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Alpha Technology Day 2017

10 October 2017

Alpha Technology Day 2017

Design teams from 30 of Alpha Manufacturing's customers attended the annual Technology at Alpha's Manufacturing facilities for a day of technical insight and manufacturing best practice.

A Day of Adrenaline for Bri-Stor Group and Customers

13 September 2017

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The Bri-Stor Group this week visited the world-renowned Palmer Sports Bedford Auto drome site for a day of high speed thrills.

Bri-Stor Turn Suppliers to our Suppliers

08 September 2017


This week our sister company Bri-Stor Systems converted two brand new Vauxhall Vivaro vans for Trumpf UK, suppliers of most of our sheet metal machinery.

Alpha Apprentice Completes 100km Ultra-Marathon

29 August 2017

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Alpha Apprentice Will Murphy completed the gruelling 52-mile South Coast Challenge, running from Eastbourne to Arundel in an incredible 14 hours 15 minutes.

Gemma Climbs Kilimanjaro for Childreach

30 August 2017

Gemma Completes Kilimanjaro

This week a very tired but very satisfied Gemma Smith returned to Alpha Manufacturing from a 14,000-mile round trip after successfully climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

Alpha Successfully Complete Transition to ISO14001:2015

15 August 2017

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During August Alpha Manufacturing completed the transition to ISO14001:2015 from the previous version ISO 14001: 2004 along with sister companies Bri-Stor Systems and Atlas Coating.

The ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System revision was released in September of 2015 and specifies the requirements for an environmental management system that an organization can use to enhance its environmental performance.

All Businesses that are registered to the 2004 revision had until September 2018 to complete the transition to the revised standard, as the Bri-Stor Group endeavours to protect the Environment and Ecosystems through a proactive approach we set out our objective to attain certification to the 2015 Revision by September 2017.

The update from the previous 14001:2004 standard follows an intensive review of the system and brings in improvements in the following areas:

  • Integration with other management systems
  • A more integrated approach to organizational management
  • Reflect the increasingly complex environments in which organizations operate
  • Enhance an organization's ability to address their environmental impacts

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The transition process has seen our health and safety management take a completely fresh view of the system, highlighting any key changes between the two and identifying opportunities for improvement.

Over the last 12 months, the Bri-Stor group of company's management teams have been collectively engaged in revising their current working practices and procedures to meet the requirements of the new standard while still remaining compliant to their other existing obligations.

The culmination of which was a 3-day audit by awarding body NQA during the last week of July. Thanks to dedication and commitment to protecting the environment from employees and management alike, all three companies with the Bri-Stor Group were recommended for ISO 14001:2015

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Gemma Sets off to Climb Kilimanjaro for Charity

09 August 2017

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Alpha's higher apprentice design engineer Gemma Smith will set off to Tanzania tomorrow to begin a week-long climb of Africa's highest peak in aid of global child rights charity Childreach International.

Gemma will join up with 20 other hikers all from Universities across the UK on Thursday 18th August who have also been fundraising for Childreach ahead of the challenge. Between the group, a staggering £67,947.20 has been raised through various fundraising activities.

Having been in training since January 1st, Gemma has walked many of the toughest UK peaks in preparation, including mount Snowdon, Bowfell, Kinderscout, Fairfield Horseshoe and finally xxx last weekend which she completed carrying a 20kg backpack for good measure.

Gemma Kilimanjaro

Tomorrow Gemma will travel alone from XX to Nairobi, Kenya and finally on to Tanzania where the world's tallest free-standing Mountain awaits. The climb itself begins on Friday 18th and will take 6 days to complete as the group will spend a night at each of Kilamanjaro's campsites – Machame Gate (start of trek) (1,743 m), Machame (3,026 m), Shira (3,766 m) Barranco (3,983 m) Barafu (high (4,645 m) and summit.

With little time after the walk to enjoy Africa, Gemma will make the 7000 mile return trip to the UK on the 25th.

From everybody at Alpha Manufacturing good luck Gemma!

