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Press release
For immediate release
29th June 2005

I.T. for SME is as easy as 1..2..3..

Continuing to support manufacturing companies in the West Midlands, the West Midlands Technology Network (WMTN), along with 123insight, is organising a free evaluation workshop to demonstrate the revolutionary 123insight software to companies, many of which have already benefited from the WMTN’s free assistance. The workshop is being held on 20th July at the University of Wolverhampton’s Innovative Product Development Centre (IPDC), which is one of the WMTN’s partners.

Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Advantage West Midlands, the £9.3 million WMTN project is a collaboration of nine partners who collectively offer engineering product design and manufacturing consultancy free-of-charge to eligible small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Midlands region. The WMTN offers state-of-the-art techniques, expert advice and equipment that would not normally be available to smaller companies.

The software being demonstrated is specifically designed for manufacturing production management processes including; stock control, estimates and quotes, order processing and materials and capacity planning. 123insight is suitable for a wide variety of manufacturing types, styles and industry sectors. The aim of the WMTN is to develop product design and improve manufacturing processes amongst SMEs, and this workshop is another way of exposing companies to alternative design and production methods.

Mike Simpson, WMTN Programme Manager comments: “Once WMTN has assisted a company, we don’t like to think of that as the end of the relationship. Organising this workshop is another way of informing clients about technology and processes that will improve their business. The workshop is also a good example of how technology transfer can be applied to a group of companies who all have similar requirements.”

Guy Amoroso, Managing Director of 123 Insight Ltd continues; “We are delighted to be able to support the West Midlands manufacturing community. We already have a number of joint clients that are already reaping the benefits of the partnership between us.”

Notes to editors

1. The West Midlands Technology Network is a collaborative project that offers product design and manufacturing advice services free of charge to eligible small to medium enterprises within the Midlands region. It is a collaborative venture between University of Birmingham (Wave Solutions), University of Central England (Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre, Technology Innovation Centre), Centre of Engineering Excellence (Wolverhampton), Coventry University (The Design Institute), Staffordshire University (Electronics Design Support Centre and Computing Enterprise Unit), Walsall College of Arts and Technology, (Product Design and Realisation Centre) University of Warwick (Warwick Manufacturing Group) and University of Wolverhampton (Innovative Product Development Centre).

2. The European Regional Development Fund promotes economic and social cohesion by correcting the main regional imbalances and participating in the development and conversion of regions, while ensuring synergy with assistance from the other structural funds.


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