Stanmore Estate News

Kumho Motorsport, located at Stanmore Industrial Estate, Bridgnorth (near Birmingham) in the UK has made huge progress in the fifteen years it has been involved in motorsport and the company is now recognised as a major supplier of race and rally tyres with performance levels to rival the established brands.

Kumho Tyres' Technical Center in Korea is responsible for developing and testing the company's highly regarded Formula 3 tyres which are manufactured on a special production line at its high tech factory at Gwangju in Korea. Kumho Motorsport, is responsible for the company's motorsport activities in Europe. Besides its commitment to European Formula 3 racing, the specialist division also supports many circuit racing, rally and rallycross series.

Kumho supplies tyres distributed from its centrally located Stanmore based Motorsport Division to drivers and teams in championships throughout Europe and beyond. New products, sizes and compounds are continuously being developed by Kumho’s R&D department in Korea, with service and support provided by engineers and technicians situated at Stanmore.

Clive Cowern Transport have recently increased their storage and trans-shipping space at Stanmore Industrial Estate to 20,000 square feet indoors and 10,000 square feet outdoors in order to cater for the continuing growth of the business.

The firm was started by Clive Cowern 23 years ago when he began working from home as an owner driver and moved to Stanmore Industrial Estate 17 years ago.

The business now has over 40 vehicles varying in size from 35 cwt pickups to 44 ton articulated lorries with single and double deck trailers, some of which are contracted on a long term basis to Eddie Stobart and Mann Filters and carry their livery.

Clive Cowern Transport which won the Small Fleet of the Year Award at the 2004 Motor Transport Awards is also a member of the Pall-ex Distribution Network offering a variety of delivery options from Next Day to 2/3 day Economy and also 5 working days to European destinations for anything from 1 pallet to a full load.

Managing Director Clive Cowern says that eyebrows were raised in some quarters when his company took over from the previous Pall-ex member, assuming that Stanmore was an out of the way place for such a service, but he points out that transport times from Stanmore take only 10 minutes longer to the centre of Wolverhampton than the previous member achieved from their base in Willenhall. He adds that Stourbridge is less than 10 minutes away and Kidderminster is only 18 miles distant and that there is no traffic to speak of. Clive lives locally and says that the location is ideal for him in every sense, indicating the Shropshire countryside adjoining his premises. He maintains a good relationship with the Stanmore management who he has found responsive in providing for his urgent needs for expansion and who, like Clive Cowern Transport are also a family concern.

One of Shropshire’s top automotive suppliers has demonstrated its class-leading performance yet again after picking up two industry gongs. Bridgnorth’s Grainger & Worrall, which employs 343 people at the Stanmore Industrial Estate, now has two more honours to add to its collection after walking away with the Export winner’s trophy at the Accelerate Supplier Awards. The family-run firm was established more than half a century ago and on the night executive director Edward Grainger also picked up a best of region award for the West Mercia region. This was on top of winning an environmental award at last year’s Accelerate event. The casting specialists whose customers include Rolls Royce, Bentley and Aston Martin, beat off tough competition from across the West Midlands, with the judges particularly impressed with the firm’s focus on netting new business in Europe, the US and in China and India. The high profile judging panel, which featured the RAC’s David Bizley and the DTI’s Matt Faultless, also singled out Grainger & Worrall for its diversification to include the racing and aerospace markets.

Classic Motor Cars Limited are specialist restorers of Jaguar Cars, The business is set in pleasant farmland surrounded by open roads free of traffic, the kind of roads for which the E-Type and the rest of the Jaguar family were designed in fact and a marked contrast to their original birthplace at Browns Lane amid Birmingham’s traffic misery.

Stanmore Industrial Estate is on the outskirts of Bridgnorth and isn’t visible from the road being situated at the end of a long tree lined drive which passes through a country park.

Classic Motor Cars isn’t hard to find.  It’s the only building with a dozen E-Type Jaguars parked outside. The business originally restored Mk 2 saloons and its location was chosen because one of the original owners lived in Ludlow and the other lived in Wolverhampton, so Stanmore was an easily accessible and logical mid point for them. 

Currently in the workshop is OKV 1, Jaguars first racing D type which came second at Le Mans in 1954. The car was restored by Classic Motor Cars a few years ago and is worth over £2million. Also on show is CMC's own specially commissioned roadgoing D type replica.

