Bunting Sponsors #BikeBoatBoot Challenge for Tŷ Hafan

10nTaff Day 1 climbing Carnedd Llewellyn and Carnedd Dafydd

Bunting is sponsoring a group of dads and uncles of children supported by the South Wales children’s hospice Tŷ Hafan who are taking on the 2024 #BikeBoatBoot challenge to raise awareness of and funds for the charity. The group of thirteen men plan to hike, cycle off-road and kayak the length of Wales in four-days.

10nTaff Day 1 climbing Carnedd Llewellyn and Carnedd Dafydd

Figure 1 – Paul Fears on the top of Carnedd Dafydd on the #10nTaff

Bunting is one of the world’s leading magnetics companies, with two manufacturing facilities in the United Kingdom. Bunting-Redditch focuses on the design and manufacture of separation and detection equipment including magnetic separators, eddy current separators, metal detectors and electrostatic separators. Bunting-Berkhamsted designs and manufactures magnets, magnet assemblies, and magnetising equipment.

Tŷ Hafan is a leading and much-loved charity that provides life-changing care and support to children with life-shortening conditions and their families who live in Wales. All the dads and uncles taking part in the challenge are supported by the hospice. The team is made up from dads who have lost children and those still whose children continue to receive care and support from the wonderful staff at the hospice.

The #BikeBoatBoot challenge is the third in a trilogy of challenges undertaken by the dads and uncles, each sponsored by Bunting. In 2018, the team completed the #5in55, climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon), Cadair Idris, and Pen-y-Fan in 55 hours. In 2022, the team returned for the #10nTaff, climbing the five highest mountains in North Wales, then the five highest in South Wales, before cycling off-road 53 miles from Brecon to Cardiff. The #10nTaff was also completed in just over 55 hours.

Figure 2 – The team at the top of mountain 10 on the #10nTaff

Following the #5in55, the team’s fundraising efforts were recognized by Just Giving with the Fundraising Team of the Year award. By completing the two challenges, the team has raised over £75,000 for the hospice. The team is aiming to exceed previous year’s fundraising for the #BikeBoatBoot challenge, with support possible via the team’s Just Giving page ‘Bike Boat Boot Challenge for Tŷ Hafan’.

The #BikeBoatBoot challenge involves travelling the length of Wales on off-road cycle paths, mountain hiking trails, and kayaking along the whole length of Lake Bala. The estimated distance is over 200 miles, with the team climbing nearly 18,000 feet.

“Our 2024 challenge is an ultimate and very unique Welsh triathlon,” says Paul Fears, Bunting’s Press Officer and participant in the latest challenge, “and it is tougher and longer than any previous challenge we have undertaken.”

Dads and family members of children supported by Tŷ Hafan are joined by staff from the hospice and key sponsors on this extreme challenge. In all, there are currently 13 team members: Anthony Boggis, Chris Thomas, Dan Forbes, Gareth Jenkins, Georgie Fear, James Meacham, Jason Foster, Laurence Morgan, Lee Morgan, Lloyd Davies, Matthew Evans, Patrick Lord and Paul Fears.

Says Paul, “Many of the participating dads have lost children, whilst other families still receive care and support from Tŷ Hafan. Taking on the challenge is as much about men’s mental health challenges as it is about raising awareness of and funds for the hospice.

“It is widely reported that men do not talk and the #BikeBoatBoot challenge gives a group of dads and uncles the opportunity to be together and support each other in the many weeks of training leading up to the challenge and the event itself.

“When I lost my son in February 2023 my whole world literally fell apart. I was and still am numb.

“As a family we have had amazing support from Tŷ Hafan, but as a dad I’ve had incredible support from other dads. I can talk to them about things that nobody wants to discuss. That support has and still is precious. I’m not sure what I would have done without it.”

“Bunting’s support makes this challenge possible. I cannot thank them enough.”

Mountains Waun Fach and Pen y Gadair Fawr in the Black Mountains. Mountains 9 and 10 on the 10nTaff Challenge for Ty Hafan

To support the dads and uncles on the #BikeBoatBoot challenge, please go to their Just Giving page ‘Bike Boat Boot Challenge for Tŷ Hafan’.

