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ASAMS Metallurgical Technician, Anya Reeves visits Stainless Metalcraft (Chatteris) along with fellow Cranfield University Students

Hosted by Martin Johnson and Shaun Smart, the visit provided an overview of the companies activities followed by a tour of the facility based in Chatteris, Cambridgeshire.  The robotic fabrication of nuclear waste storage tanks was observed, followed by a lively discussion on all aspects of fabrication, H&S and quality control.

Cranfield University MSc students visit ASAMS for testing insights

Following a recent visit to Metalcraft Chatteris and The Validation Centre, Cranfield University MSc students returned to visit ASAMS laboratory to view our testing facilities.

ASAMS putting smiles on faces at Circus Starr

For many years, ASAMS have been delighted to make an annual contribution to the circus with purpose, Circus Starr.  Circus Starr aims to transform, enrich and inspire the lives of children and families who need it most across the UK, through the magical art of circus performance.

New Anglia Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (NAAME) group Q3 meeting at Smurfit Kappa with a theme of “Sustainability”

Smurfit Kappa is a FTSE 100 company and one of the leading providers of paper-based packaging in the world, with operations in 22 European countries, 13 countries in the Americas, and 1 country in Africa.  ASAMS Business Development Manager, Jamie Podgers attended their site in Diss along with business leaders from across Norfolk to meet members of their management team and gain an insight on how they manage sustainability in their organisation.

ASAMS team escape to the city for an evening out

Members of the ASAMS team enjoyed an evening out at local escape rooms, Escape Hunt in Norwich. Racing against the clock the team was tested for their problem solving, communication and team work abilities on the Blackbeards Treasure and Alice in Puzzleland escape room challenges.

East Coast Manufacturing Group (ECMG) complete first engineering bootcamp

On Tuesday 10th October, East Coast Manufacturing Group celebrated the completion of their first engineering bootcamp at East Coast College Skills Academy.  The event aimed to recognise the hard work and contributions of the participating employers and also to celebrate the success of the students who participated.

East Coast Manufacturing Group rallied together 20+ local employers in the engineering and manufacturing sector, mapped the skills gaps and created a syllabus to bridge the gaps and provide a platform to introduce students to subject areas including welding, fabrication, drawing, machining, robotics and health and safety within various industry sectors including offshore, nuclear, marine and engineering.

Gerard wins handful of medals at World Martial Arts Games

Earlier this year ASAMS sponsored local teenager, Gerard Knight to pursue his dreams of representing Great Britain at the World Martial Arts Games on Daytona Beach, Florida at the end of July.

Following the two day event black belt, Gerard Knight came away with a handful of medals and a world champion title. Gerards medals include bronze for team fighting, two silver medals for kickboxing and a gold medal in the one-on-one Kimute karate tournament.

ASAMS undertakes Creative Swiping exercise for continuous improvement

As part of our continuous improvement strategy and in the pursuit of operational excellence, ASAMS took part in a Creative Swiping exercise to learn about and identify ideas employed by other businesses that could be enhanced and utilised within ASAMS.

ASAMS return to SPE Offshore Europe for 2023

ASAMS were pleased to be returning to SPE Offshore Europe for 2023. The premier show for oil and gas in Europe celebrated its 50th anniversary making for a special celebratory show.  Representing ASAMS was Managing Director, Thomas Whiskin, Laboratory Manager, Ziggy Cooke and Business Development Manager Jamie Podgers.

ASAMS attend UK Metals Expo at NEC

Following a successful show at SPE Offshore Europe, ASAMS Business Development Manager, Jamie Podgers attended UK Metals Expo at the NEC.

Mastering the Craft

ASAMS Metallurgical Technician, Anya Reeves begins her Master of Sciences Postgraduate Degree in Advanced Materials with Cranfield University.

June 2023 Newsletter

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Trainee Machinist joins the ASAMS team.

Trainee Machinist joins the ASAMS team     

We would like to offer a warm welcome to Elliot who joined the ASAMS team at the beginning of April. Elliot has recently completed a Level 2 diploma in welding and fabrication at East Coast College. Elliot will be joining the team in the machine shop as a trainee machinist.

When asked what he enjoys most about his job he said “The variety of work we do and that every day is different.” Outside of work, Elliot enjoys going to the gym, socialising with friends and is also a car enthusiast. Welcome to the team Elliot!


Development of new LIMS Reporting System for improving efficiency and customer experience

Lims System Completion is supported by the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership Growth Through Innovation Fund.

This is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

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Achievement of partially flexible scope

ASAMS are pleased to announce that we have been granted an extension to scope to a partially flexible scope. This will enable ASAMS to better serve our clients in two ways.

March 2023 Newsletter

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Thomas Whiskin attends Select 2023, University of East Anglia.

ASAMS director Thomas Whiskin was pleased to participate in Select 2023 at the UEA school of engineering. It was a great opportunity to meet the engineering students at all levels and give the students the chance to gain valuable interview experience whilst interacting with current engineering professionals. “The students were so passionate about engineering and the career ahead of them. It was great to meet with the students and find the future of engineering is bright.”

Thomas Whiskin attends Select 2023, University of East Anglia.Image Courtesy of University of East Anglia, March 2023 Select Event.


Sponsoring 40th Anniversary Activities for Our Client Boniface Engineering

More than 3,000 trucks were on display at the East of England Showground in Peterborough from April 30 until May 2 at Truckfest 2022, Europe's largest family-oriented truck festival.

One of them was the Boniface Engineering 40th Anniversary Truck which won a Highly Commended Award by the judges who walk around the show - which is a great achievement considering how many vehicles were there.

Brexit and the Status of UKAS Accreditation

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Whatever the outcome of Brexit, whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a deal, UKAS will continue to be recognised by the UK Government as the UK's sole national accreditation body. This has been confirmed by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, and is included in the Statutory Instrument drafted in preparation of a ‘No Deal’ Brexit occurring.

UKAS’s international recognition through signatory status to the multi-lateral agreements with the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) will remain unaffected by Brexit. Within Europe, UKAS will also retain its membership of the European cooperation for Accreditation (EA) and will remain a signatory to the EA multi-lateral agreement. Therefore, we are pleased to be able to confirm that UKAS Accreditation will retain the same international recognition that our customers and their clients rely upon, with the following exception:

ASAMS Covid-19 July Update

We are pleased to say that further to our last update in April 2020, we have adapted some of our core processes and our team have adapted to working in the 'new normal', to continue to provide all of our regular services during the usual working hours. Our previous investments in recruiting and training the right people, combined with developing robust IT systems, have enabled ASAMS to demonstrate a good level of resilience during the pandemic. 

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"All of our staff have worked hard to adapt to the changes to ensure that our company can continue to give great service to our customers" said Thomas Whiskin, Director, ASAMS.

In addition to completing a full risk assessment, maintaining social distancing and providing our staff with additional PPE, we have made four main changes:

  1. We have modified our workflow processes including reducing paper use, using screens to create areas allowing isolation of technicians during testing and increasing cleaning. Reducing paper use has enabled us to produce high quality, secure digital reports and therefore provide an even better service to our customers.