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Manufacturing Champion Launches Advanced Manufacturing & Automation Unit at Trafford College

AMAC Launch | Magnesium Elektron

Graham Wardlow, Managing Director, UK Operations, Magnesium Elektron, and a Champion for the Greater Manchester Manufacturing Champions Network opened a new Manufacturing & Automation Unit at Trafford College on Thursday 4 February.

“We need first class learning opportunities delivered by first class educational establishments to train people with the skills that industry needs. It’s great to see that Trafford College has continued to invest and raise the bar with this new Advanced Manufacturing & Automation Unit which will give students and apprentices the skills they need to succeed.” said Graham Wardlow.

The third of a million pound unit has the latest in robotics equipment, pneumatic and electrical automation technology.

“Not only will our new training unit provide learners with cutting edge skills, it will provide businesses in the region the skilled personnel they need to thrive.” said Sir Bill Moorcroft, Principal.

In addition to industry leaders, there were 3 special guests at the launch, 3 apprentices training with Trafford College and leaders in their field:

  • Harry Wardle an Engineering Apprentice with Manchester University
  • Freya Johnson, a Mechanical Engineering Apprentice with Kellogg’s
  • Thomas Linaker a Rail Technician with Siemens

“It’s great to have this equipment at Trafford College,” said Freya Johnson: “it will really help me in my training and I can learn new skills in the unit and then apply that knowledge at Kellogg’s.”

Graham was at Trafford College to chair a meeting of the GM Manufacturing Champions Network on “Addressing Your Skills Challenges.” The packed meeting saw industry leaders including Tim Monaghan, MD of Diodes Incorporated, lead a discussion about the challenges of managing change and skills development. Whilst Alan Purvis MD of Mettler Toledo, told his story about how the business was growing through investing in their future workforce.

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The Greater Manchester Manufacturing Champions Network is led by executives from major companies to support the growth of small and medium sized manufacturers by sharing their experiences and thoughts about strategy & performance management. The Network is backed by the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership (GM LEP). For more information on the Network visit or contact: John Steward on 0161 237 4630

Magnesium Elektron specialises in developing, manufacturing and supplying magnesium products to technology industries worldwide. For more information contact