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Mountains Waun Fach and Pen y Gadair Fawr in the Black Mountains. Mountains 9 and 10 on the 10nTaff Challenge for Ty Hafan

Medical-Spec Package Arrives in Ireland

As part of Sumitomo (SHI) Demag’s expanding presence in Ireland, the company’s newly-kitted out showroom, testing and tool trial facility in Limerick recently took delivery of a high-speed IntElect S 100 medical-specification production cell.

Responding to one of the greatest challenges for medical manufacturers – constant high output, rigorous technical requirements and high precision – the IntElect S 100 delivers the repeatability and accuracy required for highly demanding applications. Specifically, the production of pipette tips, vials, drug delivery devices and pen style injectors.

Transported direct from Fakuma 2023, the IntElect S 100 machine’s ability to accommodate various tool configurations and automation options, combined with its energy efficiency, makes this machine the natural choice for producing high-volume medical components with the greatest precision.
The controlled acceleration and deceleration injection speeds underpins this medical machine’s success, notes the company’s Medical Business Development Director Anatol Sattel. “When there is no margin for error, the IntElect’s highly dynamic direct drive technology can react quicker to the injection speed changes. This not only delivers a faster cycle time but ensures the optimal product quality. All of this results in a faster ROI.”

Featuring direct drives that are renowned for being clean, cool, fast and quiet, the 0.14 seconds required to reach the IntElect´s maximum injection speed of 350mm/sec opens up the process window in critical areas where  the difference between overfilling, a full part or a short shot, can be very small. This filling speed can also help to prevent core shifts in applications like pipette tips that are more susceptible to the forces associated with slow injection speeds.

With the company’s medical drive systems tailored to the applications, customers in Ireland will soon be able to see how features like these help to lower energy consumption and reduce the amount of heat having to be dissipated from air-conditioned environments. All combining to help reduce operating costs.

Process optimisation, enhanced productivity and TCO can have the biggest impact on profitability. Again, these are greatly enhanced by this medical cell’s high-performance drives. Comprehensive lifetime tests performed on both the machines and components confirm that spindles tested under the toughest production conditions showed no signs of visible wear, even after millions of cycles.

“Having our very own medical machine in Ireland now gives customers a high-spec package to support validations, run tool trials and provide valuable process optimisation training to technicians. We are anticipating this machine will generate a lot of interest from medical moulders in Ireland. Combined with the IntElect S 180 machine already installed at our new Limerick facility, we now have the ability to demonstrate a range of AI and connectivity features to customers in all sectors. Critically, customers can benefit from the convenience of running tests and trials on site, without having to travel overseas. We look forward to welcoming customers from the first week of January 2024,” emphasises UK & Ireland Director Dave Raine.

FANUC joins industry calls for UK manufacturing strategy

FANUC UK Managing Director, Tom Bouchier, has this morning (Tues 14 Nov) called on the government and political leaders to develop a cross-party strategy to secure the future of UK manufacturing. Speaking live at the FANUC Open House event in Coventry, he stated: “Make UK’s recent report has identified that 99% of manufacturers want an industrial strategy, and 87% believe it would give their business a long-term vision. What we need now is a coherent, joined up strategy for manufacturing, with cross-party consensus, to give businesses the certainty they so badly need. As the only developing country without an industrial strategy, we’re in danger of being left behind if we can’t deliver this soon.”

Increasing productivity

Taking place 14-16 November at FANUC’s UK headquarters in Ansty Park, Coventry, the Open House event is showcasing the latest innovations in automation and robotics to help manufacturers improve the efficiency and productivity of their factories, as well as alleviate labour shortages.

In attendance this morning was Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, who encouraged businesses to embrace automation: “Manufacturing is a worldwide, competitive race and in order for UK firms to be competitive, they need to increase their productivity. Automation solutions such as those on display at the FANUC Open House can help UK companies to remain competitive in the long term. What’s happening here is really important for the future of our economy.”

Overcoming barriers to automation

Encompassing panel debates, case studies, 35 exhibitors, live robot demonstrations and the finals of the WorldSkills UK Industrial Robotics competition, the FANUC Open House brings together leading figures from the world of robotics, automation, manufacturing and academia to showcase the latest cutting-edge innovations that are changing the face of UK factories.

