MACH 2010

At its second exhibition of 2010, June saw D. G. Controls back at MACH, the UK’s leading manufacturing technologies exhibition. Held at the NEC Birmingham,  MACH is recognised as a shop window for all types of machines and equipment used in engineering based manufacturing.

An integral part of the marketing strategy, exhibitions are a great opportunity to show much of the deegee catalogue of enclosures and circuit technologies, and prove a worthwhile forum at which to discuss specific product requirements with the deegee sales team.

MACH is a biennial event hosted by the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), a UK based trade association dealing specifically with engineering based manufacturing.  D. G. Controls has been part of the MTA since 2008, when it first exhibited at MACH. 

The week at MACH proved especially fruitful with a number of discussions with one of the UK’s leading automotive manufacturers regarding the deegee stacking beacon ANDON range.  With a portfolio which includes LED, xenon and filament technology, and being the only beacon company to offer 7 different colours and a sounder unit, the deegee stacker is wholly versatile for all your signalling requirements. 

For further details of any of the deegee beacon and sounder range, visit our website.

Don’t forget – we are at SPS/IPC/Drives in November!

MACH 2010

This week sees D. G. Controls back at MACH.  

Open from Monday 7th till Friday 11th June at the NEC Birmingham,  MACH is the UK’s leading manufacturing technologies exhibition, and is a shop window for all types of machines and equipment used in engineering based manufacturing.

Showing much of the catalogue of enclosures and circuit technologies, MACH will be a useful opportunity to see the deegee beacons and sounders “in the flesh”, and to discuss your particular requirements with the deegee sales team.

You will find D. G. Controls Ltd in Hall 4 on Stand 4020

For further details about tickets and opening times, visit

deegee joins Manufacturing Technologies Association

D. G. Controls Ltd are pleased to announce their membership of the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA).

Jon Whiten at the MTA Reception.  Photo courtesy of MTA 2009.

Jon Whiten at the MTA Reception. Photo courtesy of MTA 2009.

MD of D. G. Controls Ltd, Mr. Jon Whiten was particularly impressed with the MTA’s access to politicians and government when he was invited  to a reception at the House of Commons in November 2008.  Held in the Members Dining Room of the House of Commons, and hosted by Mr. Stephen O’Brien MP, Jon was pleased to meet with Mr. Mark Todd, the Member of Parliament for South Derbyshire.  This gave the introduction which resulted in the visit to deegee by Mr. Todd in February 2009.

The MTA is an Association of companies involved in some way in engineering based manufacturing.  It is focused on the representation of the engineering sector to government, supports members with specific industry intelligence, and hosts the UK’s largest manufacturing technologies exhibition, MACH.

Mark Todd MP visits D.G. Controls Limited

Mark Todd, MP for South Derbyshire visited D.G. Controls Ltd, the Swadlincote-based manufacturer of deegee beacons and sounders today.  After a discussion with D.G. Controls’ Managing Director Jon Whiten at a Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) event at the Houses of Parliament in November 2008, Mark accepted an invitation to come and see for himself how we manufacture the beacons.

Mark Todd MP visits the team at D.G. Controls Limited 16.02.2009
Mark Todd MP visits the team at D.G. Controls Limited 16.02.2009

After a factory tour, Wendy Whiten, Operations Director at D.G. Controls Ltd, and Jon Whiten, took the opportunity to ask Mark about the wisdom of grants for business, and whether the money might be better spent as tax credits for green initiatives and capital investments, rather like the Research & Development Tax Credits. 

This sentiment runs through many local businesses, from small to large, as reflected in a straw poll at the Resource Navigator Club (RNC), a Derby-based group where businesses such as D.G. Controls meet and discuss core business issues, green and environmental best-practice, and operating and energy efficiency.  Over 15 businesses discussed the benefits of grants at the latest meeting of the RNC on 13th February 2009, and 100% felt that grants did nothing to influence investment, whereas off-setting tax would encourage much more long-term product and business development.

D.G. Controls Ltd have been members of RNC since September 2008, and have found already that the sharing of ideas and discussion of issues saves a lot of duplication of work amongst the members. 

Mark was sympathetic to the plight, agreeing that in many cases grants are merely a bonus, if achieved, against a purchasing decision which would have taken place anyway.  However, as Mark said, “Whilst so-ever our European business counterparts are being offered such incentives, it would generally be considered by UK businesses as unfair to competition to not have such similar grants available in the UK.”

Mr. Todd has agreed to come to the next Resource Navigator Club meeting in March 2009, to feel the pulse of business in Derbyshire.

Meet and Greet

April proved to be an exceptionally busy time for the deegee sales team, as the same week Jon was in Hannover for the 10th year at Hannover Messe, the UK sales team took deegee to MACH, the machinery exhibition, at the NEC, Birmingham for the 1st time.

deegee has always found Hannover Messe to be a great opportunity to meet with key export customers, and 2008 was no exception.  Thank you to all those who took the time to come and see the new C-Series range.  As always it was great to meet up.

MACH was a new show for deegee, and helped to raise the profile particularly of the stacker and STC range for machinery, both new and retro-fit.   We were visited by a number of our end-users, and this is always interesting as we get a far better insight into different applications than often the wholesalers are able to give us. 

Next on the calendar is EuroLED 2008 on June 4th and 5th.  deegee are exhibiting for the 2nd year, demonstrating the new LED C-Series, and cementing our place as one of the leading LED beacon manufacturers.