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Alpha announced as Manufacturer of the Year 2017

07 July 2017



Alpha Manufacturing are delighted to have been named Manufacturer of the Year 2017 at last night's Staffordshire Chambers Business Awards. The annual awards showcases the achievements and outstanding performance of Staffordshire’s best businesses.


The Awards evening was held at the Staffordshire County Showground on Thursday 6th July and was attended by finalists from all 13 awards.


In the Manufacturer of the Year category,  Alpha were up against staircase manufacturers Stairbox and Advertising constructions. Alpha were selected as the winner thanks to the huge success of the company over the last 12 months, particularly  terms of investment, employee engagement and new business.


Attended by a mixture of Alpha employees from directors to apprentices, the evening itself was enjoyed by all and the team were delighted to leave with the award.




Commenting shortly after the awards, Group Director Martin Smith said:


“It’s a really proud day to see our team collect the Staffordshire Chambers Manufacturer of the Year award. A richly deserved accolade for a group of people with tremendous energy and determination. Congratulations to them.”


Despite the successes 2017 so far, Alpha will be sure not to rest on their laurels after this win and work will continue to improve on the successes of this year.

Trumpf TruBend 7000 Project – More than another installation.

28 June 2017

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This week will see the completion of Alpha Manufacturing's' latest machinery installation as final programming and testing of the new TruBend 7000 Bend Cell takes place.

Alpha Shortlisted for Midlands Manufacturer of the Year

01 June 2017

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Alpha Manufacturing have been shortlisted for the Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce Manufacturer of the Year Award 2017.

The Staffordshire Chambers Business Awards celebrates the achievements, success stories and outstanding performance of Staffordshire's best businesses and had a great response from across the county. Over 200 entries were received in the 13 categories from all areas of the County, including Burton, Cannock, Leek, Lichfield, Newcaste-under-Lyme, Rugeley, Stafford, Stoke-on-Trent and Tamworth.

Nominated following a highly successful 2016 and early 2017, the midland based sheet metal fabricator will now enter the judging phase of the awards which will involve a visit by the judging panel. Finalists for the Manufacturer of Year Award will be judged on product design, testing, development, production, marketing, sales and overall business performance and Alpha are confident of impressing in these areas.

Currently in a period of intensive growth, Alpha recently invested £1 million in a new STOPA storage machine and TruLaser, and are currently in the process of a further £1 million installation of a TruBend Cell 7000 and TruPunch 5000 S12. This investment, combined with numerous business improvement initiatives were key to Alpha's nomination and will hopefully demonstrate the company's ambitions to the judging panel.

Alpha Manufacturing to Continue Strong Investment In 2017

06 March 2017

Following Alpha Manufacturing's recent £1 million installation of a STOPA automated storage system and Trumpf Trulaser 3030, both completed during February, the midlands based precision sheet metal fabricator are excited to announce a further investment of over £1 million planned for the coming months.

This latest outlay will encompass the addition of a Trumpf Trubend 7000 cell to Alpha's current Fold offering whilst a Trumpf TruPunch 5000 S12 machine will bolster Punch capabilities. Installation of the TruBend Cell is due to begin at the start of May and is expected to take 3 weeks, while the TruBend machine installation will begin at the start of June and will also take 3 weeks to complete.

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The introduction of a fully automated robotic bend cell will dramatically increase Alpha's folding capacity and flexibility through its high automation and offline programming. It's extremely fast and accurate processing speeds allow maximum flexibility, particularly in small batch work.

This will be the first Trumpf folding machine installation in Alpha's history and following investments in the Trumpf Trulaser and Trubend, re affirms Alpha's commitment to working with one of the biggest machinery suppliers at the cutting edge of manufacturing technology.

Key Features:
• X2 faster output than conventional bending cells thanks to synchronized processes
• Automated Load Master Bend loads sheets while production is underway
• Reduced downtime through offline programming
• Automated tool changer makes order processing extremely flexible, particularly when working with small batches
• 6-axis back gauge ensures maximum part flexibility

TruPunch 5000 S12
The fastest punching machine in the world, the new TruPunch 5000 will increase Alpha's current punch capacity by around 20% thanks to its superior capabilities in productivity, process reliability and flexibility.

