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June 2023 Newsletter

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ASAMS June 2023 Newsletter. Independently Owned. Consistently Excellent.

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!

ASAMS team reaching new heights

 ASAMS team reaching new heights  ASAMS team reaching new heights

In April members of the ASAMS team took part in a climbing activity at the Highball Climbing Centre in Norwich. The activity began with some tuition and instruction followed by a tour of the centre. The following few hours gave the team the chance to challenge themselves mentally and physically as the walls became progressively tougher! Fortunately for the team lab manager, Ziggy was on hand to offer some technical expertise as a regular visitor and member of the centre. Following this activity, much needed refreshments were sought at local award winning vegetarian Indian restaurant, Namaste.

ASAMS exhibiting at SPE Europe 2023.

ASAMS are returning to SPE Offshore Europe for 2023. Postponed from 2022, the conference focuses on upstream oil and gas production and is amongst the largest of its kind in Europe. Taking place at P&J Live in Aberdeen, Business Development Manager, Jamie says “We are looking forward to returning to SPE and looking to meet new and existing clients to discuss current and future projects in the pipeline”. SPE Europe takes place on 5 – 8th September, should you wish to schedule a meeting in advance with ASAMS please contact Jamie on 01493 653535 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We look forward to seeing you there!

ASAMS attend Hitachi Energy Meet the Buyer event.

In April our Business Development Manager, Jamie attended the Hitachi Energy Meet the Buyer event at the Norwich City football ground on Carrow Road. Working with the Norfolk Chambers of Commerce, Hitachi Energy has been appointed by Ørsted to deliver the construction of two HVDC Converter stations Link 1 & 2 for the Hornsea 3 offshore wind farm.

Jamie said “These events give local businesses and individuals the opportunity to showcase their skills and expertise and to meet and discuss the opportunities to work on the Hornsea 3 project with Hitachi Energy aswell as an excellent opportunity to meet and network with local businesses.” Hornsea Three is set to be constructed 75 miles off the Norfolk coast and will be the largest wind farm in the world if it gets the go ahead.

Testing Technician, Ahmed obtains forklift licence.

 Testing Technician, Ahmed obtains forklift licence    

We are thrilled to announce our testing technician, Ahmed recently obtained his forklift licence. It’s an excellent achievement that demonstrates his commitment to continued professional development and versatility in the workplace.

Ahmed undertook training to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to operate a forklift safely and efficiently. Now equipped with his forklift licence Ahmed will assist with the safe and smooth movement of deliveries.

ASAMS exhibit at the official opening of East Coast College welding academy.  

 ASAMS exhibit at the official opening of East Coast College welding academy  ASAMS exhibit at the official opening of East Coast College welding academy


The new academy is located at the College’s Great Yarmouth campus and the event was attended by welding professionals and mayor of the borough, Graham Plant. The launch included technical demonstrations and exhibitors from a range of suppliers including ASAMS. East Coast College has also gained certification under TWI Certification Ltd’s Certification Scheme for Welding Training Organisations (CSWTO) and is now a CSWTO Approved organisation, providing an excellent platform for the next generation of welders.

ASAMS attend SNS23: Vision 2030 at Norfolk Showground.

 ASAMS attend SNS23: Vision 2030 at Norfolk Showground  ASAMS attend SNS23: Vision 2030 at Norfolk Showground


The SNS23: Vision 2030 exhibition and conference was the biggest ever in terms of visitors and exhibitors with exhibition space sold out along with the conference dinner. ASAMS business development manager, Jamie commented “It was great to hear the buzz around the networking area and to meet a number of our clients along with members of EEEGR. It was an engaging environment to be in.” Also in attendance were the successful students from University Technical College Norwich to present their winning designs for the Equinor Floating Wind Project. We are already looking forward to SNS24 next year!

ASAMS are proud to support local teenager with ambitious dreams.


