26 Aug 2022

Why we created the UK Patternmakers Market Update

You may have seen us posting about the UK Patternmakers Market Update on social media. Or, if you're subscribed to our content, perhaps you received an email about it. Or maybe you're just a rogue blog browser, wondering how you stumbled across this article. 

If you aren't yet familiar, for the past few months, we’ve been gathering and compiling data about patternmakers in the United Kingdom.

The research we have collated includes staff data, financial information, and the latest news. It’s sourced from Companies House, the suppliers’ own websites, and their social media profiles (if applicable).  

But whether in conversation with our clients, on social media, or in replies to our emails, one question always crops up: why?  


Page 2 from the Patternmakers Market Update (July 22)

Why are we publishing data that could potentially promote our competitors and introduce you to companies you may never have heard of?

We’ve not gone mad. Honest.

It's been a full-on couple of years for our foundry customers: Brexit; crowded supply chains; COVID-19. So it's unsurprising that procurement has been impacted.

And we believe in creating value for our customers and the wider manufacturing community. That means giving you anything we can that is useful or interesting. That’s not just tools and patterns – it’s also tips and advice.

To that end, we thought providing an insight into our industry will help you when you are selecting suppliers. We hope it’s useful to your buying process – whether you end up choosing us, or someone else.

We also hope that by making this data available to everyone, we’re doing our part in making the manufacturing world more transparent and mutually beneficial.

So, if you’re…

  • looking for a new supplier,
  • supplementing your current supplier,
  • a supplier yourself,
  • or simply curious about the state of the market,

this update is for you.

Click here to download the latest market update for August 2022 and subscribe to future updates

And could you benefit from some more foundry procurement intel? Try our buyers guide. In the guide, we cover: how much a foundry pattern costs (including hidden costs); how to optimise your RFQs; useful questions to ask your patternmaker; and how to reduce your tooling costs.

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