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ASAMS return to Subcon and the Smart Manufacturing & Engineering Week for 2024

ASAMS return to Subcon and the Smart Manufacturing & Engineering Week for 2024 at the NEC in Birmingham. The event hosted the latest technologies and some excellent keynote sessions and thought leadership on innovation and the future of manufacturing and engineering.

ASAMS re-accredited with Cyber Essentials for 2024

ASAMS are pleased to be re-accredited with Cyber Essentials for 2024.

Cyber Essentials is a UK certification scheme designed to show an organisation has a minimum level of protection in cyber security through annual assessments to maintain security. The standard is managed by Information Assurance for Small and Medium Enterprises (IASME)

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Celebrating World Accreditation Day!

World Accreditation Day is celebrated on 9th June every year.

As a UKAS accredited Metals Testing Laboratory No. 0935, we are committed to maintaining standards of quality and excellence in everything we do. 

Our accreditation is a testament to our dedication to providing reliable, impartial, and competent services. It underscores our ongoing efforts to build trust, ensure safety, and promote best practices in all that we do. 

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ASAMS Managing Director, Thomas Whiskin and Business Development Manager, Jamie Podgers, visit Cranfield University

Cranfield University, renowned for its cutting-edge research and development in engineering and manufacturing, provided an invaluable opportunity to explore their testing laboratory, welding facility and pioneering work in metal additive manufacturing.

The tour was led by faculty members who shared detailed insights into their latest projects and evolving technologies that have significant implications for various industries, including aerospace and automotive among others.

Answering the Call: Jordan Plane, our On-Call Firefighter

Answering the Call: Jordan Plane, our On-Call Firefighter

Fire fighters day 4 May 2020

Meet Jordan, our Deputy Machine Shop Manager and an integral part of our team, whose commitment to community safety extends far beyond the confines of our workplace.  In addition to his duties at ASAMS, Jordan serves as an on-call firefighter, standing ready to respond to emergencies at a moment's notice and on standby for 120 hours per week!

ASAMS ‘switch on’ to renewable energy

Creating a strong sustainable future.

In a commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainable business practices, ASAMS proudly announce its transition to 100% renewable energy. This move demonstrates our dedication to reducing our carbon footprint and contributing to a more sustainable future.

Kyle’s 2 Marathons over 2 weekends, a week apart in aid of Epilepsy Society

As we move closer to the iconic London Marathon 2024, ASAMS are pleased to sponsor Kyle Faraday-Drake who is completing 2 marathons over 2 weekends.  Kyle, a friend of ASAMS Machine Shop Manager, Jordan, has completed the Manchester Marathon on April 14th, where over 32,000 people participated in the run. Kyle is now preparing for the London Marathon taking place on April 21st.

Harris's fundraiser for Sense - London Marathon 2024

ASAMS are pleased to sponsor Harris Reeves as he prepares to take on the iconic London Marathon!  Harris is the brother of ASAMS own Metallurgical Technician, Anya, and will be representing and raising money for Sense.

Sense is a national Charity that supports people who have complex disabilities to be understood, connected and valued. They support people of all ages and understand that no two people are the same, so tailor their care to each and every individual.

ASAMS are pleased to donate a charity quiz prize in support of MacMillan

The charity quiz event takes place at the Ivy House Country Hotel on 26th April and aims to raise funds for MacMillan Cancer Support.  By participating in this event quiz teams will not only enjoy an evening of entertainment and refreshments, but also contribute to supporting the work of MacMillan, in addition to winning prizes!

ASAMS supporting a great cause

ASAMS are pleased to sponsor our friend, Keith Dixon who will be hiking a half or full marathon along the picturesque Norfolk coastline in May 2024.  Keith will be undertaking the challenge with his Daughter Ruth, raising vital funds for people living with cancer.

ASAMS Customer Satisfaction Survey Results 2023

The results for our Customer Satisfaction Survey are now available here.

ASAMS Metallurgical Technician, Anya Reeves visits Stainless Metalcraft (Chatteris) along with fellow Cranfield University Students

Hosted by Martin Johnson and Shaun Smart, the visit provided an overview of the companies activities followed by a tour of the facility based in Chatteris, Cambridgeshire.  The robotic fabrication of nuclear waste storage tanks was observed, followed by a lively discussion on all aspects of fabrication, H&S and quality control.

