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Last updated May 2018


May 2018

Monitor Marine embraces RIM technology!

Rapid Prototyping now allows Monitor Marine International (a Hepworth Group company)  to move its foundry processes squarely into the Digital Age and help us develop bespoke patternmaking capabilities.

When Monitor fittings are machined from virgin marine-grade alloys we can tailor our automated CNC processes to exactly meet the client’s requirements. Because Monitor Marine provides tailored fittings, our clients' prestigious projects often require subtle adjustments, and this is where the Hepworth Group embraces new technology.

Tom Dunkley, Hepworth RIM Moulding division's Project Leader explains: “Rapid Prototyping in conjunction with Lost Wax Casting makes perfect sense when you are making complex castings with small production runs. It also means that we can offer a tailored product very quickly and the Client doesn’t have to commit to expensive tooling for a small production run…”

Monitor Marine can now offer production processes where a 3D design, integrated into the fabric of a top designer’s vision for a Megayacht can move very rapidly from the designer’s drawing-board to being incorporated into the very lifestyles of our fastidious yacht-builders’ most discerning clients.


April 2018

Grypit new handles launchedGrypit launches new Hepworth manufactured cable handles!

Hepworth RIM Moulding client GRYPiT® is unveiling its next generation of
Hepworth manufactured gym equipment handles at Elevate 2018.

These new handles have been designed and developed to deliver optimum positioning between the arms and hands during training on cable equipment and have been manufactured in a resilient, hygienic polymer to deliver safe, comfortable and hygienic training without any need for gloves.

The major complexity with moulding these handles is locating the cable correctly. The cable is inserted and suspended in the tool

and resin is moulded around it, strongly adhering to the cable thereby removing the requirement for the post-assembly process needed to attach the cable to the handle.  Hepworth has been working on this new manufacturing process for some months, together with input from Grypit and our tool makers. One issue that had to be overcome was ensuring that the resin stuck to the cable only in specified locations; after a number of development runs Hepworth has managed to resolve the problem.

“It has been a fascinating project to work on” said Tom Dunkley, Technical Sales Manager for Hepworth’s RIM division, continuing “the technical difficulties and problem solving has made this a challenging but very enjoyable project. The new cable products are a great new addition what already is an excellent range of equipment.  We look forward to continuing working with Grypit".


January 2018

Hepworth celebrates 150 yearsHappy 150th Birthday to B Hepworth

Still going strong and looking to the future, Midlands based manufacturing company B Hepworth & Co Ltd is celebrating its 150 years anniversary in 2018.

B Hepworth & Co Ltd was founded in 1868 by Mr Benjamin Hepworth, originally as a manufacturer of chemicals for the carpet manufacturing industry in Kidderminster.  The Eddy family acquired the business in the early 1900’s and continued with the business, however during the 1950’s and 1960’s environmental pressures of operating a chemical plant in a town centre, coupled with commercial pressures led to the company looking at a different future direction; the design and manufacture of windscreen wiping systems.

In 1988 Jonathan Eddy (Hepworth’s current CEO) became Managing Director of B Hepworth & Co Ltd and was responsible for a strategic change of direction, taking the company from its traditional UK Commercial Vehicle and Bus markets to the Marine and then Rail markets, targeting development of those export markets.

In 2004 Jonathan Eddy concluded the successful purchase of Hepworth’s largest competitor, Wynstruments Ltd. and then in 2009 a Fabrications company was bought, adding to the company’s portfolio of services.  In 2015 Monitor Marine International, manufacturer of high quality, precision engineered stainless steel marine deckware and interior fittings, was acquired and, in 2016, a RIM Moulding division was set up and launched, adding to the company’s product offering and bringing on board a new variety of clients from additional business sectors.

Hepworth relishes variety and challenge, and is proud to have its products on some of the world’s most prestigious and interesting projects, with wiper systems on vessels from the Queen Mary, US Navy Combat ships and Oil Rigs, to those on the fastest train in the world and the Arial Nomad! 

Ever flexible in outlook with their Marine, Rail, Automotive, RIM Moulding and Fabrications manufacturing divisions, award-winning Hepworth is always looking to the future; the next innovation, the next added-value service, the next developing market. 