The workshop is a haven of stillness and calm where craftsmen busy themselves rebuilding these wonderful cars to a higher standard than their original makers could ever have achieved.  The bare metal gleams like silver.  There is also a ‘low drag’ racing E Type. Next to it there is a photograph showing it reduced to half its original length after some awful impact.  CMC’s job is to rebuild it.  Such is its historical significance and astronomical value that none of the original body parts are being replaced.  Instead, one by one they are being meticulously straightened.

The company now occupies premises of 20,000 square feet, having grown from 2,400 square feet in 1993 and offers ground up restoration, engineering upgrades and also service and maintenance of classic Jaguars.  They need a workforce which possesses the old metalworking and mechanical skills which once were so rich in the West Midlands, home of the UK motor industries but are becoming more rare, so now the emphasis is on training up new craftsmen rather than seeking out the old ones.  Many of the workforce of 20 travel in along the road from Wolverhampton, against the flow of modern traffic.

Approximately 20% of the restoration work is for overseas customers and a project can be a painstaking two years to completion at the end of which the customer’s cherished Jaguar is better than new, benefiting from modern metal, paint and underseal technologies which were weaknesses in the original build.  For those unable to wait, the company offers a selection of fully restored vehicles for sale.  There is very little competition in the world at this top end of the market.  Not surprisingly there are some very well known names among the enthusiastic clientele.


Coram Opens New Showroom

Coram Showers has unveiled a new showroom at its Stanmore Estate manufacturing site, allowing retailers, merchants and housebuilders to experience the company’s current range of high performance products first hand.

The new showroom brings together Coram’s Premier and Optima ranges of shower enclosures, Waterguard shower trays, leak free bath screens and market leading shower pods, as well as the company’s recently launched retail collection, Acora. The showroom also incorporates a new meeting space and will enable visitors to take a tour of Coram’s state-of-the-art manufacturing site.

Peter Dimeloe, managing director at Coram Showers, commented: “At Coram, we are dedicated to delivering innovative shower enclosure and bath screen designs, which are designed and manufactured to the highest possible standards. By investing over £100,000 in the new showroom, we can now provide an exceptional setting for industry professionals to judge our advanced manufacturing techniques and see our full range of contemporary designs in action.”

Coram Showers specialises in the design and manufacture of shower enclosures, shower pods, shower trays and bath screens. The company’s current range includes the Premier and Optima ranges of shower enclosures, Waterguard showertrays, a range of bathscreens and a new retail range, Acora. Designed for fast and easy installation, as well as watertight performance, all Coram products are designed and manufactured at the company’s factory at Stanmore Estate in Bridgnorth, Shropshire and enclosures are power shower tested to BS 6340 against leakage.

Royal Visit to Stanmore

Stanmore Industrial Estate in Bridgnorth was founded 43 years ago when local builder Jeffrey Hickman bought the site from the Ministry of Defence. These days it is managed by his sons Stewart and Mitchel Hickman and has been transformed into a modern industrial and commercial park which is home to a large number of thriving businesses.

Grainger and Worrall, one such business, was visited by Prince Edward in September 2007 when he presented them with The Queens Award for Enterprise 2007: International Trade. G&W manufactures and supplies high integrity complex castings, for automotive, aerospace and defence industries. They are global leaders in casting solutions and their customers throughout the UK and the world include the Formula 1 industry, Nascar, Aston Martin, Bentley, Bugatti, and Rolls Royce Aerospace.

At first sight their location in a leafy country park on the outskirts of Bridgnorth might seem strange. But James Grainger said: “We are ideally placed for access to our customers, being just 15 minutes from the motorway, 15 minutes from Telford and Wolverhampton and one hour from Birmingham airport. “In fact our customers like to visit us here and being located in Bridgnorth with its shops, pubs and restaurants, also helps when we’re recruiting.” Grainger and Worrall’s premises have grown with them since they moved to Stanmore in 1995.

Having the estate owners on site does no harm at all when it comes to getting things done quickly to meet tenant requirements as Mitch Hickman is quick to point out: “Grainger and Worrall are a good example of how the design of the individual buildings can be shaped to match client growth. “We have starter units here and we also have some very big employers and consider our job for all our tenants is to contribute to their growth and success by making life as easy for them as we can. We enjoy coming to work at Stanmore and we hope our tenants do too. With this location it’s not too difficult.”

Express & Star. Monday October 8th 2007.

Mitchel and Stewart Hickman

Hickman Stanmore ~ Estate House ~ Stanmore Industrial Estate ~ Bridgnorth ~ WV15 5HP
Commercial Office Units to Let Stenmore Estate seen across the fileds Large factory unit with offices to let The security gate at Stanmore Industrial Estate
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