Cranfield University MSc students visit ASAMS for testing insights

Following a recent visit to Metalcraft Chatteris and The Validation Centre, Cranfield University MSc students returned to visit ASAMS laboratory to view our testing facilities.

ASAMS putting smiles on faces at Circus Starr

For many years, ASAMS have been delighted to make an annual contribution to the circus with purpose, Circus Starr.  Circus Starr aims to transform, enrich and inspire the lives of children and families who need it most across the UK, through the magical art of circus performance.

New Anglia Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (NAAME) group Q3 meeting at Smurfit Kappa with a theme of “Sustainability”

Smurfit Kappa is a FTSE 100 company and one of the leading providers of paper-based packaging in the world, with operations in 22 European countries, 13 countries in the Americas, and 1 country in Africa.  ASAMS Business Development Manager, Jamie Podgers attended their site in Diss along with business leaders from across Norfolk to meet members of their management team and gain an insight on how they manage sustainability in their organisation.

ASAMS team escape to the city for an evening out

Members of the ASAMS team enjoyed an evening out at local escape rooms, Escape Hunt in Norwich. Racing against the clock the team was tested for their problem solving, communication and team work abilities on the Blackbeards Treasure and Alice in Puzzleland escape room challenges.

East Coast Manufacturing Group (ECMG) complete first engineering bootcamp

On Tuesday 10th October, East Coast Manufacturing Group celebrated the completion of their first engineering bootcamp at East Coast College Skills Academy.  The event aimed to recognise the hard work and contributions of the participating employers and also to celebrate the success of the students who participated.

East Coast Manufacturing Group rallied together 20+ local employers in the engineering and manufacturing sector, mapped the skills gaps and created a syllabus to bridge the gaps and provide a platform to introduce students to subject areas including welding, fabrication, drawing, machining, robotics and health and safety within various industry sectors including offshore, nuclear, marine and engineering.

Gerard wins handful of medals at World Martial Arts Games

Earlier this year ASAMS sponsored local teenager, Gerard Knight to pursue his dreams of representing Great Britain at the World Martial Arts Games on Daytona Beach, Florida at the end of July.

Following the two day event black belt, Gerard Knight came away with a handful of medals and a world champion title. Gerards medals include bronze for team fighting, two silver medals for kickboxing and a gold medal in the one-on-one Kimute karate tournament.

ASAMS undertakes Creative Swiping exercise for continuous improvement

As part of our continuous improvement strategy and in the pursuit of operational excellence, ASAMS took part in a Creative Swiping exercise to learn about and identify ideas employed by other businesses that could be enhanced and utilised within ASAMS.

ASAMS return to SPE Offshore Europe for 2023

ASAMS were pleased to be returning to SPE Offshore Europe for 2023. The premier show for oil and gas in Europe celebrated its 50th anniversary making for a special celebratory show.  Representing ASAMS was Managing Director, Thomas Whiskin, Laboratory Manager, Ziggy Cooke and Business Development Manager Jamie Podgers.

ASAMS attend UK Metals Expo at NEC

Following a successful show at SPE Offshore Europe, ASAMS Business Development Manager, Jamie Podgers attended UK Metals Expo at the NEC.

Mastering the Craft

ASAMS Metallurgical Technician, Anya Reeves begins her Master of Sciences Postgraduate Degree in Advanced Materials with Cranfield University.

June 2023 Newsletter

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ASAMS June 2023 Newsletter. Independently Owned. Consistently Excellent.

Trainee Machinist joins the ASAMS team.

Trainee Machinist joins the ASAMS team     

We would like to offer a warm welcome to Elliot who joined the ASAMS team at the beginning of April. Elliot has recently completed a Level 2 diploma in welding and fabrication at East Coast College. Elliot will be joining the team in the machine shop as a trainee machinist.

When asked what he enjoys most about his job he said “The variety of work we do and that every day is different.” Outside of work, Elliot enjoys going to the gym, socialising with friends and is also a car enthusiast. Welcome to the team Elliot!

Development of new LIMS Reporting System for improving efficiency and customer experience

Lims System Completion is supported by the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership Growth Through Innovation Fund.

This is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.