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Makefast Sponsors School Design & Technology Award

Makefast Sponsors School Design & Technology Award

11 JULY 2014

Makefast is pleased to have recently sponsored the Outstanding Student of the Year award at Llanfyllin High School.

The competition involved Design and Technology projects undertaken by students at Welshpool, Llanfair and Llanfyllin High schools. The successful student was Chloe Sauer.

"I was very impressed with the overall standard of entries at the competition. It was apparent to me that we have a wealth of talented young people in Mid-Wales who are a testimony to the obvious high standard of teaching, training and facilities within the three schools involved. Consequently, it was very difficult to single out an overall Outstanding Student. However I was particularly impressed with Chloe Sauer's entry.

"Although Chloe's ultimate aim was to produce a multi-purpose piece of furniture; what stood out for me, was the journey she undertook to successfully achieve that end. She clearly had a profound understanding of the potential market, the costing involved and final selling price. I could understand how her product's design had evolved and most importantly she performed a final critical analysis of her product, making recommendations on how it could be improved and its method of manufacture.

"Chloe's approach was mature and professional, it was what I would expect to see from a commercial product designer. Chloe has an obvious talent for product design and manufacturing and I hope it's a career she would consider as a future option."

Picture: Chloe Sauer is presented with the Outstanding Student Award by Makefast's Director of Operations Mike Mills.

Wales Office Minister Stephen Crabb MP visits Makefast

15 MAY 2014

Wales Office Minister Stephen Crabb MP visited Makefast's manufacturing facility as part of a series of visits to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Newtown, Powys.

Mr Crabb met with executives from leading safety and marine manufacturer Makefast Ltd to highlight the package of measures announced in the Budget to support Welsh businesses to succeed in the global race. Mr. Crabb highlighted the importance of Manufacturing in the Welsh economy: "Small businesses are the bedrock of the Welsh economy and are helping to create jobs and boost growth across Wales" said Mr. Crabb.

Marine and safety hardware manufacturer Makefast Ltd secured its hat-trick of innovation accolades at the Powys Business Awards in 2013. The company exports to counties including the USA, Japan and Australia, and has experienced growth of 12-14% year-on-year.

Mike Mills, Director of Operations at Makefast Ltd, said: "I am very pleased to see that central government has finally recognised the importance of the Manufacturing industry as a means of creating jobs and generating wealth for the UK at large. I was therefore very happy to welcome the Minister and was pleased to discuss with him some of the specific issues we have here in Mid Wales".

Wales Office Minister Stephen Crabb MP visits Makefast - Image 1

Makefast executives Mike Mills (second from left) and founder & chairman Bill Brown (right) welcome MP for Montgomeryshire Glyn Davies (left) and Wales Office Minister Stephen Crabb MP (second from right).


Wales Office Minister Stephen Crabb MP visits Makefast - Image 2

Makefast Chairman Bill Brown, Stephen Crabb MP, Makefast Director of Operations Mike Mills and Glyn Daives MP discuss Makefast's latest product development, the Eaton Roof.


Wales Office Minister Stephen Crabb MP visits Makefast - Image 3

Makefast Chairman Bill Brown, Stephen Crabb MP, Makefast Director of Operations Mike Mills and Glyn Daives MP discuss Makefast's latest product development, the Eaton Roof.




Makefast takes part in pioneering engineering careers initiative

Makefast takes part in pioneering engineering careers initiative

14 JANUARY 2014

Makefast is participating in a major initiative in Mid Wales to get more young people to take up careers in engineering.

Semta, the employer-led organisation responsible for developing engineering skills for the future, has joined forces with the Welsh Government to target employers, parents, teachers and the young people themselves.

This programme is entitled I aM aN Engineer, which is designed to Inspire, Motivate, Nurture. Semta will be working with schools, colleges, employers, training bodies, universities and Careers Wales to provide facts, insight and practical advice about a career in engineering.

Mid Wales Manufacturing Group (MWMG) is working with manufacturers such as Makefast to deliver the project in Mid Wales to help address some of the skill shortages amongst manufacturing and engineering companies.

The first phase of the project saw local careers advisors and teachers from local schools attend factory visits at Makefast and nearby local company Control Techniques in Newtown to demonstrate the changing nature of manufacturing and engineering, and the high technology skills required in a modern manufacturing environment.

On January 29th, parents, guardians and young people are invited to attend these factories to see for themselves what a career in manufacturing and engineering can offer.

