On Friday 24th April, we were privileged to be able to attend the official opening of Dudley Advance Engineering College along with TV’s Professor Brian Cox.
It was an honour for director, Paul Fellows and works manager, Andy Durham to be able to attend the event as Techniswage and Dudley Advance Engineering College have forged an effective working partnership over the last few years, having recruited apprentice, Kyle Botha from the college. This is a partnership that continues to develop as Techniswage continue to invest in the latest generation talent by mentoring three of the college’s current engineering students.
Talking at the official opening, physicist and presenter of BBC science programmes including the Wonders of… series, Brian Cox reflected on his time as a physics undergraduate at the University of Manchester and reminisced about his time spent machining and operating lathes.
The professor of particle physics also urged students to shoot for the stars and spoke about the tremendous shortage of engineers and scientists in the UK. Commenting on this, Brian Cox discussed how he had spoken to students around the campus and stressed how the problem does not lie with a shortage of students of the STEM subjects, but with the country’s need to provide more facilities like Dudley Advance Engineering College as the demand is obviously there.
He then went on to congratulate everybody that was involved in the opening of the college, which he described as “deeply impressive”.
See the video of the official opening below.
Having been approached by BAE Systems to help on improving an existing design of lightening conductor guarding the carbon fibre radar dome for the fleet of Type 45’s.
Techniswage were able to fulfil their requirement through their subcontractor Lola. The brief was to reduce the diameter of a stainless steel tube in a stepped form to a smaller diameter over 2 metres in order to throw off vortexes created when the air circulated around the straight (non tapered) existing lightening conductor poles. The process was successful and all seven Destroyers were fitted out with the new system within the short window of 5 weeks whilst in dock.
The Birmingham Post (Graeme Brown, Regional Business Editor - 30.04.13) reported on the success of Techniswage in their Business pages.
Techniswage have seen a 30% increase in revenue since helping to make the stainless steel tubes that formed the famous Olympic cauldron centrepiece.
Techniswage have invested £100,000 in new equipment as a result of the increase in orders, including production for GKN Driveline of the new Maserati variant's prop shafts. Click here to read full article.