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Theo Paphitis rewards PMS

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

TV Dragons’ Den star, Theo Paphitis has rewarded Mark Groake and PMS Diecasting Ltd. with an #SBS award on social media site Twitter.

Mark Groake, Sales Manager at PMS Diecasting Ltd. had tweeted about the firm during “Small Business Sunday” (a social media initiative on Twitter) and Theo Paphitis re-tweeted his message to his 451,000 Twitter followers, having selected Mark’s tweet from thousands of others.

Mark said: “Each week 1000’s of like minded business’s / business people submit one tweet about their business to @TheoPaphitis #SBS in the hope of becoming one of Theo’s 6 favourite tweets that week to win a Re-tweet to his 450k + followers and be part of Theo’s #SBS network.

On the 19.10.2014 my tweet was selected as one of Theo’s favourite’s and got Re-tweeted to become one of the 6 #SBS winners that week.

Benefits include:

Re-tweet to over 450k of Theo’s followers
Profile on web site.
Continued Twitter support from fellow winners #NetworkSBS
Weekly invite to participate in Networking hours such as #SBSWinnersHour
Invite to #SBSEvent2015 in January at the ICC in Birmingham for the chance to network with other winners and to collect #SBS certificate from Theo Paphitis himself….”


Jobs at PMS Diecasting

Thursday, October 23, 2014

We are now posting our latest vacancies online!

You will now be able to see what current vacancies we have at not only PMS Diecasting Ltd. but also GoTools Ltd. and Laser-Scanning too!

Check every few days for updates as we do post regularly.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Click here for our jobs page

Leadership Training at PMS

Friday, October 17, 2014

Leadership training at PMS Diecasting

Four groups of employees from PMS Diecasting Ltd and Gripple Ltd are undertaking leadership training over the next 10 months.

During the 10 sessions each group will learn about attitudes, motivation, creativity, innovation, conflict, resolution, performance reviews, development and what challenges face the organisation and ‘how can I ensure my team and I support these challenges’.

HR consultant, Michele Holmes from Merbeck Consulting, is heading the leadership training which incorporates discussion, and activities.

Oakwood High School Visit

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Oakwood High School visit PMS Diecasting

It was an important day at PMS Diecasting Ltd.

Students and teachers, Ramzan Choudhrey and Hayley Thrall, from the ‘Create’ engineering department at Oakwood High School in Rotherham, spent the morning at the unit on Hellaby Industrial Estate, to enjoy a presentation and a tour of the facility.

Passionate about inspiring the next generation, employees at PMS, put together a presentation about their 100% employee owned company and its different departments. Students were able to learn about how the company works, the die casting process, Tooling, 3D Laser Scanning, Reverse Engineering and how these are all used from beginning to end at PMS Diecasting Ltd.

Following the presentation, all students were given safety glasses and ear plugs before touring the factory visiting Laser Scanning, Reverse Engineering, Tooling and the main floor of PMS Diecasting itself, to observe the complete process.


“It gives me a great opportunity to show students how Engineering and Manufacturing can be creative, fun and even considered ‘sexy’ as a place to work”…Gordon Panter, MD of PMS Diecasting.

Teacher, Hayley Thrall and students from Oakwood High School with Gordon Panter, Managing Director.

Gordon Panter talks to students about PMS Diecasting.

Calvin Higginbottom, Business Development Manager, talks to students about the die casting process.

Jack Carroll, Laser Scanning Technician, describes the laser scanning process, and creating a CAD file

Richard Moore, Operations Director, talks to students about health and safety in the workplace

Students abiding by regulations and receiving safety goggles and ear plugs before a tour of the factory

PMS go for growth..

Monday, October 13, 2014

A Rotherham company (PMS Diecasting Ltd. ) that formed as a result of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Sheffield Hallam University is maximising the opportunities to develop precision tooling expertise in the region.

PMS Diecasting has been producing high quality zinc diecastings for more than three decades and is one of Europe’s leading diecasters. It produces more than 36 million castings annually for the global manufacturer, Gripple.

The Hellaby firm were keen to explore how they could improve their own capability in tool-making and took advantage of the government-backed KTP scheme at the university that enables companies to employ a graduate to help them tackle a business challenge.

The initial focus of the KTP was to investigate the possibility for bringing tool-making in-house, in the hope that it could reduce lead times and costs by around 20%, but a change in strategy meant that KTP associate Luke Scott (pictured, below) was presented with a different challenge.

Gordon Panter, managing director of PMS Diecasting, explained: “Because of changes in the industry, the economics of in-house tooling became less attractive as external tooling suppliers became more competitive. We therefore asked Luke to concentrate his efforts on improvements to our automated production process and procuring new casting machines, as well as developing a product data management system to help us deal effectively with sudden increases in turnover and a variety of changes to the product mix.”

Read the rest on ‘Rotherham Business News’..

New 7.5 Ton Truck for PMS..

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

PMS Diecasting Ltd has recently taken delivery of a 7.5 ton truck, a Mitsubishi Cantor.

Driven by the growth of PMS Diecasting and our need to deliver more weighty products, this much more efficient truck (3500kg), is able to carry more than twice as much as the van (1500kg). The new truck will enable an improved customer service, image and on-going professional service.

