Wire firm's making an impact.A REDDITCH company which has been in business for nearly 135 years is in line for a top award for developing cutting-edge technology.
Midland Wire Cordage cordage (kôr`dĭj), collective name for rope and other flexible lines. It is used for such purposes as wrapping, hauling, lifting, and power transmission. Early man used strips of hide, animal hair, and plant materials. Company Limited has been shortlisted for this year's Lord Stafford Awards, which encourage the development of relationships between universities and business.
The firm is shortlisted for the Impact through Innovation category at the awards ceremony at Worcester Cathedral on November 13.
The pounds 1.5 million turnover company, founded in 1875 and boasting 11 employees, makes a wide range of steel rope products for uses as diverse as fencing, the aircraft industry, fishing and gym equipment.
Managing director Mark Ormiston said: "The future of our business lies in high-end technology.
"To achieve that objective, we needed specialist help and initially went down the commercial route but we were later made aware of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership Project and were given help by Aston University Outside:
Aston University has both standard and en-suite accommodation on campus. . The partnership has been mutually beneficial Adj. 1. mutually beneficial - mutually dependent
dependent - relying on or requiring a person or thing for support, supply, or what is needed; "dependent children"; "dependent on moisture" as the company receives expert help."
Lord Stafford Awards judge Paul Bishop of Winning Moves and Dr Nazar Abdelkarim of Midlands Wire Cordage in Redditch.