Brockhouse Group Long Service Awards
During in 2007 awards were presented to five Brockhouse Group employees who, between them clocked up 185 years of work. The longest period of service in 2007 was by Mr. Alan Mountford, who received an award for 45 years of continous service. Mr. R Dulleston served 40 years, Mr. D. Cooper 35 years,
Mr. A. Hartop 35 years and Mr. B. Yates 30 years.
Consumers will pay as iron ore price rise hits costs of steel
The price of cars, refrigerators and buildings will rise this year after steelmakers agreed a dramatic increase in the price of their raw materials.
Analysts estimate that this settlement, which will form a benchmark for all other talks, could lead to a 20 per cent rise in steel prices, which almost certainly will be passed on to consumers.
For more information: The Times Online - (pdf)
Energy Prices continue to rise
For further information: Price Focus Week152008 - (pdf)
Brockhouse Wins Bronze Award.
Brockhouse receives bronze award from the Charities Trust for our
contribution and commitment to fundraising through the Payroll Giving Scheme.
To view : Payroll Giving Scheme Award - (pdf)
Brockhouse Invest in the Latest Forging Simulation Software.
The optimization of forging technology is best performed by means of computer simulation. It gives huge advantages over the trial and error method for development of new or redesigned products. We have invested in the finite element simulation program QForm3D, which makes the simulation process completely automatically and provides a high accuracy of results.
Simulation provides an accurate prediction of the forging load and material flow. With the help of simulation we analyse the die infill to control the shape of the forged part and to avoid possible flow-induced defects at the stage of die design. This reduces the development time and eliminates the need for trial forging. The results of forging simulation (grain flow, stress, strain, and temperature distributions) are also used for estimation of product quality to satisfy the highest demands of our customers.
To view example of Forging Simulation : BGL simulation - (gif)
MP Adrian Bailey visits Brockhouse.
Local West Bromwich MP Adrian Bailey visited Brockhouse recently accompanied by Simon Griffiths Chief Executive Officer of MAS-West Midlands (Manufacturing Advisory Service).
John Pickering, Managing Director gave MP Adrian Bailey and Simon Griffiths a tour of the factory to view first hand the various projects that are being supported by MAS and to witness the energy reduction tools that are being used to keep rising costs under control.
John Pickering (Left) with Adrian Bailey (Centre) and Simon Griffiths (Right)
viewing Brockhouse forgings.
For your interest link to article published in the Birmingham Post on the 22nd September 2009 : Birmingham Post
Brockhouse Scholarships awarded at Birmingham University
Steve Walters, Brockhouse Group Financial Director seen here presenting Brockhouse Scholarships to Engineering Students (from L to R) James Redmond, Fay Lashbrook and Kalita Patel
Andy Ore is the new Operations Director
Andy joins Brockhouse following the retirement of John Reddington. Andy brings to Brockhouse his considerable experience in lean manufacturing and continuous improvement gained across a range of industries from Automotive, Rail and Pump manufacturing.
Brockhouse wins Export Award
We celebrate our 125th year in style by winning the Express and Star Business Award 2012 for Export achievement. Over the last year exports have flourished and demand for our Longwall mining products has reached new heights in markets worldwide.
Pictured above is Peter Davies (Non-Executive Director) receiving the prestigious award from Mike Middleton of Lloyds TSB.
EEF Report on UK Steel.
A thorough and detailed analysis of the factors behind rising steel prices.
To view: Market survey June 2008 - (pdf)
Explosion of Steel Price all over EU
An article by Paul Herbert, Purchasing Director of Barrett Engineering Steel.
For information: Barrett - (pdf)
Our new Identity
For more information: Information & Brochure
Corus idles more furnaces in 30% Production Cut.
Corus the Anglo-Dutch steelmaker owned by India's Tata Steel, has announced further reductions in output. It is cutting crude steel production by 30% untl the end of March 2009.
The Company will be idling one blast furnace at each of its Scunthorpe IJmuiden and Port Talbot works from mid December, and will also align output levels of various downstream units with the weaker demand.
"The current slowdown requires us to adapt our operations to the changing environment with maximum speed. We are adopting proactive and responsible measures in the areas of production and costs to optimise our results," says Philipe Varin, Chief Executive of Corus. "Meanwhile our strategy for long-term growth remains unchanged," he adds.
Corus recently announced it was reducing output by 1m tonnes, or 20%, for the fourth quarter of this year. The higher cuts announced on 7th November are a result of the global slowdown in steel demand.
Corus Engineering Steels.
Corus announce restructuring plans.
To view: Corus Restructuring - (pdf)
Corus Name Change
27th September 2010 - Corus adopts Tata Steel as new identity
For information : www.tatasteeleurope.com
Visit to Brockhouse of University of Birmingham's Master Students
in Occupational Health.
To view: Visit of University of Birminghams Master Students
Brockhouse Warm Forge.
Having successfully relocated plant and equipment following our acquisition of Heartland Extrusion Forge, we are now ready to produce warm forged components at our Hill Top Site.
To see the benefits of warm forging link to our web page : warm-forging
Energy Prices – An EEF Outlook for 2010
What is the future of energy prices as the global economies begin to recover from recession?
To see the EEF Outlook: EEF Energy Prices Outlook 2010 - (pdf)
Make Payday last a Lifetime
Through the Payroll Giving Scheme Brockhouse employees contribute to a number of Charities. One of which is Barnado's
Click on for more detai: Barnado.pdf
Robot Transforms Forge's Finishing Facility
The introduction of a robot has helped transform an arduous post-forge grinding operation into an efficient and highly-accurate automated process.
The 150Kg payload robot is part of a production cell, being used to finish a wide range of steel forgings.
Better product quality and improved working conditions have been the main benefits achieved from the investment in automation.
The forgings, which can weigh from 2Kg-80Kg, are picked up by the robot from one of two work stations and then manoeuvred to either a grinding wheel for flash removal or a linishing belt for an additional finishing operation.
90% Iron Ore Price Hike
A report from The CBM.
For information: CBM - (pdf)
Brockhouse wins £500k order to supply forgings to China
Pictured above are the Board members at Brockhouse celebrating the new business. Andy Ore (Operations), Chris Hutton-Penman (Chairman),
Steve Chilvers (Sales), Steve Walters (Finance) and Peter Davies (Non Exec) with mining products similar to those being supplied to China. Brockhouse produce flight bars for Longwall mining conveyers and ship them world-wide.