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3 July 2015

After a visit from the lovely people at the Mould Technology Magazine, they chose to write an article on CGP. It was published in the May/June edition to coincide with the PDM exhibition.
As a news article and not an advertising piece we had little control over its content. However, after reviewing the text we are really pleased with the journalists view of CGP as a company and team.

If you didn't read the article here is a copy of the text:

Infectious Enthusiasm

CGP Engineering, one of the UK’s leading specialists in high volume, fully hardened production moulds and P20 tools, has witnessed over the last few years a large increase in demand for its technical capabilities. The company, headed by Managing Director Phil Harrison, has responded by not only doubling the size of its Leicester based facility to make itself more efficient, but also by investing in new machine tools - a Sodick AG60L high speed EDM die sinker with a 16 station auto electrode (tool) changer, and a Hurco VMX42i vertical machining centre that features an Ethernet link to CGP’s VISI CadCam software, a mainstay of the company for over 15 years.

The spirit of the company, led from the top, is one of an infectious enthusiasm for toolmaking, underpinned by a ‘can do’ attitude. Perhaps this is a reflection of Phil’s life during his teenage years when he reached a very high standard in Judo; he trained with the Olympic team at the time. Phil commented: “With every single job we are committed to delivering a high standard of customer service. We constantly question our processes to see how we can make the optimum tool for each manufacturing project we work on, to ultimately create a highly efficient and productive tool that works first time.” Phil added: “There is nothing more satisfying to me than starting with a set of blank plates and seeing those transform into a stunning mould that produces perfect parts for our customers.”

Phil is also passionate about encouraging the next generation of engineers, and as such although CGP only has seven employees in total, two of these are apprentices. Phil explained: “Across the industry there is obviously an issue of skills being lost. In our own way we are trying to address this by taking on apprentices, indeed the average age at CGP is now down to 37.” He continued: “It really is fantastic to see the younger generation and time served toolmakers working and learning together, mixing craft and technology to deliver the best results for our customers.”

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