Midlands Manufacturers say ‘Let’s Work Together’

IG Masonry SupportThree Made In The Midlands members recently joined forces to work on a tooling project for the UK’s biggest lintel and masonry support company: Keystone and IG Masonry Support Ltd.

SSC Laser Cutting (Derby division) has worked with IG Masonry Support based in Swadlincote for the past 3 years. During this time they have worked with IG on the development of new products.

IG Masonry Supports is taking the construction industry by storm with their revolutionary brick on soffit system which radically reduces labour on site. The company recently won the prestigious “Commercial Innovation Of The Year 2015” presented by Construction News Awards.

The new brick-on-soffit system called for some very high-tech tooling which SSC Laser involved fellow Made In The Midlands members Threeway Pressings and Pemberton Engineering in.

SSC Managing Director, Andy Evans said, “the need for the manufacture of specialised press tooling was beyond our expertise, however, we saw the massive potential in the product and didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to carry on working with IG on the project. During a development meeting at IG I suggested that we involved Phil Stanley, the Managing Director of Threeway Pressings in Tipton, who is a highly experienced toolmaker by trade”.
Threeway Pressings met up with IG and were soon offering solutions to the manufacturing process required to make the brackets.

A third Made In The Midlands member, Pemberton Engineering based in Willenhall was called on to design and manufacture the tooling. Operations Director, Darren Pemberton said, “Phil and Andy visited me to explain what was required, we were very confident that we could produce the tooling to give the consistency of product IG required and manufactured the tool within 4 weeks”.

IG Masonry Supports is delighted with the outcome of the collaboration of the three companies. Tim Turner, Operations Manager for the IG Swadlincote plant said “The 3 Made In The Midlands Members were determined to find a solution to our requirements and we are delighted with the outcome. We look forward to working with them on future projects”.