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Special day for boss of sheet metal factory

The Managing Director of KMF Group has been awarded an MBE for services to apprenticeships. Gareth Higgins received the award from The Prince of Wales yesterday in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Build Day
Testing times for young engineers

This year, KMF is working with Greenpower Education Trust to use the excitement of motorsport to develop STEM skills in students and encourage them into a career in engineering.

Powder painting  plant
Powder coating performance boost

KMF is investing £900,000 into a new electrostatic powder painting facility offering significant benefits with respect to capacity, speed, reliability and coating performance.

Apprentice of the Year 2017 Tom French
KMF graduates take top honours

KMF held its annual apprentice awards ceremony at the BET365 stadium in Stoke-on-Trent to acknowledge the achievements of KMF apprentices in 2017.

KMF canteen for sheet metal workers
Staff canteen boasts daily specials

Workers at KMF's main sheet metal fabrication site in Staffordshire can now dine in style — after KMF makes a major investment for a new staff canteen.

Fabrication Apprentices Win NAS Award
Winners of the north west region final

KMF was announced as the North West's 'Large Employer of the Year' at a National Apprentice Awards awards ceremony held in Liverpool.

KMF Special Products
Special products unit for stainless steel

KMF Precision Sheet Metal has invested £300,000 in the development of a bespoke, kitted out manufacturing facility specialising in non-ferrous and stainless-steel fabrication. The renovated facility will share cutting facilities with the main site at KMF Precision Sheet Metal

BSI Logos ISO Quality Environmental
ISO standards help cut energy use

KMF Precision Sheet Metal have successfully completed the transition to the new ISO14001:2015 standard, from ISO14001:2004. ISO accreditation provides KMF customers with a competitive advantage in the global marketplace for sheet metal fabrication and machined components.

KMF Education Resource Centre
Charity supports school outreach scheme

KMF has been announced as a Centre of Excellence for the UK based charity, Greenpower Education Trust. KMF has been involved with the Greenpower Education Trust's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) project for many years.

KMF charity cycle ride Coast 2 coast
Bike marathon raises cash for charity

A team of KMF Group employees have cycled across Devon in a Coast 2 Coast Cycle Ride to raise money for Douglas Macmillan and Neuroblastoma UK. The 103-mile ride challenged the team to cycle from Ilfracombe to Plymouth.

Matt & Jordan Graduation 1
University honours for KMF students

KMF Employee's Matt Page and Jordan Davies collect their Mechanical Engineering Degree certificates from Staffordshire University at a graduation ceremony.

Endon High School wins KMF Young Engineer award 2017
Schools lift awards in robot challenge

School pupils from across the region of Staffordshire competed to become Lego robot champions in KMF's Young Engineer of the Year competition, held at Staffordshire University. The annual event brings together education and industry to engage youngsters through engineering.

Gareth Higgins MBE with KMF apprentices
Queen honours top KMF director

Inspiring the engineers of the future recognised with an MBE for KMF MD Gareth Higgins KMF Managing Director Gareth Higgins has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. Gareth, who has helped to steer KMF through 25 years of growth, is honoured for services to apprenticeships.

KMF apprentices at Stone soapbox derby
Soapbox challenge raise cash for hospice

Two teams made up of seven KMF apprentices raced in the Soap Box Derby in Stone. The two teams, who used impressive sheet metal fabrication and engineering skills to build Looney Tunes and Mario Kart themed vehicles.

MD Gareth Higgins 25 years at KMF
KMF boss marks his quarter century

KMF MD Gareth Higgins celebrates 25 years at the company and employees gathered to congratulate his continuous service and commitment. In this time, KMF has grown to a £35 million sheet metal fabrication and engineering group.

Salvagnini panel bender at KMF
Panel bender offers speed and efficiency

Last month KMF Precision Sheet Metal made the final purchase after a record year of investment with the acquisition of a Salvagnini P4lean-2516 panel bender. The automated metal forming machine adds to the metal bending capacity of the company.

KMF MD Gareth Higgins with Brian Matshall  Productivity Share Scheme winner
Bright ideas keep KMF productive

This year is year seven of the KMF Productivity share scheme (PSS7). The scheme pays out an annual bonus to any employee, spotting an opportunity for cost-saving within KMF and implementing that idea into a new process.

KMF Cycle Ride Stoke to Leicester
Bike ride raises money for good causes

Nineteen employees from the KMF Group took a break from sheet metal fabrication and engineering to cycle from Stoke City to Leicester to raise money for the Stoke City Community Trust.

Engineering Students in Lego semi final 2017
Semi finals challenge for young engineers

Hundreds of aspiring engineering students joined sheet metal fabrication experts, KMF Precision Sheet Metal at Newcastle-under-Lyme college last week, for their Young Engineer of the Year (YEOTY) Semi-Final competition.

KMF apprentice Daniel Bradbury
Cost saving scheme wins award

Twelve apprentices from across the county have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to business at this year's Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Apprenticeship Recognition Awards as part of National Apprenticeship Week.

SEMTA Awards 2017
Competition takes top skills title

KMF Group beat off strong competition last night at the Semta Skills Awards 2017 at London's Hilton Hotel, to pick up the esteemed award of Skills Innovation of the Year 2017. The event was hosted by BBC presenter Alexander Armstrong.

Spitfire
Business backing for City of Culture bid

Stoke-on-Trent is among 11 cities to formally enter the 2021 City of Culture competition, alongside fellow West Midland entrants Coventry and Hereford. With tough opposition, organisers are now urging local businesses and experts in manufacturing, innovation, building and design to show their suppor

Apprentice at work in KMF metal fabrication
Students get a taste of career opportunities

Aspiring engineering apprentices are invited to an open day to get a taste of the exciting and rewarding career opportunities offered by the KMF Group. The event was open to all youngsters and their parents.

KMF apprentices on the Spitfire project
Students to build iconic replica aircraft

KMF apprentices are undertaking their biggest challenge to date, with the construction of a full-size sculpture of the iconic WW2 Spitfire, designed by Stoke-on-Trent born R. J. Mitchell. The design is the creation of artist and self-confessed Spitfire fanatic, Suhail Shaikh.

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