Our drivers, John Curtis and Carl Richardson have successfully completed CPC training and PMS Diecasting Ltd is registered as an operator with VOSA (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency).

Dragon Boat Race 2014..

Monday, September 15, 2014

Saturday September 13, 2014 saw the annual South Yorkshire Charities Dragon Boat Race take place at Rother Valley Country Park.

Crew L to R - Christian, Joel, Ian, Andris, Shaun, Lee, Kyle, Dave, Damien, Andy & Danny

Twenty-seven teams participated in this fun, competitive, fundraising event, and once again PMS Diecasting Ltd (Team – YoYoYoYa Boat to be precise) battled against other local dragon boat racing teams to support local charities.


YoYoYoYa Boat - Team PMS Diecasting Ltd

Team spirits were high on this glorious day and ‘YoYoYoYa Boat’ came 2nd in their 1st heat against ‘Grip n Pull Pirates’ (Gripple Ltd) and team Loadhog in a time of 64.04 seconds over the 200m course! Dawn kept the teams timing in check as the role of ‘drummer’ in all 3 heats.

‘YoYoYoYa Boat’ triumphed in their second heat coming in 1st place against ‘Steel City Sinkers’ and ‘First4lawyers’ in 64.08 seconds and then went on to gain another 2nd place in their third heat against the ‘Aztec Dragons’ and ‘Dirty Oars’ in a time of 65.02 seconds.

A fantastic effort by all the crew and support crew and all the people at PMS Diecasting (and their families) who turned up to cheer our team on. THANK YOU ALL!

Race Times – PDF
Final Positions – PDF

Mark ensuring a well groomed appearance at all times.

Terry Mullins PMS babysitter

Crew - YoYoYoYa Boat - Team PMS Diecasting Ltd

PMS Golf Day 2014

Friday, September 5, 2014

Worksop Golf Club, home of Ryder Cup player Lee Westwood, hosted the first PMS Golf Day on Tuesday 2nd September.  We were blessed with excellent weather and great company from our guests.


1st Prize winner – Andy Cunningham


2nd Prize Winner - Frazer Belafonte

Andy Cunningham from Total Hardware won the individual stableford competition (37 pts) and Frazer Belafonte from Gripple won second place (33 pts)

There was also a longest drive won by Drew Blackburn and our very own Mark Groake won nearest the pin.

A big thank you to all that attended and made it such an enjoyable day.


Team 1 – Drew, Dave, Ollie and Mark


Team 2 - Lee, Chris, Pete, Andy

Team 3 - Chris, Andy, Gordon, Frazer






PMS North Sea Fishing

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Bridlington Sea Fishing Trip was a great success for Richard, Oskar, Steve, Andris, Dave, Allan and our guests, we had fine weather, calm sea’s and lots of fish caught, so many in fact it was difficult to keep count but a conservative estimate is over 500 fish between the 10 of us.

We had fantastic views of the East Yorkshire coastline as we drifted about 4 miles off of Flamborough Head, we even spotted a porpoise and a seal during the day.

Oskar being Icelandic was viewed suspiciously by the captain who remembered well the bitter Cod war of the 70’s.   We however got him off of the hook so to speak  by convincing the skipper that he was in fact Norwegian and not Icelandic at all, Richard didn’t want to miss out on Oskar paying his share of the car parking fee by being thrown overboard!

David Ford, Richard Moore and myself all  started out the day with the intention of winning the £25 prize for the most fish caught, Richard steamed ahead with his catch and had caught 30 fish in the first hour or so whilst I had only 5 fish after suffering technical difficulties with my rod and line.

Steve’s tactic of big hooks and big bait appeared to pay off, as generally he was reliably catching the bigger fish although in reality it was difficult to determine the biggest fish as it was a close thing amongst everyone so we held a draw to determine the winner of the biggest fish competition, the prize of £25 went to Steve and was well placed as he had the most big fish.

If there was a prize for the most rods used Allan would have won as he was on his 3rd set after just one hour.  At this point Dave was a dark horse keeping quite about his catch rate until the last hour by which time Richard was suffering with his back pain brought on with his earlier success, Dave announced he had 74 fish whilst Allan had 73 so the race was on.  At the end of the last hour Dave had 88 fish, Richard 68 fish and Allan 78

There was lots of chatter and banter throughout the day and we all eagerly awaiting the first sea sickness casualty to show his hand…………………….. or breakfast.  We had two promising contenders, Andris and Steve, as the excitement built they both tried to hold onto their stomach contents whilst contending with dealing with the likes of chopped up lug worm and stinky squid as bait.  Eventually Steve came through with an almighty Heave Ho to the Port Side and presented the first ground bait to the fishing grounds.  Well done Steve, I’m sure that’s what gave Dave the extra boost in fish numbers and allowed him to win!


EO Day 4th July

Friday, July 11, 2014

The GLIDE group of companies PMS Diecasting, Gripple, Loadhog and GoTools celebrated the Employee Ownership Day, 4th July with a fabulous party hosted at the Loadhog works.  All the companies staff had the day off to attend the event which was set up like a fairground with shooting, bucking bronco, crazy golf, operation, hammer hitting and a crazy picture photo booth.  We were blessed with great weather and everyone enjoyed the free bar, music and food stalls.


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