Surface World December 2018 Surface World Magazine December 2018 - Page 14

INDUSTRY NEWS Master Abrasives newest apprentice, James Wilson, is the company’s new Manufacturing Apprentice who joined the production team in February. James is being trained to become an operator in the Master abrasive belt conversion facility in Daventry. Lee Noonan joined the company as a Technician Apprentice in our tool services department in 2016. He is well on his way to achieving his formal qualifications via one day a week at NITAL training facility and 4 days on-the-job working alongside our tool services technicians as well as completing the statutory work assignments. Taking on apprentices isn’t the only step Master Abrasives has taken to support the initiative to train engineers of the future. The company has been a long- standing supporter of the 1,000 mph BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car 12 (BLOODHOUND SSC) since early days of the project in 2014. Master supplied a variety of high performance abrasive products for use both in the workshop and in the actual build of BLOODHOUND SSC and its Applications Engineering Manager, Ian Meredith, has been involved in a number of BLOODHOUND education events as a BLOODHOUND ambassador. engineering skills in the UK workplace. By offering apprenticeships and our support to STEM projects such as F1 in Schools and The BLOODHOUND Project, we are investing in the future of UK manufacturing and also sharing our abrasive expertise and knowledge. As we say: offering ‘solutions for industry’ now and in the future.” Master Abrasives also supported a team of students in the F1 in Schools global challenge of 2016. The team of six students took part in the challenge to deploy CAD/CAM software to collaborate, design, analyse, manufacture, test, and then race miniature compressed air powered balsa wood F1 cars. Sixth Degree was the team to come 5th in the F1 in Schools world finals in Austin, Texas. Master Abrasives can offer the complete solution to finishing and grinding abrasive applications through its abrasives, grinding machines, metrology equipment and power tools and services. These products are supported by technical applications advice through a team of experienced engineering professionals offering their industry expertise and knowledge. Ian Meredith commented, “We at Master Abrasives are well aware of the need for For more information, visit DECEMBER 2018 read online: