Managing Director of the Year Awards 2023

10 | Managing Director of the Year 2023 Best Engineering Solutions MD 2023: Gary Williams Birmingham-based company, Tooling 2000, has been delivering end-to-end tooling solutions to its clients since 1996. The company has built a reputation for the expertise of its team and the high level of accuracy and quality of its deliverables. Managing Director Gary Williams has been with the company since the beginning. We take a look at the company and its recipe for success in more detail. Machine tooling – the process of designing, cutting and forming the tools needed to make parts and components – is essential to the manufacturing process. Many of the products we know and rely on today wouldn’t exist without it. The success of an end product relies on the design and quality of the tooling used in its manufacture. Sub-standard tooling invariably results in a sub-standard product. One company that’s held its place at the cutting edge of the machinetooling industry for more than 25 years is Tooling 2000. The company’s wealth of experience combined with its willingness to invest in the latest technology, results in precision tooling that’s reliable and designed with the end-customer in mind. From its purpose-built facility in central Birmingham, Tooling 2000 provides complete presswork and sheet metal engineering to clients across a range of industries. Priding itself on consistently high standards, the company has built solid and enduring relationships with household names such as Jaguar/Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, Glen Dimplex and Aston Martin. Gary Williams began his career as an engineering apprentice. Later, Gary gained experience as a CNC Machinist for Washford Engineering, before joining Tooling 2000 in 1996. Initially employed as a toolmaker/ machinist, Gary was promoted to Manufacturing Manager in 2001. A little over 10 years later he stepped into his first director role, becoming Tooling 2000’s MD in August 2020. Having a strong engineering background and a deep understanding of the intricacies of manufacturing, Gary continues to spend much of his time on the shop floor. He tells us, “All our clients’ have one thing in common, and that’s a commitment to delivering the very best every time. That’s why they come to us because they know we insist on the same high standards.” The secret to the company’s success is its ruthless attention to detail. Tooling 2000’s team of experts work with clients from the earliest planning stages, through to full-scale production. Everything the company produces focuses on delivering maximum quality with minimum waste. Gary says: “Whether our clients come to us for 5-axis laser cutting, computer-aided design, CNC machining or a combination of services, our experts work with them to deliver exactly what they need. Our tools are robust and custom-made. Let us know what you need, and we’ll work to make it happen.” Let’s take a look at some of the services on offer. Tooling 2000’s involvement with a project can begin at the ideas stage. Working in collaboration with its clients and using the very best industry software, the company offers a comprehensive design and feasibility service. Employing its extensive engineering experience, the team defines a process with the client that will act as a foundation on which to build the completed project. Gary explains, “We do everything we can to make the process easy for our clients. For example, we use CAD technology that translates the design into a format supported by a major software supplier. This allows customers to review the design on their own systems. This saves them both time and money.”