Rojac Tooling Technologies Ltd


The Advanced Engineering Cluster is supporting the development of eCluster, a group of high-quality engineering companies based in the West Midlands, UK, who want to offer their specialist services to a world-wide market. By combining their resources and skills they intend to bid collectively for larger work packages in a wide variety of markets.

“The Advanced Engineering Cluster has supported the development of the eCluster, a collaborative project that will harness the power of first class engineering companies in the West Midlands region”, says Duncan Blakemore, Managing Director of Rojac Tooling Technologies Ltd of Walsall and founder member of the eCluster. “It’s our intention to enable companies to work together, pooling skills and resources to offer clients a superior service.”

The eCluster will provide an extensive range of engineering products and services to a worldwide customer base from concept through to final production. One of the major benefits of working with eCluster is the facility for clients to track their projects through an online project management system. This major advantage, especially for international clients, provides 24/7 access to project information via the internet. They can be fully informed of progress, giving them complete confidence at all times. The system effectively reduces the need for travel, meetings and telephone calls, streamlines communication and speeds up technical queries - all enabling rapid response, shorter lead times and competitive prices.

Market sectors currently served by the eCluster include aerospace, automotive, Formula 1, rail, medical and environmental, although the skill set across the eCluster also spans the agricultural, marine and entertainment industries. The Advanced Engineering Cluster has helped identify potential eCluster partners and continues to seek out new companies keen to become involved in this and other developing Clusters across the region and beyond.

“As well as supporting individual companies with assistance in areas such as design, manufacturing and marketing, the Advanced Engineering Cluster is here to help them achieve competitive advantage by collaborating with other like-minded, progressive organisations. I hope that the eCluster is the first of many such groupings that will ensure long term sustainability across the region”, says Paul Butler, Advanced Engineering Cluster Champion.

Another eCluster member, Nick Cresswell, Managing Director of Glebe Engineering Ltd of Stoke-on-Trent, says that “the concept of clustering activity is, in my opinion, a sound one. It has the potential to unlock business opportunities from sources not previously available, and allows companies to work together for the benefit of the whole group. By amalgamating resources the group has a much greater and broader appeal, which should result in larger multi-discipline contracts being won.”