Makefast's operations director Mike Mills is enthusiastic about the initiative:

"At Makefast, we recognise that the successful future of Manufacturing is dependent upon attracting the brightest and the best people into our industry. We are therefore very happy to support SEMTA's initiative and demonstrate that a career in manufacturing is worthwhile, challenging and rewarding".

Further information can be found at the MWMG web site or contact MWMG on 01686 628778, e-mail ceri@mwmg.org

Picture: Teachers visiting Makefast's safety and marine product manufacturing facilities in Newtown, Powys.
Hat-Trick for Makefast at Powys Business Awards

Hat-Trick for Makefast at Powys Business Awards

01 OCTOBER 2013

Dynamic Newtown marine and safety hardware manufacturer Makefast Ltd continued its run of success in the Powys Business Awards by collecting the Innovation Award sponsored by Welsh Government - their fourth award in three years.

From its core products, Makefast has branched out further into the marine market in recent years, producing a range of awnings, sunroofs, and other yacht fittings and systems.

A culture of innovation has been developed throughout the business, which encourages creative thinking and thorough market research. This year alone has seen the launch of 15 new products.

A unique product, which was developed in response to an identified need, prototyped and launched within six months, is already contributing over £750,000 to turnover.

"In spite of the costs and risks for a manufacturing company of this size, Makefast demonstrates a willingness to invest in breaking new ground in their market through innovation," said the judges.

Operations director Mike Mills said: "We are just astounded to have won this award because the competition was so strong and impressive. To win an award for the third year running is a great achievement and a compliment to the whole staff at Makefast."

Watch the Powys Business Awards' brief video introduction about Makefast.

Picture: Deputy minister for skills and technology Ken Skates presents the Innovation Award to Makefast's operations director Mike Mills and production manager David Newnham.

Makefast Secures Accolade At Annual Welsh Business Awards Ceremony

Makefast Secures Accolade At Annual Welsh Business Awards Ceremony

01 OCTOBER 2012

Makefast Ltd, one the UK's leading manufacturers of marine sun protection systems, has repeated 2011's success by securing another accolade at a recent Welsh business awards ceremony.

Held at Theatre Hafren, Newtown the prestigious annual Powys Business Awards is organised by Mid Wales Manufacturing Group, Powys County Council and the Cambrian News media group. The awards, which recognise and celebrate business excellence at all levels, are open to any size of business from sole trader to multinational, trading for 12 months or more, employing locally-resident staff and with offices and/or manufacturing facilities in the county of Powys.

Against increased competition Makefast was announced as winner of the Manufacturing Award 2012. On behalf of the judges and quoting their summing up, Ceri Stephens, group manager at Mid Wales Manufacturing Group (MWMG), said: "Makefast has always impressed by the way it has achieved the commitment of its staff. Its investment in design, innovation and development has enabled it to leave the dark days of 2008 far behind. With a new director of operations the company could have lost direction but the ethos has been enhanced. It is a testimony to what can be achieved when everyone is kept informed and focused. This award is for everyone at Makefast."

Despite the difficult economic environment, the company has continued to grow and prosper within existing markets as well as expanding into new ones. Mike Mills, director of operations at Makefast Ltd, said: "Winning this award for the second year is a reflection of how Makefast has ridden the recession and continues to grow. We have a dedicated management team and fully committed workforce, who are prepared to innovate, embrace change and trade with confidence. The future is bright for the company, which is now doing lots of work in Italy and looking to develop the markets in Brazil and the United States. It's great that we have an international player based here in mid Wales."

Picture: (left to right) John Brunt, senior network manager, MWMG (sponsor of Manufacturing Award) Andrew Barker, deputy production manager, Makefast and Mike Mills, director of operations, Makefast.

Successful R + T Exhibition

Successful R + T Exhibition

06 MARCH 2012

Makefast are very pleased with the response to the new outdoor sun protection systems exhibited for the first time at the R+T Exhibition in Stuttgart last week.

R+T is the world trade fair for roller shutters, doors/gates and sun protection systems.

Newtown based Makefast Ltd attended The R+T Exhibition at Messe Stuttgart with the aim of introducing its range of stainless steel and electric-powered sun, awning and sunroof systems to the building, construction and architectural markets.