Jonathan Eddy, CEO of B Hepworth and Company Limited is justifiably proud of the milestone in his company’s history.  “From manufacturing chemicals to windscreen wipers, fabrications, yacht fittings and more recently RIM plastic mouldings, Hepworth’s journey has been long and varied.  Hepworth’s USP is our ability for bespoke design and manufacture to each individual customer’s specifications. Our products are manufactured in our three factories based in Redditch, UK where nearly all the manufacturing processes are in-house, with a capital investment program allowing the introduction of new plant and machinery to meet ever-changing requirements” said Jonathan, continuing  “Selling our products and services around the world we have met many wonderful customers and suppliers; I attribute Hepworth’s success to the hard work and dedication of its staff and employees who have always worked tirelessly to deliver the very best quality products and service. I would like to thank everyone both past and present for their commitment and loyalty.  We are currently working on many new projects and new product designs, welcoming the challenges and looking forward to the company’s continued future growth”.


March 2017

Upcoming Exhibitions

Hepworth’s RIM Moulding Division will be attending the Made In The Midlands, Automechanika Birmingham, Subcon and Advanced Engineering Exhibitions this year.

Made In The Midlands
MITM
Ricoh Arena Coventry, 25th May - Stand Number: TBA
The Ricoh Arena in Coventry provides a fantastic space for the Midlands supply chain, from automotive to aerospace, rail, defence and medical to showcase their business capabilities. The exhibition will host some of the biggest names in the sector, such as: Jaguar Land Rover, Ricoh PLC, Mahle Powertrain, GKN, Sertec, Gestamp, Autins Group, Cab Automotive plus hundreds of others.


Automechanika Birmingham

6-8 June, NEC - Stand Number: 6E135
Automechanika Birmingham is the UK's leading exhibition for the automotive aftermarket and supply chain. 
Bringing the very best of the automotive industry together, the 2017 event will be 70% bigger than 2016 with over 800 quality exhibitors, including 250 new companies exhibiting at the show for the first time. The event provides a one stop shop to meeting the who's who of the industry, discovering new technologies and seeing a packed programme of seminars and live technical demonstrations from industry experts.



Subcon

6-8 June, NEC - Stand Number: F47
Subcon is the UK’s premier manufacturing supply chain show dedicated to subcontract and outsourced engineering services. This is the must attend event for subcontract manufacturing buyers from all industry sectors, to source suppliers, benchmark capabilities, and secure contracts in order to remain competitive in a global market.


Advanced Engineering

1-2 November, NEC - Stand Number: O180
Advanced engineering supply chain meets face-to-face with engineering management spanning R & D, design, test, production & procurement from OEMs, integrators and top tier industry players. Advanced Engineering will once again host multiple co-located show zones, providing the largest collection of supply chain opportunities, technology case studies and innovation partnerships under one roof. A ‘must-attend’ for engineers, product designers, buyers, specifiers & manufacturing professionals from UK & International OEMs, primes, and component parts & structures SME’s.


February 2017

Hepworth has a handle on GRYPiT®

Grypit ergonomic handlesHepworth Mouldings, a division of the Hepworth Group has entered into a long-term manufacturing partnership with Grypit Ltd, a Derbyshire based company who were looking for a new source of supply for their ergonomically designed gym equipment handles.

GRYPiT®’s development team have spent the last couple of years perfecting a selection of gym handles to suit every requirement of pulley systems.  A world away from traditional steel bars and handles, the GRYPiT® robust, polymer moulded range reshapes thinking about role and function.  The handle designs ensure that hands are correctly aligned in the ‘neutral’ position when training to help reduce risk of stress-induced conditions such as carpel tunnel syndrome, lessen likelihood of grip fatigue and promote improved performance.

Reaction Injection Moulding (RIM) in PU resin, Hepworth Mouldings utilised specialised tooling methods to manufacture the wide range of equipment handles in GRYPiT®’s range, which can be seen on their website, www.grypit.com.

Tom Dunkley, Technical Sales Manager at Hepworth Mouldings said "we undertook an intensive sampling process, perfecting both the moulding and finishing processes. The moulding aspect of the project is extremely technical and we could not have taken this on without our extremely experienced team. We are delighted to have been nominated by GRYPiT® as their long-term production supplier. The handles are a fantastic, revolutionary product and I'm sure they will take the fitness industry by storm".


 

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