Black belt Gerard Knight took up karate at the age of 4 years old in a bid to fend off bullies. Gerard has now been chosen to represent Great Britain at the World Martial Arts Games on Daytona Beach, Florida at the end of July.

Gerard qualified for the World Games by winning a medal in kickboxing and hopes to represent GB at the Olympics in the future. Gerard has just completed his GCSE’s and outside of school he is a carer for his epileptic disabled mother and helps his nan as much as he can. Gerard is still raising funds to meet his target and his go fund me page can be reached at:

Gerard would be so grateful for any help possible in achieving his goals and any donations are highly appreciated. The team at ASAMS are wishing him well and will be following his progress through the tournament.

 ASAMS are proud to support local teenager with ambitious dreams
 ASAMS are proud to support local teenager with ambitious dreams

ASAMS return to largest subcontracting manufacturing supply chain show.

ASAMS return to largest subcontracting manufacturing supply chain show ASAMS return to largest subcontracting manufacturing supply chain show

ASAMS Director, Thomas and Business Development Manager, Jamie returned to Subcon for 2023. Part of the Manufacturing week at the NEC in Birmingham, the two day event presents the best in UK manufacturing, engineering excellence and innovation. The show covers the full product lifecycle from design, engineering, manufacturing and maintenance, flying the flag for manufacturing and engineering in the UK.

Business Development Manager, Jamie commented “I am passionate about UK manufacturing and it is great to see the level of innovation and immersive tech-driven capabilities of UK businesses. This show provides the opportunity to connect with these businesses and discuss how our services can assist in the supply chain.” Subcon is the premier event for procurement teams from both OEMs and tiered suppliers.

Business Development Manager, Jamie Podgers completes IOM3 Course.

Business Development Manager, Jamie has completed an Engineering Metallurgy course facilitated by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. The course focused on basic metallurgy, properties and processing, fabrication and application of steels and stainless steels and non-ferrous materials. Jamie commented “This course has enabled me to have a deeper understanding of materials and metallurgy and in particular the real-world scenarios we worked on gave perspective to the criticality of material selection taking into account the end use of the material ensuring it is fit for purpose and the expected lifespan.”

IOM3 is the global network for the materials cycle, promoting sustainability and greater circularity in the extraction, processing and use of natural resources.

ASAMS proudly awarded Gold Plated Employer from East Coast College.

In May ASAMS were proudly awarded Gold Plated Employer award from East Coast College. The award demonstrates ASAMS commitment to working with East Coast College to offer great opportunities for young people in and around Great Yarmouth. The award is for outstanding service support to Students of East Coast College. Presenting the award to ASAMS Director, Thomas was East Coast Colleges welding and fabrication lecturer, Doug Lawrence.

ASAMS 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:

1. We can work to the latest version of standards sooner in response to client requirements.
2. We can now test under our UKAS accreditation to methods which we do not hold UKAS accreditation to, as long as the testing does not introduce new principles of measurement or measurements outside the parametric boundaries defined within the standard specifications already accredited.

Practically for our clients this means responding to their needs better and faster. In addition, testing that is very similar to existing tests we undertake may be able to be tested under our UKAS scope of accreditation, dependent on a review of the requirements.

ASAMS Executive Director, Andrew Page said “This is a step forward for ASAMS being able to better meet our client’s needs.”

If you have any questions about the flexible scope or think that this service may be useful to you please get in touch with our lab at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or alternatively you can call a member of our team on: 01493 653535..

Our full, updated schedule of accreditation can be found here.

ASAMS Director, Thomas Whiskin completes Norwich Triathlon.

The team at ASAMS are so proud of our Director, Thomas and his group of friends for taking part in the Norwich Triathlon on Sunday 26th June. On one of the hottest days of the year Thomas completed the challenge ahead of his expected time. They were able to raise over £2000 in support of the Turner Syndrome Support Society. If you’d like to get involved, please click the link below to learn more and to support the cause. Every bit helps!


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