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OUR FOCUS IS UK MANUFACTURING

2017 has begun with the same air of instability that 2016 ended with. However, like many companies in the Midlands its business as usual at Threeway.

We begin our year with an update on Paterson Photographic, a manufacturer and distributor of photographic hardware from Traditional Darkroom products through to Tripods and venturing into the digital era with our soon to be expanded Studio Lighting Range.

In March Paterson Photographic will be exhibiting at the Photography show, at the NEC, for the frst time in 4 years. This follows a review of all areas of the business from branding to websites and from improving manufacturing processes to enhancing distribution channels both in the UK and overseas.

New branding and new improved mobile friendly websites were an aim of the Thruway group this year. We have started with Paterson and given a traditional well-known brand a 21st century facelift without losing its identity. The new logo will now be the starting point of the new website which will be completed prior to the show and will include many of the features required for a product distributed worldwide but will still keep its customer service focus.

Improvements in the production of Benbo Tripods have enabled new partners to be acquired to assist in the worldwide sales drive and enabled us to be ambitious with our 2017 and 2018 growth plans for this beloved British product.

UK sales are already increasing and we are in discussions with our current European distributors and hoping to improve our USA foothold considerably over the next few months. As British manufacturers the weakening of the pound has opened doors which were previously closed. It is our aim to make the very best of these opportunities and show the world the best of British manufacturing.

The traditional Darkroom products have also shown a resurgence in recent years with volume up more than 10% last year and signs of more growth this year. Kodak have re-entered the marketplace with Ektachrome flm after 5 years out of analogue which only fuels our enthusiasm and investment. Some of the darkroom range have been redeveloped including our enlarger timers.

Prior to our modifcations different circuit boards were required for each geographical location due to each location requiring different plugs. We now have one circuit board and the product can be easily switched to accommodate the requirements of all our customers. This has been achieved with the assistance of a UK manufacturer who we have worked closely with to redesign and resource the board. This shows how UK companies can compete when determined to keep a brand in the UK.

Recent surveys have indicated a large following for analogue exists within the age range 25 to 34. We have therefore undertaken the printing of product fact sheets to ensure the art of analogue flm developing is not lost to the next generation. These fact sheets will be available on our new website for downloading and be available via social media.

As with the tripods, distribution channels for the studio lighting range of products are opening up with the current economic situation. Possibilities for growth later in 2017 are becoming more abundant.

Due to our confdence we have engaged the services of Warwick University to enable our lighting system to accommodate an LED light appropriate for the photographic industry. This module approach to our lighting systems is only possible as the light is manufactured in the United Kingdom and the customer service is available to back up our products.

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THREEWAY TRUMPS BREXIT

Whilst the business and political elite come to terms with a year of unpredictable results and instability Threeway Pressings celebrates a successful year of positive change.

Along with many small and medium sized manufacturing companies based in the UK we have continued to stay positive about our abilities to produce and deliver excellent quality. This is achieved at a competitive price and just as importantly with great customer service.

The past year has seen significant changes in how we operate here at Threeway. These changes have of course been with challenges which we have managed to overcome with hard work and good team ethic.

Our Brands have been buoyed by the expansion of our sales and marketing team. We have greatly improved the quantity and quality of our social media over the last 12 months and the brands now have more positive presence in their respective market places. This will be boosted again next year with Paterson exhibiting at ‘THE PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW’ at the NEC in March 2017 and the Gardening Brands, Bullbarrow, Spyrabase and Radius, once again securing a stand at ‘BBC GARDENERS WORLD’ at the NEC in June 2017.

Next year our websites will be radically overhauled to bring them in line with the latest designs and enable them with the smart phone technology required for future years.

On the Manufacturing side of the business we have also benefitted from Phil Stanley’s positive approach to UK Manufacturing. We have continued to innovate and this year we have protected a puncture proof tyre, a foldable spade and a tourniquet. These are for very distinctive market places and will further enhance our claim to be one of the most diverse manufacturing companies in the UK.

