Why You Shouldn’t Miss Tube Fair 2018 in Dusselfdorf!

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Tube in Dusseldorf is the world’s most important trade fair for the tube and tube processing industry. In April 2018, the fair will return as the most important forum for industry experts and for anyone in the industry the fair is simply unmissable.

The stats presented below from Tube Dusseldorf 2016 speak for themselves for the opportunity that the fair presents to businesses in trades such as the Tube industry, the Iron, Steel and NF Metal industry and the Automotive industry. Just look at the visitor satisfaction rates!

Based upon 757 interviews with visitors during Tube 2016, 98% of visitors were satisfied with the exhibition and 95% would recommend it to someone else. 66% said they found new suppliers, which makes sense given that some 75% of trade fair visitors were executives with decision-making authority.

The infographic below is adapted from a larger image, created by Tube Dusseldorf, which can be found on their website here https://www.tube-tradefair.com/cgi-bin/md_wiretube/lib/pub/tt.cgi/Overview_visitors.html?oid=12922&lang=2&ticket=g_u_e_s_t  

The Tube show returns to Dusseldorf between the 16th and 20th April. You will find us at Stand A19, Hall 3, representing all of the UKF Group: UKF Stainless, JPC Perforators, Ferrari Stainless and Stainless Metals and Alloys. We hope to see you there!

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Motorcycle Live 2017 Birmingham

Motorcycle Live resizeOn Wednesday 22nd November, I hopped in the car with UKF Business Development Manager, Steve Egginton and we travelled twenty miles up the motorway to the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, for this year’s edition of Motorcycle Live.

We battled the cold November air on our way in and after taking a moment to gather our bearings and work out which bus exactly we needed to take from the car park, we made our way into the show.

Motorcycle Live is the UK’s biggest motorcycle show and to put it simply, it’s a paradise for bikers. Bike manufacturers, large and small were all in attendance, displaying their latest machines, along with hundreds of trade stands covering every aspect of motorbikes that you could imagine. There were demonstrations, live events and even celebrity appearances to scope out too. However, first and foremost, we were there to check out the exhaust manufacturers.

We were pleased to find fellow independent British firms trading at the show including Pipewerx. Steve and I were both impressed with the laser work that Pipewerx had completed on their tail trims, including mitring and cutting their company logo directly into the tube. I thought this was a great example of product branding and is something that we are already able to offer at UKF Stainless. What better way to personalise your tail trims, than by letting us leave your brands mark on them!

Some of the firms that we spoke to were unaware that we offer laser cutting, but there was plenty of enthusiasm for the service, so we look forward to pursuing this interest.

On a more negative note, we were unhappy to hear that some firms were paying over the odds for their steel tube, especially when we could be more competitive with our prices. Our steel tube is affordable and comes in a wide range of welded sizes.

UKF offers a wide variety of affordable continuous 6011 pattern perforated tube and our sister company JPC can offer interrupted perforated tube patterns, tailored or bespoke to your individual needs.

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It wasn’t all work, as I managed to squeeze in time to catch some of the Freestyle Motocross action hosted by Arena Cross. I could hear the bikes roaring from well outside the arena and I had to go and check it out!

Situated at the back of Hall 4, closed off in a seated arena, Arena Cross boasts some of the best Motocross talent around, leaving me on the edge of my seat. It looked like there were mere inches separating the riders from the roof, so there was little room for error. The riders didn’t disappoint as they fought to get one up on their rivals and impress the crowds with extreme tricks, leaving my self and the rest of the crowd in awe.

Following that excitement, we decided we’d had far too much fun for one afternoon, so we decided to call it a night. After dodging the rain and scratching our heads wondering where exactly our bus back to their car park was, we eventually found ourselves warm and dry back in the car.

To find out more about our Laser Cutting service, including for personalising exhaust tail trims, please call us on 01527 578686, email us at info@ukfstainless.co.uk, or visit our website at https://www.ukfstainless.co.uk.

We are more than happy to provide you with a quote for your work and we can also take tube samples, to make your life easier. 

Introducing Mitch Ward as UKF’s Site Supervisor for Site Two

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Please join us in welcoming Mitch Ward to the UKF Stainless and JPC team as the new Site Supervisor for our Production Facility in Bromsgrove. He joined us on the 20th November this year and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience.

For the last seven years, Mitch has worked at Radshape Sheet Metal Limited in Birmingham as the Commercial Manager and prior to that, for twelve years he was the Works Manager / Buyer at Cronation Limited.

In his new role, Mitch is responsible for managing the day to day operations and production planning at the UKF Group’s Production Facility.

Outside of work, Mitch enjoys climbing, walking his three dogs and CrossFit, having previously competed in and won amateur in-house CrossFit competitions.

He has also bizarrely had the opportunity to train alongside huge WWE Wrestling stars such as John Cena, Kofi Kingston and Cesaro, because his local gym in Selly Oak is their gym of choice for when the Wrestlers are performing in Birmingham.

We’re all looking forward to getting to know Mitch and to helping him to settle in quickly.

Introducing Thomas Fallon as UKF’s Marketing Executive

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Please join us in welcoming Tom to the team as our new Marketing Executive, he joined us on the 1st November and is based at head office.

Tom graduated from Birmingham City University in 2016 with an honours degree in Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations.

He spent six months working for Beattie Communications, an award-winning communications agency, at their offices in Birmingham. During his time there he wrote press releases for Beattie client Specsavers, securing coverage in newspapers such as the Scunthorpe Telegraph and Shropshire Star.

He also spent two months assisting the marketing team of Off To Work, a staffing and recruitment company for the hospitality sector, also based in Birmingham.

Outside of work, you will most likely find Tom supporting the dance music scene in Birmingham, making music, binging Netflix TV shows, or being a food snob with his better half!