many at inflated salaries and unsustainableemployment benefits, whilst their productivity has deterioratedby 2% ! It is not before time this bloated overindulgent sectoris to be pruned back severely; closing the huge gap betweenprivate and public sectors must be the priority for the CoalitionGovernment.

    Moreover the imminent cuts must reflect the true economicsof our times, perhaps then we can welcome them back into theharsh reality of the real world.

    John Houseman,CBM Director General

    METAL MATTERS ISSUE 18 ONLINE NOW! for the latest news, events & features

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    Director Generals review CBM staff

    CBM membership Welcome to our

    new members

    NEWS Institute of

    Sheet Metal Engineering JCB profitable again Volvo CE bullish

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    ENERGY Saving the planet

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    register for the mandatoryCarbon ReductionCommitment Scheme

    1 4 5 6 7

    ENERGY Building a nuclear future CBMs Climate Change

    Agreement Service

    FASTENERS China fastener

    imports to UK down

    FASTENERS Tariffs on European

    fastener exports into China

    EVENTS CBM fastener

    sector meeting

    FORGING The development of

    Ti-alloyed high strengthmicroalloy steel

    FORGING Engineering firm

    announces key appointment

    8 9 10 11 14

    FORGING Increasing the life expectancy

    of forgings

    FORGING Company Profile:

    The Barrett Engineering Steel Division

    Company Profile:Shakespeares successstory owes much to El Forge links

    SHEET METAL Carlton Laser invests in

    advanced CNC Press Brakes from LVD

    SHEET METAL Stadco works with Jaguar

    Land Rover to secure jobs and production in the UK

    Company Profile: Wrekin Sheetmetals future is bright

    COLD ROLLED Development of new

    3D roll forming applications

    15 17 18 19 21

    Confederation of British MetalformingNational Metalforming Centre, 47 Birmingham Road, West Bromwich, West Midlands B70 6PY.

    Telephone: 0121 601 6350 Enquiries: Kirsi Lintula, Marketing & Communications ManagerEmail: klintula@britishmetalforming.comWeb:

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    All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical including photocopying, recording or any information storage or retrieval system without the express prior written consent of thePublisher. ISSN 1759-5975 Metal Matters Magazine is published by Pineapple Communication Limited.Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and reliability of material published in this magazine. The Confederation of British Metalforming, Pineapple Communication Limited and its agents do not accept any responsibility for the views or claimsmade by contributors in the advertising or editorial content. Pineapple Communication Limited 2010




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