More information about the exhibition is available at: www.messe-stuttgart.de/rt

R + T Exhibition

R + T Exhibition

PRESS INFORMATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
07 DECEMBER 2011

MAKEFAST TO ATTEND STUTTGART’S R+T EXHIBITION FOR THE FIRST TIME

One the UK’s leading manufacturers of marine sun protection systems, has confirmed its attendance for the first time at next spring’s world trade fair for roller shutters, doors/gates and sun protection systems.

Newtown based Makefast Ltd will be attending The R+T Exhibition at Messe Stuttgart in February 2012, with the aim of introducing its range of stainless steel and electric-powered sun, awning and sunroof systems to the building, construction and architectural markets.

Graham Williams, sales manager at Makefast, explains: “The last year has seen a number of enquiries from architects with a view to integrating versions of the Makefast product range as sun protection annexes into commercial construction design and new-build, high-end domestic developments. While the area is new ground for us, there is definite potential. Our products are manufactured using high grade stainless steel and marine-grade canvas to withstand rigorous weather conditions including salt water and sun and as such would be a quality, robust solution for an 3architectural application.”

Makefast will be in Hall E2 stand 034 at the R+T Exhibition, 28 February – 03 March, Messe Stuttgart, Germany. More information about the exhibition is available at: www.messe-stuttgart.de/rt

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WELSH BUSINESS AWARDS WINNERS

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24 OCTOBER 2011

MAKEFAST SECURE TWO ACCOLADES AT ANNUAL WELSH BUSINESS AWARDS CEREMONY

Makefast Ltd, one the UK's leading manufacturers of marine safety components, manual and electric sliding roofs, and complementary products for luxury yachts, has come top in two categories at a prestigious Welsh business awards ceremony.

Held at Theatre Hafren, Newtown in September the Powys Business Awards, now in its third year is organised by Mid Wales Manufacturing Group, Powys County Council and the Cambrian News media group. The awards are open to any size of business from sole trader to multinational, trading for 12 months or more, employing locally-resident staff and with offices and/or manufacturing facilities in the county of Powys.

Against increased competition and double the number of entries to 2010, Makefast was announced as winners of the Manufacturing Award and Business of the Year 2011. On behalf of the judges and quoting their summing up, Ceri Stephens, group manager at Mid Wales Manufacturing Group, said: "Manufacturing has become one of the hardest hit business sectors in recent years. Yet here is a company that has met this challenge head-on having experienced its own close encounter with the recession.

"The judges were particularly impressed by the strategy employed by Makefast to meet the challenges of a very tough market situation. This included investing in new markets, new technology and new products, and most importantly in staff development. Today, the generosity of this investment, coupled with the endeavours of an outstanding management team and workforce, has rewarded the company in a difficult market with an important reversal of fortunes. As a result Makefast is now a profitable industry frontrunner; as well as being one of the UK's leading suppliers of components for the safety industry; highly regarded for its innovative manufacturing skills and deservedly enjoying a growing worldwide customer base."

Mike Mills, production engineering manager at Makefast Ltd, said: "Winning both of these awards has come at a good time for Makefast, and reflects the time and energy everyone from the business has put in to making sure we not only survived a difficult recession but have come out on top, innovating and trading with confidence. I am very proud of our achievements."
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About Makefast
Established in 1974, Makefast Ltd employs 30 people at the company's site in Newtown, mid Wales. It also designs and manufactures a range of yacht sprayhood fittings and sailmakers' hardware. The company recently added distributors in Italy and Taiwan to its network and is ISO 9001 accredited.

MEMBER OF THE BRITISH MARINE FEDERATION

MEMBER OF THE BRITISH MARINE FEDERATION


About The British Marine Federation


Makefast Ltd is now a member of the British Marine Federation, an award winning trade association in the leisure and marine industry.

MAKEFAST LAUNCH NEW LUXURY YACHT AWNING

MAKEFAST LAUNCH NEW LUXURY YACHT AWNING

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For immediate release

25 March 2010

Makefast, a leading manufacturer of manual and electric sliding sun roofs for the luxury yacht industry has added a range of stainless steel awnings to its product portfolio.



Fabricated in marine grade 316 stainless steel, and dimensions up to seven metres wide, the awning, driven by a discrete electrically controlled gearbox, is deployed through hinged extension arms which enable it to comfortably extend up to 2.2 metres deep. The option of manual operation is also available. The unique design was launched at the recent Dusseldorf International Boat Show on board the new Princess V85-S.