The morning’s first panel debate, focusing on overcoming barriers to automation, featured insights from industry leader Stuart Whitehead of the Jefferson Group, who stated: “Many UK firms are still addicted to cheap manual labour, focusing on short-term costs rather than long-term gains.”

The panel agreed that highlighting the longer-term paybacks of automation – including increased efficiency and sustainability gains, as well as compensating for worker shortages – is key to encouraging greater uptake of robotics in the UK.

Inspiring future talent

In addition to showcasing the latest automation innovations to manufacturers, one of the event’s main aims is to encourage more young people to pursue a career in engineering. While day one centres on the future of manufacturing and day two tackles sustainability, day three will focus solely on education, featuring presentations by current and past apprentices as well as the live final of the WorldSkills UK industrial robotics competition.

Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, said:

“One of my takeaways from today is that there are legions of opportunities here for young people. I’ve seen for myself by talking to the WorldSkills UK participants some of the brilliant talent that’s coming through. Engineering offers a very vibrant career pathway for our young people, stimulated by events such as FANUC’s Open House.”

Interplas returns for biggest show in 21 years! Celebrating 75 years of connecting the UK plastics industry

Celebrating 75 years of connecting the UK plastics industry Interplas returns for biggest show for 21 years!

The UK’s No.1 plastics event, Interplas is set to take place at the end of the month, on 26-28th
September at the NEC, Birmingham.

This year’s event, a celebration of 75 years of Interplas and its forerunners, will see over 530 exhibitors
present on the show floor, alongside a host of conference sessions and features designed to elevate
UK manufacturing’s knowledge of the latest plastics technology from around the globe.

Just some of the exhibitors at the show include Arburg, Engel, Krauss Maffei, Wittmann Battenfeld,
Sepro, Mouldshop, TH Plastics, Bole, Summit Systems, Borche, Haitian, Motan Colortronic, Simoldes,
UK Extrusion, Negri Bossi, Billion, Piovan, Bausano, Ultra Polymers, Hasco, Distrupol, CMS, Fanuc, Albis,
Snetor, BMB Spa, Campetella, United Polymers and many more.

Duncan Wood, CEO of Rapid News Group, the organiser of Interplas, commented: “The £27 billion UK
plastics industry comes to Interplas to do business and with the largest number of exhibitors on the
show since 2002, Interplas 2023 will be an edition that befits a 75th birthday celebration.”
“There is a growing buzz across the industry, on social and in conversations that tells you Interplas is
around the corner. The show floor is going to be packed with innovation and visitor registration is
flying along well ahead of previous editions, if you are involved in any way in the plastics industry then
you have to be at the NEC at the end of the month!’

Ian Taylor, Managing Director for Conventions & Exhibitions at the NEC Group, said: “Interplas was one
of our very first shows at the NEC when we opened in 1976, so we’re delighted to see it go from
strength to strength as the UK’s definitive and leading plastics event.
“We’d like to wish everyone connected to Interplas a very happy 75th year, as we welcome this year’s
event to the NEC on 26th September.

“We know the event will facilitate valuable trading opportunities for hundreds of exhibiting
businesses, as the plastics industry comes together to showcase new products, machines and ideas.”
Exciting features visitors will gain access to include:

Interplas Insights Conference

A world-class conference programme will take place at the show presenting a wide range of themes
and challenges facing the plastics industry. With a new purpose-built theatre, top-calibre speakers will
take to the stage to present the latest in recycling, materials, digitalisation, regulation and much more.
There will also be an extensive line-up of interactive sessions during the conference, offering
attendees the opportunity to engage with influential speakers. Many of these sessions are led by
leading associations from the plastics industry. View the full conference programme here.

The Introducing Stage

This stage will host an exciting programme of inspiring speakers across the plastics sector. These
sessions are perfect for attendees wanting to find out the latest cutting-edge innovations in moulding
and forming, materials, automation, software, and inspection, to name just a few.

Knowledge Pavilion

The Knowledge Pavilion provides a rare opportunity for visitors to information-gather and network
among some of the most influential organisations in the British plastics industry. Representatives from
various groups, including RECOUP, the Polymer Machinery Manufacturers and Distributors Association
(PMMDA) and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), will be on-hand to discuss R&D,
training, regulation and the future.


