As a manufacturer of products used globally for a variety of different industries, we were very proud to be involved with the Black Country LEP's Made in the Black Country Showcase Exhibition at Parliament on the 1st November.
Joining forces with Ian Austin MP for Dudley North, the event at the Houses of Parliament, showcased goods manufactured in the Black Country and sold across the world, and saw 39 MPs, 2 Lords, 53 company representatives and 150 other visitors attend.
In addition to Techniswage, other companies showcased included Kirkpatrick in Walsall - the only remaining traditional black ironmongery in the UK and Rimstock, a leading manufacturer of alloy wheels in West Bromwich.
Visitors on the day also saw a demonstration of HVM City: The Opportunity Gateway, a new online portal for the region, which allows companies to register tender opportunities as well as companies and individuals being able to access tender opportunities.
The event was a fantastic way to showcase the vast skilled manufacturing companies the Black Country has to offer. Of the 455,400 people working in the Black Country, 103,725 of these people work in high value manufacturing jobs across 7,656 high value manufacturing businesses. This makes the Black Country one of the UK's leading supply chain centres within the automotive and aerospace sectors. At Techniswage, we are proud to be one of these businesses.
Discussing the showcase exhibition, Boris Johnson MP, Foreign Secretary said: “I spent part of my early working career in Wolverhampton and I remember all the traditional industries in the Black Country so it’s fantastic to see so many businesses in advanced manufacturing such as aerospace, automotive, digital media and film production. I am impressed by the new industries, new businesses and new investment in the Black Country.”
His comments were echoed by Ian Austin MP for Dudley North, who said: “Manufacturing is a really important part of the Black Country’s heritage but I want to show that hi-tech manufacturing, science and technology has a bright future in the region too. I want people in London to understand that we are bringing new industries and new jobs to the area to strengthen the local economy and boost prosperity. That’s why I’m delighted to be able to organise this event in Parliament again this year, where our brilliant local producers and manufacturers can show off their work to MPs from across the country.”