The innovations have been supported by assistance from Warwick University who provided an internship to prove our designs by undertaking final research and testing of the Puncture proof tyre and are assisting with the final product design for the Tourniquet. Scott Harrison of Swindell and Pearson Ltd has also been a great help guiding us through the minefield of IPR protection on these new products.

With over 100 attendees our record breaking turnout at the ‘Made in the Midlands’ breakfast morning in July allowed us to show our full range of capabilities to many peers and prospective suppliers and customers. An event which was enjoyed by staff and visitors alike and we thank them all for their support.

This was followed up by our recent award for manufacturing achievement received in October at the Made in the Midlands awards. Here at Threeway we see this as a superb accolade to our abilities bearing in mind the array of talented and fantastic larger businesses potentially in the running. Threeway have also debuted on MIM TV recently and will be returning to the Made in the Midlands show next May to support and promote midlands manufacturing.

Any Pressing or Injection Moulding enquiries please contact Phil Stanley or Richard Perry on 0121 520 2345 or visit our website www.threewaypressings.co.uk

Leading the way in UK Manufacturing

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Threeway Flying High For Charity

Whilst The UK economy and indeed the world economy are in uncertain times the outlook for the next few years is still for steady growth. TWP group are investing now to ensure that our manufacturing base is secure for the future hurdles. Recent and upcoming elections along with further question marks over European involvement will continue to challenge midlands manufacturers.

Threeway Manufacturing started 2017 by going through a rebrand, Director Phil Stanley said ‘With all of the brands under the TWP group being so successful we feel 2017 was the perfect time to invest in new company branding. This will help modernise our brand and give a fresh approach as we aim to hit our goals and end 2017 on a high!

As technology is moving on it is pivotal that Threeway Manufacturing improved its online presence by reviewing their current website which is seen to be out of date. A more stylish and future proof website is what was needed for all the brands including Bullbarrow, Spyrabase and Paterson Photographic. Our new sites will have the latest e commerce technology enabling a customer friendly website on their smart phone, this will help fur fill our dropship potential.

During the month of March Paterson Photographic exhibited at Photography Show 2017, this was a great opportunity to show visitors the range of Benbo Tripods, a product assembled in the heart of the Midlands. The tripods have recently undergone a complete review of the manufacturing processes to allow distribution of the products to markets all over the world. Paterson also displayed its extensive range of traditional darkroom products , 95% of which are moulded and assembled at our injection moulding facility in Wolverhampton , and its digital age range of Studio lighting equipment and accessories.

Recently TWP Manufacturing exhibited at the Made in the Midlands Exhibition 2017 showing off the new company branding. TWP also felt this was a great time do their part for the community and raised over £1600 for the Midlands Air Ambulance. Director Richard Perry said ‘we would like to thank all Made in the Midlands members for taking part in this years raffle. It is amazing to see so many Midlands manufactures coming together to raise money for charity, I’m sure we will be doing this again next year once again for our chosen charity Midlands Air Ambulance.

Over the upcoming weeks Bullbarrow and Spyrabase will be heading to BBC Gardeners World Live, here they plan to display more capabilities such as tube manipulation, injection moulding , presswork and fabrication. You will be able to see the product of our capabilities on stand G380.

Bullbarrow are market leaders in supplying and manufacturing a wide variety of wheelbarrows and gardening equipment in Europe. Currently manufacturing eight different types of wheel barrows in 7 different colours Bullbarrow continues to keep outstanding levels of customer services. Once again Threeway Manufacturing and Bullbarrow have donated 50 barrows to local schools, you will be on display at the BBC Gardeners World on Picnic Hill.

Any Pressing or Injection Moulding enquiries please contact Phil Stanley or Richard Perry on 0121 520 2345 or visit our website www.threewaypressings.co.uk.