Swift-Cut Automation has won a 2018 Queen’s Award for International Trade, which the company says recognises the success achieved since commencing its mission to expand globally.
Following its inception in 2011, Swift-Cut has risen from a company designing and manufacturing just one CNC plasma cutting table in the UK, to a global success story – launching a full range of products in 35 countries and exporting over 80% of business globally.
Swift Cut’s international global development director Neil Smith says: “We are thrilled that our growth and success in overseas markets has been recognised by the Queen’s Award, arguably the most prestigious business accolade in the UK and a testament to our products, our team and our vision.” Dr Liam Fox, Secretary of State for International Trade, recently opened Swift-Cut’s new factory and said: “Success stories like Swift-Cut Automation are flying the flag for British quality and expertise, bringing a boost to their local economies.”
For further information www.swift-cut.co.uk
TDT Technology, the official UK and Ireland importer, sales distributor and service agent for several international machine tool manufacturers, has appointed Tim Stell as area sales manager.
Having started his career in 1980 as a technical services engineer at Butler Machine Tools, Stell became sales manager at the renamed Asquith Butler in 1994. He left the company in 1997 to join TW Ward CNC Machinery, first as UK sales manager, then engineering manager. After more than 13 successful years, Stell re-joined Asquith Butler
in 2010 as business development manager.
For further information www.tdt-technology.co.uk
The MTA, which owns and organises the MACH exhibition, says that the number of trade visitors to this year’s show was up 5% on the equivalent figure for the last edition in 2016.
Some 23,125 trade visitors came into the halls at the NEC on 9-13 April. A total of 19,445 of those visitors registered directly with MACH (a 7% increase on 2016), while an additional 3680 registered with one of the co-located exhibitions and visited MACH too. The total number of visitors – including students – who toured the exhibition was 24,654.
Around 10% more machines were lifted into position than in 2016, which helped to drive a 24% increase in the number of visitors who attended for more than one day, up to 1889. Wednesday 11 April was the peak day, with 7331 trade visitors inside the venue. This year saw the exhibition move halls to the newer Atrium side of the NEC, which enabled MACH to be presented in a single space, on one level.
For further information www.machexhibition.com