We have formed a strong partnership with Leicester College to provide first-hand experience to ‘Industrial Cadets’

We have recently been nurturing future industry talent, thanks to a partnership with Leicester College to offer experience to young people taking part in the nationally-recognised ‘Industrial Cadets’ programme.

Industrial Cadets forms part of the Prince’s Trust’s Engineering Education Trust – set up by the Prince of Wales to allow students nationwide to benefit from work experience across the in-demand skill areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Through the trust, cohorts of young people are able to gain valuable experience with the aim of equipping “all Prince’s Trust young people with the STEM skills needed for employment”.

A group of 35 engineering students worked with us for one week, learning directly from company directors Andy Hubbard and Matt Warne about Camloc’s specialist products and how they are manufactured.

The students were required to complete a 30 hour project as part of the programme – spending the first and last day of the week on-site with us – benefiting from a tour of the premises and carrying out a Q&A session with Andy and Matt.

“The students were given a ‘live project’ to work on – with the brief of designing either a new blast mitigation severity indicator or quick release end fitting for a gas spring,” explains Andy.

At the end of the week, the students then pitched their product designs to a panel which included Camloc directors and teachers from Leicester College. The best group at the end of the pitch process was then chosen to work up their brief further.

“Camloc has been very accommodating and provided valuable mentoring to our cadets,” said Gemma Jackson, Employability and Enterprise Manager at Leicester College. “Both Andy and Matt were great with the students. This is experience that they simply cannot gain in the classroom, and we are very grateful to Camloc for taking the time to work so closely with them.”

Andy applauded the application and enthusiasm of the students and hopes to see them go on to be great success stories in the future.

“The attitude of the students was great!” said Andy. “They took everything on board that we and the college taught them across the week, and the standard of the ideas and presentations at the end was exemplary. We are looking forward to inviting the winning teams to Camloc to further develop their ideas alongside our engineers”

Students that take part in the Industrial Cadets programme are ‘silver accredited’ upon completion and will be able to add the nationally-recognised accreditation to their CVs and portfolios.

To find out more about the range of products we manufacture, visit www.camloc.com

We have partnered with the University of Bristol for an innovative R&D project

We are currently participating in an exciting research and development project working with the University of Bristol.

Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) the project is being lead by Dr Jason Zheng Jiang, a lecturer in dynamics and control from the university’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. It focuses on creating an improved damper design in order to maximise its performance capabilities.

“Working closely with Camloc Motion Control as the experts in product design and manufacturing, our overall aim is to improve specialist design techniques and constitute a major step towards application in multiple industrial sectors – including road and rail transportation, civil engineering and aerospace engineering,” explains Dr Zheng Jiang.

Along with other commercial partners, we will be actively involved in the development  – leading on prototype manufacture – and company Director Matt Warne is pleased with the progress made so far.

“This is an incredibly exciting piece of work and we are honoured to collaborate with Dr Zheng Jiang and such a prestigious university,” says Matt. “Although still early days, this may well lead to significant improvements in the UK’s capability for advanced design, which will enable our high-end manufacturing industry to maintain its competitive edge in the future, so for Camloc to play such a pivotal role is hugely satisfying for the whole business.”

To find out more about the range of products we manufacture, visit www.camloc.com

New 10 year lease signed for our HQ as £170k worth of improvements get underway

We are delighted to announce that we have signed up to a new 10 year lease for our Leicester HQ, which will see £170k worth of improvements to both offices and the manufacturing shop floor.

Over the coming months, staff and visitors will see significant improvements to the building, totalling around £170,000, including a new roof and roof lights, providing natural lighting on the shop floor. The building – owned by landlords Charles Street Buildings Group – will also be fitted with new double glazed UPVC windows throughout, a new front entrance porch and major mains electrical works.

We underwent a management buyout last year having secured investment from Foresight Group, a leading independent equity investment manager with UK offices in Nottingham, Manchester and London. Finance Director, Julie Barker, part of the MBO team, sees the new lease as a reinforcement of the team’s commitment to the long-term future success of Camloc Motion Control.

“When we first bought the company just over a year ago, we were keen to invest money back into the business,” says Julie Barker. “These improvements are long overdue, but they will have a hugely positive impact on everyone. Camloc Motion Control is a thriving business with a bright future, and it’s great to be able to reassure our staff and customers that our Leicester HQ, development and manufacturing site will continue to be our home for at least the next decade.”