19 November, 2013
In this issue
The 'Spotlight' is on Ash & Lacy
Vision Art for Creative Urban Design
Another Mini Adventure for the Ash & Lacy Pressings Division
Sounds Good
Apprenticeships - Building For The Future
Reducing the Risks of Forklift Collisions
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The 'Spotlight' is on Ash & Lacy
Spotlight, a new £7 million centre for young people in East London, will stand out from the rest in more ways than one thanks to the innovative 'dimple' cladding from Ash & Lacy.

Spotlight, a new £7 million centre for young people in East London, will stand out from the rest in more ways than one thanks to the innovative 'dimple' cladding from Ash & Lacy.

Spotlight is a “world-class youth centre” being built by Poplar HARCA to serve young people across the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. The £7 million centre will house a state-of-the-art multi-purpose performance space, a multi-room recording studio, a digital media suite as well as boxing and sports facilities when it opens later this year.

Creativity is the heartbeat of Spotlight and creates the foundation to develop the best programmes and opportunities for young people so a building design to compliment this was key. 

Situated right next to the Langdon Park DLR station, the exterior design with concave and convex shapes gives the building a strikingly modern feel and the combination of these shapes as the light reflects gives a constantly changing appearance. The Ash & Lacy Ashtech rainscreen panels were produced in Alucobond ACM with a duo-tone paint finish and are fixed onto Ash & Lacy's proprietary fully adjustable aluminium support framework.











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Vision Art for Creative Urban Design
Using perforated metal patterns to produce innovative visual images for cladding and decorative applications is helping to change the look of our towns and cities.

Using perforated metal patterns to produce innovative visual images for cladding and decorative applications is helping to change the look of our towns and cities.

Working exclusively for Levolux Limited, precision perforated metals from Ash & Lacy have been used to create stunning designs on numerous buildings including two impressive installations in London – one in West Brompton and the other in Pimlico.

The visual aesthetic gives an additional solution to facades to those already provided by Levolux.









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Another Mini Adventure for the Ash & Lacy Pressings Division
November 18th – a date all ‘miniacs’ will have in their diaries, as the brand new Mini (codenamed F56) will be launched at Plant Oxford in the UK. Following that, November 20th will see a near-simultaneous debut at both the Tokyo Motor Show and Los Angeles Auto Show. 

November 18th – a date all ‘miniacs’ will have in their diaries, as the brand new Mini (codenamed F56) will be launched at Plant Oxford in the UK. Following that, November 20th will see a near-simultaneous debut at both the Tokyo Motor Show and Los Angeles Auto Show. 

Although the interior design of the new Mini has been a closely guarded secret, we can proudly reveal that the ‘mesh ambient air hi-fi grill’ on the iconic mini dashboard has been manufactured by the Ash & Lacy Pressings Division.

New models from Jaguar Land Rover are also key to the growing success of the Pressings Division. The latest “baby Discovery” coded named L550 will be built at Halewood, Merseyside and is due to be launched at the end of 2014. JLR plans to launch 40 models over the next five years which is a huge boost for Ash & Lacy and the UK Manufacturing industry as a whole.



Sounds Good
Leading UK based technology company choose Ash & Lacy for its latest product - ZonarSound.

Leading UK based technology company choose Ash & Lacy for its latest product - ZonarSound.

Warwick Audio is a UK-based technology company specialising in the development of flat and flexible loudspeaker (FFL) solutions and has created a new product called ZonarSound.

 

ZonarSound is a new range of highly directional audio speakers that can position sound exactly where it needs to be heard. By producing contained sound zones, this range of loudspeakers is ideal for environments where overspill of sound into adjoining areas is undesirable. Open plan offices, office and hotel receptions, retail promotional ‘hot spots’, control centres, museums and many more areas can benefit from this technology.

Ash & Lacy were involved in the initial design stages, right through to perforating, pressing, painting and assembly.



Other News
Apprenticeships - Building For The Future
Like most manufacturing companies, Ash & Lacy has an ageing work force, and finding employees with the kind of skills needed has proved to be difficult.  In the interests of safeguarding the future by plugging the “skills gap”, the company decided to employ two apprentices.

Like most manufacturing companies, Ash & Lacy has an ageing work force, and finding employees with the kind of skills needed has proved to be difficult.  In the interests of safeguarding the future by plugging the “skills gap”, the company decided to employ two apprentices.

Ash & Lacy chose Sandwell Training Association as a partner in this venture, and Shaun and Mitch joined the company in November 2012.  The first year of their apprenticeship has been completed after combining two days per week at STA, studying for NVQ level 2 in Performing Engineering Operations, with 3 days per week at Ash & Lacy Perforators.

In their time with the company the two apprentices have gained experience of a range of manufacturing activities including tool making, maintenance, and machine operating.  They have been enthusiastic and eager to learn, and both are developing skills quickly.

The company has now committed a further two years, in which the lads will step up to advanced apprenticeships, working towards NVQ level 3.  This will entail day release at STA and four days per week at Ash & Lacy.  They will soon specialise in one discipline, with further education at night school, funded by the company, being a likely next step.




Reducing the Risks of Forklift Collisions
New Pedestrian Walkways in the factory will help minimise the risk of injury to pedestrians.

New Pedestrian Walkways in the factory will help minimise the risk of injury to pedestrians.

Each year there are about 8000 reportable forklift accidents, and over two thirds of those hospitalised are pedestrians. We have an enviable reputation when it comes to Health and Safety, and working in close partnership with the HSE, we were happy to take on board their recommendations and create clearly marked pedestrian walkways throughout the factory that will segregate pedestrians from forklifts and other traffic.

The walkways painted in red certainly stand out, as do the black and white ‘zebra crossings’, which have been placed in areas with maximum visibility for both pedestrians and forklift truck operators.

We look forward to many years of incident free forklift trucking!

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