The plastics industry has undergone several transformations over the past 75 years. Throughout this
remarkable journey, certain individuals from the UK plastics community have been impactful in driving
change and innovation. To coincide with the 75th anniversary edition of Interplas, the organisers have
invited nominations of individuals who have made a significant impact to the UK plastics industry. The
75 names will be announced at Interplas 2023, followed by an evening of celebrations.

All-in-One Digital Platform

For 2023, visitors and exhibitors will get access to the new event hub and app, designed to improve
event experience and plan time efficiently. This smart technology will allow attendees to connect and
engage with the community, get personal recommendations using AI technology, and also schedule 1-
2-1 meetings with exhibitors and speakers.

Philip Law, Director – General of the British Plastics Federation, commented: “Interplas is the national
showcase for the UK plastics industry. If you’re serious about doing plastics in the UK, you’ve got to be

“The BPF is excited to be both exhibiting and moderating talks at the 75th anniversary of Interplas – a
show we have had a long relationship with. The BPF is celebrating an equivalent milestone this
year. It is our 90th anniversary. We encourage our members and all those with an interest in the BPF’s
activities to come and visit us during the show.” Philip Law, Director General, British Plastics

Thousands of companies have already registered for the event, such as JLR, McAlpine & Co,
Recipharm, L’Oréal, Dyson, Nissan, Aldi, BD, Kohler Mira, Caterpillar, Bentley Motors, Amcor, Tata
Motors, LEVC, Aqualisa and Lear Corporation

You can register for Interplas at

Flegg Projects have the expertise to move you :-)

Flegg Projects will be attending the Interplas plastics exhibition on September 26-28, 2023. Their Managing Director Jayson Flegg and Sales Director Mark Marshall invite attendees to visit Hall 4, Stand A90 to discuss your machinery transportation and installation needs.

With nearly 50 years of experience, Flegg Projects has the expertise to safely and efficiently move plastic moulding machines, extruders, and heavy equipment anywhere in the world. Whether you’re relocating across your facility or importing new machinery, they can handle your machinery move smoothly from start to finish.

Stop by and let them show you how their specialised equipment and skilled team can save you time and money on your next machinery move see how we do it

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Teens enjoy real-world robotics experience courtesy of FANUC UK

A group of seven young people aged between 14 and 16 have spent a week with leading automation experts FANUC UK, gaining valuable hands-on robotics experience as they learnt what it takes to become an automation engineer. As part of FANUC’s campaign to break down barriers to careers in engineering and build a future manufacturing talent pipeline, the company invited a select group of teenagers into its UK headquarters at Ansty Park, Coventry for five days in August for its first ever Work Experience Week. 


Hailing from a variety of nearby schools and colleges, the seven teenagers enjoyed a practical insight into the world of automation at the renowned FANUC Academy. Combining hands-on robot programming training with an introduction to project management, the group was also given access to FANUC’s portfolio of industrial robotic and automation solutions, as well as learning about the varied sectors and applications in which they are used – from aerospace and automotive to food & beverage and plastics. 


In a bid to understand just what it takes to forge a successful career in robotics, the students also took part in a Q&A session with FANUC staff including Hara Konstantelia, a 23-year-old Technical Sales Support Engineer who herself joined the industry through an apprenticeship programme and helped to run the week-long course. 


“I’ve enjoyed seeing the level of passion these young people have shown towards automation, and their excitement to learn new things,” Hara comments. “Having been down this route myself, supporting our work experience students on their own journey and expanding their perception of engineering has been a great experience.” 


Attracting Gen Z into a career in engineering is a key aim for FANUC UK. Its Training Academy has recently achieved independent validation, allowing the company to offer accredited courses that can feed into mainstream education. FANUC’s Work Experience programme is showcasing the opportunities available within automation and manufacturing to a cohort that may never have experienced robotics first-hand before.  


“We understand the importance of giving young people the opportunity to have real-world, hands-on experience with industrial robots,” says Tony Bentham, Head of Customer Service at FANUC UK “FANUC’s Work Experience Week aims to ignite a spark in young people by showing just what it takes to forge a career in robotics, as well as giving them access to people who are successfully doing their dream job.” 