MAKEFAST LAUNCH NEW LUXURY YACHT AWNING IMAGE 2
The system, on opening, automatically tensions the Stamoid fabric; enhanced by the highly polished stainless steel; to provide an improved protection against the harsh environment as well as a luxurious high quality finish. The awning can retract into a self contained compact unit and thus may be installed as part of a new build or a retro fit.



Graham Williams, sales manager at Makefast Ltd, said: “Once again we have responded to customer demand with this new awning. Previously, shop awnings were used to fulfil the function, which whilst satisfactory in the short term, in the medium to long term often suffer from corrosion and reliability issues. To have the product endorsed by Princess Yachts International at such a prestigious show as Dusseldorf is a fitting launch for the enhanced aesthetics and quality of this new Makefast system.”





MAKEFAST HIGHLIGHTS EXHIBITIONS AS KEY ELEMENT TO SUCCESS IN 2010

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05 January 2010



MAKEFAST HIGHLIGHTS EXHIBITIONS AS KEY ELEMENT TO SUCCESS IN 2010



One of the UK’s leading manufacturers of marine safety components, manual and electric sliding roofs and complementary products for luxury yachts, has reported a successful series of autumn 2009 exhibitions and as the worldwide economy moves out of recession, aims to capitalise on a series of recently introduced products as well as new ones planned for 2010.



Newtown, (Wales) based Makefast Ltd attended or was represented at the UK’s Southampton Boat show, A+A safety exhibition in Germany, Genoa International Boat Show in Italy, Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in the USA and METS (Marine Equipment Trade) Show in Holland.

SUCCESS CONTINUED...

SUCCESS CONTINUED...

Commenting on the success, Graham Williams, sales manager at Makefast Ltd, said: "While trading conditions remained difficult throughout Europe and the USA during 2009 we found the exhibition arena an excellent platform to showcase our new products. Having secured some significant orders as a result of the Fort Lauderdale, METS and Genoa shows, exhibitions will continue to be a crucial element of our marketing and promotions mix in 2010. As well as business-to-business, we will also be looking to exhibit at a number of business-to-consumer events."



New Makefast products will be shown by several of the UK’s leading yacht manufacturers at London’s International Boat Show in the ExCel Centre from 08 to 17 January, and Seatec Expo, Carrara, Italy from 10 to 12 February 2010, where the company will exhibit jointly with its new Italian distributor: Svama Nautica.





MAKEFAST RETURNS TO GERMANY’S A+A EXHIBITION WITH NEW PRODUCT RANGE

Media alert

13 October 2009



MAKEFAST RETURNS TO GERMANY’S A+A EXHIBITION WITH NEW PRODUCT RANGE



One the UK’s leading manufacturers of marine safety components, manual and electric sliding roofs and complementary products for luxury yachts is returning to this year’s A+A safety exhibition in Germany, for the first time in four years.



Newtown based Makefast Ltd will be offering a range of new products including buckles, hooks, D-rings and rings. At carbon steel prices, and previously only in type 316, the company’s buckles and rings are now available in 304 stainless steel.



Commenting on the return to the A+A exhibition, Graham Williams, sales manager at Makefast Ltd, said: "We have spent the past couple of years concentrating on our high end, high value products. However, this exhibition will play an important role in promoting our essential safety product range."



Makefast will be on stand 6A73 at the A+A, 3-6 November, Messe, Dusseldorf, Germany. More information is available at www.aplusa-online.com.



MAKEFAST RESPONDS TO DEMAND FOR WIDE DIAMETER CANOPY TUBES

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16 September 2009



MAKEFAST RESPONDS TO DEMAND FOR WIDE DIAMETER CANOPY TUBES



One the UK’s leading manufacturers of marine safety components, manual and electric sliding roofs and complementary products for luxury yachts has responded to the demand for wide diameter tubing by launching two re designed products.

NEW PRODUCTS CONTINUED...

NEW PRODUCTS CONTINUED...

The Sleektrack Car and the Tube Crowner are available through distributors of Newtown (Wales) based Makefast Ltd and designed to accommodate the growing interest from yacht owners for canopies manufactured using stronger 1¼" and 1½" tubing. The universally fitting Sleektrack Car is cast from 316 stainless steel as opposed to formed metal. Its double locking system, low friction plastic runners and single lever enables the significantly easier clamping operation to carry greater loads than previous versions. In addition, there are no are no visible fasteners. The Tube Crowner’s new design extends the benefits of the previous version and includes new features such as a geared drive wheel for ease of use, interchangeable form sizes and is automatically supplied and fitted with 1" rollers.