Processing speeds will be dramatically improved thanks to the machines sheetmaster, allowing automated loading and unloading of materials and a 90-station tool changer which will negate the need to manually replace tools between jobs.

The addition of this machine also fits Alpha's long term strategy of shopfloor automation as it will eventually become fully integrated with the new STOPA storage system. This means that raw material can be picked from stores, punched and then loaded back into storage once completed', ready for the next process.

Key features:
• Punch stroke rate of up to 1600 strokes/min
• Maximum productivity in processing of complex contours due to increased rotational speed
• Drives without clearance allow maximum acceleration and positioning accuracy
• Optimized productivity and process reliability from smart functions
• Intelligent automation solutions such as ToolMaster Linear for fast tool changes
• Sortmaster pallet allows higher productivity by stacking and arranging finished parts

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The installation of these new machines, alongside Alpha's latest additions will entail a significant change to the factory layout as strategic WIP is evaluated with integration into the STOPA system in mind. It also once again reiterates the company's commitment to growth through strong investment in the latest manufacturing technology in order to stay at the forefront of sheet metal fabrication.

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A Day at the Races for Bri-Stor Group Veterans.

07 December 2016

A group of 70 employees and spouses from across the Bri-Stor Group enjoyed a day at the races this week to celebrate the launch of a new scheme which recognises long service within the group.

The Bri-Stor Group recently launched a long service awards programme which recognises the efforts and commitment of our longest serving employees. Anybody serving 15 years or over will receive a series of awards and gifts starting with one extra annual day’s leave, increasing for every extra five years thereafter.

Staff members from Alpha Manufacturing, Bri-Stor Systems and Atlas Coatings enjoyed a day at Uttoxeter races along with Group Directors to celebrate the introduction of the new scheme.

Bri-Stor was originally founded 33 years ago, and with many employees having joined and remained through the groups growth since then, it was decided that now was a good time to begin to reward those employees. 

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Installation of STOPA Automated Storage System Complete

03 March 2017

At the end of 2016 Alpha Manufacturing announced a £1 million investment in new technology in the form of a STOPA storage system and Trumpf TruLaser 3030 laser cutting machine. Installation of these two cutting edge machines began in early December and has now been completed, right on schedule.


These latest additions to Alpha’s facilities puts the Midlands based manufacturer in an exclusive bracket of only a handful of UK sheet metal manufacturers with this kind of technology.

The STOPA storage system offers fully automated material handling and material flow with full integration into processing machines. Raw material is loaded into the STOPA storage system and is then picked by a longitudinal moving picker crane and delivered to processing machines as required. 


This allows for ultimate efficiency in material handling and stock management, as minimum re order levels can be set and materials automatically replenished as required. By drastically reducing the manual labour required for transport and storage of material, so the risk of accident and injury to shop floor operatives is also minimised.

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Alpha Manufacturing Completes Stage 1 OHSAS 18001 Health & Safety Certification

28 October 2016

Alpha Manufacturing has this week completed the first stage of OHSAS 18001 certification which is the International Occupational Health and Safety Management Standard. This certification provides a framework for the effective management of OH&S including all aspects of risk management and legal compliance.

What is OHSAS 18001



Stage one of the certification process involves an audit of the Health & Safety management system to ensure that it conforms to the requirements of the standard.

The second and final stage of the certification will be completed during December this year when an assessor will conduct an operational audit of company processes, documenting how the system in place complies with the standard, using objective evidence.

What this means to Alpha's Customers



Achieving this certification demonstrates that Alpha fully understand and effectively implement a comprehensive health and safety management system, adhering to legislative requirements which allows us to Identify workplace hazards and implement effective preventive controls.

In turn, this means that factors such as lost time incidents are drastically minimised, improving productivity and therefore reducing lead times and costs to customers.


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