For the majority of the participants, this was the first time they had used a robot and the experience was not one to be forgotten. “It’s been a really exciting experience and I’ve enjoyed it so much,” says Nathaniel Sharpe, 16. “I learnt a lot about the different types of robots produced by FANUC – from collaborative ones that you can work alongside, to some that can pick up items with a vacuum or grippers, to ones that can carry huge loads up to 2-3 tonnes. This was my first time using a robot and I thought it would be a lot harder than it actually was – programming it was surprisingly straightforward! The week I spent at FANUC really opened my eyes to the world of robotics and engineering – I’d recommend the work experience programme to anyone.”  


The success of its first ever Work Experience Week and the positive feedback from the participants has prompted FANUC to consider running similar events in the future, as Hara concludes: “Activities like this are so important as the skills required for engineering today are not always accurately represented in the media, especially on platforms aimed at younger people. I hope the students left the week inspired and with a clearer idea of what opportunities are available to them.” 


Education is a key theme at the 2023 FANUC UK Open House event, taking place 14-16 November at FANUC UK’s Coventry HQ. To reserve your free place, go to 


FANUC invited a select group of teenagers into its UK headquarters at Ansty Park, Coventry for five days in August for its first ever Work Experience Week. 







Combining hands-on robot programming training with an introduction to project management, the group was given access to FANUC’s portfolio of industrial robotic and automation solutions. 








Hara Konstantelia, a 23-year-old Technical Sales Support Engineer at FANUC was quizzed by the students and helped run the week-long course.  








First time robot user 16-year-old Nathaniel Sharpe programmed a robot which he found to be surprisingly straightforward.   










About FANUC 


The FANUC Corporation is one of the worldwide leaders in factory automation for CNC control systems, robots and production machinery (ROBODRILL, ROBOCUT and ROBOSHOT). Since 1956, FANUC is the pioneer in the development of numerically controlled machines in the automation industry. With 271 FANUC locations worldwide and more than 8,000 employees, FANUC offers a dense network in sales, technical support, research & development, logistics and customer service. 


For more information, please contact: 

Sapphire Way, Ansty Park, COVENTRY, CV7 9DR 

Phone: +44 (0) 24 7605 3130







MOULDFLO appoint FERROMATIK UK as partner for UK and Ireland

MOULDFLO the Danish based Flow Monitoring and Mould Validation experts appoint FERROMATIK UK as the official Sales and Service partner for the UK and Ireland.

Danish based flow monitoring and mould validation specialists ‘MOULDFLO’ have today officially announced Chesterfield based plastic processing equipment and ancillary supplier
FERROMATIK UK as its official Sales and Service partner for the UK and Ireland. This comes into effect immediately.

Following a lengthy search and evaluation process supported by the Danish Trade Council in the UK, Ferromatik UK was shortlisted and then finally selected as MOULDFLO’s
preferred partner of choice. MOULDFLO’s Head of Sales Anjum Parwaiz said, “Building on strong sales growth and the up and coming launch of complementing products for the
monitoring, testing, validation, and maintenance of injection moulds, we recognised the need to strengthen our worldwide reseller network. We were looking for a reseller in the UK who
had the capability to install, integrate solutions and handle service and support of hardware and software. Ferromatik UK fitted the bill perfectly. In the past our resellers were suppliers
of tool and maintenance components, retailers of DIY products and mould consumables, but our customers also need our knowledge of cooling and polymer processing. This is a
prerequisite when asked to design a flow monitoring solution or mould validation system.  Ferromatik have the capability and capacity to do training on top of installation, service, and

For more than 50 years Ferromatik UK have been partnered with some leading brands including Milacron and BMB, WEMO Automation and SELLA Thermodynamics. Anjum
continues, “Our market research study showed that customers speak highly and value the service provided by the team of sales and service engineers at Ferromatik UK. This was
clearly significant when selecting and finally appointing our new reseller for UK and Ireland”.

MOULDFLO customers in the UK and Ireland should now contact Ferromatik UK for
technical support, spare parts, training and servicing and to discuss new enquires.

Technical Sales Contacts/New Projects
Dave Smith
Sales Director Tel. 07918 054455 Email.

Ian Jobling
Business Development Manager Tel. 07918 742924 Email. ian_jobling@ferromatik