Testing and feedback from customers has been very positive and Ian Clark, business development manager at Kayospruce Ltd one of Makefast’s key distributors in the UK, said: "Makefast has launched the new Tube Crowner at the right time. As boats and canopies get bigger so does the demand for fittings and tubing. Having seen the product in action, we are very impressed with its quality and design. With the potential in the market place for this product I can see it becoming a success and a feature in every cover maker’s workshop."



Graham Williams, sales manager at Makefast Ltd, said: "These products have been developed in response to customer demand and through the Makefast continuous improvement programme. Manufactured from stronger material and aesthetically better looking than previous versions, we are confident that they will meet if not exceed customer expectations."



Makefast will exhibiting at the following shows during 2009:

1 Genoa International Boat Show, Italy, 03 - 11 October

2 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, USA, 29 October - 03 November, stand 0338

3 A+A, 3-6 November, Messe, Dusseldorf, Germany, stand 6A73

4 METS (Marine Equipment Trade) Show, Amsterdam, 17-19 November, stand 03.508.



MAKEFAST LAUNCH HYDRAULIC BIMINI SYSTEM

MAKEFAST LAUNCH HYDRAULIC BIMINI SYSTEM

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06 August 2009

MAKEFAST LAUNCH HYDRAULIC BIMINI SYSTEM

A mid Wales company is launching a new product at the Southampton Boat Show 2009, which for the first time will enable fully automated operation of canopies and bimnis on luxury yachts and powerboats.

The hydraulically powered bimini system, the brainchild of Newtown based Makefast Ltd; one of the UK’s leading design, manufacture and distributors of marine safety components, manual and electric sliding roofs, and complementary products for the luxury yacht market; is launched in conjunction with Flexicovers Ltd, which offer a complete design, manufacturing and fitting service for hydraulic and manually operated bimini canopies.

BIMINI SYSTEM CONTINUED...

BIMINI SYSTEM CONTINUED...

Crafted from high quality stainless steel, the robust hydraulic motor and actuators are available in two sizes and contain a universal mounting system, allowing the unit to be installed easily on any boat, new or old. Designed to open over the flybridge or cockpit and exclusively styled to accommodate a maximum six metre width of canvas, the hydraulic bimini system can be seen on powerboats manufactured by world-renowned names such as Fairline, Princess and Sunseeker displayed at this year's show.



Highlighting some of its advantages and the partnership with Flexicovers Ltd, Graham Williams, sales manager at Makefast Ltd is excited by the product’s prospects. He said: "The system allows one person at the touch of a button, to erect or stow a bimini in 60 seconds, instead of two or three people taking 15 minutes using a standard manual operation. We have an excellent arrangement with David Gray and his team at Flexicovers and look forward to a successful ongoing relationship."



David Gray, managing director at Flexicovers Ltd, said: "We have received a very encouraging response from new boat builders approached so far. The simplicity of deployment is a major selling point and I’m sure that once owners visiting this year’s show experience the hydraulic bimini system we will start to see a number of enquiries for both new boat and our retro-fit service."







The Southampton Boat Show 2009 is from 11 to 20 September.



ABOUT MAKEFAST AND FLEXICOVERS



About Makefast

Established in 1974, Makefast Ltd employs 30 people at the company’s site in Newtown, mid Wales. It also designs and manufactures a range of yacht sprayhood fittings and sailmakers’ hardware. The company recently added distributors in Italy and Taiwan to its network and is ISO 9001 accredited.



For more information about Makefast Ltd, contact:

Graham Williams, sales manager

Tel: +44(0)1686 629010

Email: grahamw@makefast.com

www.makefast.com



About Flexicovers Ltd

As sole suppliers of biminis to Fairline, Princess and Sunseeker, Flexicovers Ltd is the UK’s leading cover manufacturer. In addition, it also holds a large library of CNC templates for retro-fit boat covers and biminis.



For more information about Flexicovers, contact:

David Gray, managing director

Tel: +44 (0)1202 721309

Email: davidg@flexicovers.co.uk

www.flexicovers.co.uk

FOR EXPERT ADVICE CALL 01686 629010

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Makefast Marine & Safety Products

Makefast Marine

Makefast is the UKs leading manufacturer and supplier of manual and electric sliding roofs, awnings and bimini hydraulic units.

Visit our marine site for detailed information on biminis/sunroofs and other specialised equipment including marine/sailmakers hardware and sprayhood fittings.

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