A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Cgtech's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Cgtech is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

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Tony Shrewsbury, managing
director, CGTech UK Limited
VERICUT simulation of an
advanced CNC machine tool
As a key part of a successful global business, Brighton-
based CGTech UK Limited provides sales support and
technical services for the company’s globally renowned
independent computer numerical control (CNC) simulation
and optimisation software, VERICUT. Responsibility for the
UK operation, which includes the Middle East, Scandinavia,
Eastern Europe and Africa, falls under the auspices of managing
director Tony Shrewsbury. Here he explains the raison d’être for
VERICUT, discusses the “Right first time: Fast first time” ethos
of CGTech and shares the company’s thoughts for the future.
Most of us live in an environment that has been heavily engineered, from our
housing and social infrastructure to our transport systems and communication
networks. At some stage every object that makes our lives more comfortable or
convenient has been manufactured using a variety of processes. One of these crucial
processes involves “machining” – effectively cutting material parts, predominantly
metal, to the correct shape using CNC machine tools driven by a program often
produced using a CAD/CAM package. This is where VERICUT software comes in.
VERICUT software
The software is used to simulate machining operations to detect errors, potential
collisions or areas of inefficiency. VERICUT enables manufacturing companies to
correct errors before the program is ever loaded on the CNC machine, which also
eliminates time-consuming manual prove-outs. The software also optimises the NC
program to remove or minimise inefficiencies.
»Managing director:
»Established in 1988
»Based in Brighton, East Sussex
»Services: Sales support and
technical services for globally
renowned independent CNC
simulation and optimisation
»No. of employees: 15
»Over 1,000 clients
CGTech UK Limited
When a
company invests
they are not just
buying a
program; they
are teaming up
with a
partner with the
largest group of
CNC machining
experts in the
When a company invests in VERICUT,
they are not just buying a software
program; they are teaming up with a
manufacturing partner with the largest
group of CNC machining experts in
the world. For over 30 years VERICUT
has been protecting the significant
investments required by manufacturing
companies to make these parts and
driving up the machining efficiency
– allowing them to make more parts
in less time. The drive for efficiency
gains is seen in every industry sector,
but most noticeably within the
The UK has the world’s second largest
aerospace industry cluster, and every
aircraft producer is looking to increase
its build rate as operators want a
more fuel-efficient fleet with increased
passenger comfort and long-term
reliability. Those manufacturers in the
supply chains that feed the aircraft
builders are under constant delivery
pressures, and are rated by how
well they perform against a planned
schedule – known in the industry as
OTIF (on time; in full).
One recent development that is
helping is our FORCE module. It excels
in difficult-to-machine materials and
especially with complex parts. Founded
on basic engineering principles, it is easy
to set up and incredibly easy touse.
Historically, aerospace companies were
among the first to see the benefits of
using VERICUT to protect not just the
machine but also the parts, some of
which are cut from materials that are
not easily replaced if any accidental
damage occurs. Even today around
half of our business comes from the
aerospace sector, and that’s true for
all the countries that fall under the
purview of the UK office.
CGTech expansion
We have been expanding year-on-
year and now have around 1,000
customers in the UK and the countries
we export to. For most of the overseas
territories a trusted and established
reseller network has been set up to
provide local technical support and
industry-specific services. The reseller
network is expanding further as more
manufacturing companies come to
understand the benefits of using
VERICUT, a message we continually
promote at major national and
international exhibitions.
Here in the UK we now have two
dedicated sales engineers, and we
saw our turnover increase from £3.3
million in 2016 to £4.4 million in 2017.
We have also expanded our technical
support team and it will continue to
grow to meet customers’ needs. VERICUT FORCE module
excels in difficult-to-
machine materials and
complex parts
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Of course, as with other established
software packages, the version of
VERICUT used by manufacturers today
is very different to the original platform
– although the ethos remains the same.
The ongoing development of VERICUT
is heavily structured upon industry
feedback gained from direct customer
contact and user group events we
organise across the globe. These are
two-way seminars that allow customers
to find out what we are planning for
the next version of the software and
where they can put forward requests
and suggestions for improvements. It
allows us to create a development road
map to match their requirements.
We are also actively participating
in the government’s UK Catapult
centres, a network of world-leading
centres designed to transform the UK’s
capability for innovation in specific
areas and help drive future economic
growth. CGTech has membership of
four of the centres focused on high
value manufacturing: the Advanced
Manufacturing Research Centre
(AMRC) in Sheffield, the Manufacturing
Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry,
the Advanced Forming Research Centre
(AFRC) in Strathclyde and the National
Composites Centre (NCC) in Bristol.
Each of these centres bring together
the latest concepts from academia
and industry, providing us with
opportunities to meet the challenges
faced by next-generation thinking.
From an industry viewpoint we believe
there will be a significant increase in
the use of composite material as every
industry sector looks to make parts
lighter and stronger. There are VERICUT
modules developed to support the
exciting developments in this sector,
as well as the recent developments
around “additive manufacturing” and
hybrid machines that combine the
ability to add material and cut it away
to produce complex structures.
Our development team have also
been working on augmented reality
applications, where manufacturers
would be able to use VERICUT on a
mobile device to have an augmented
view of a physical machine to ensure
it has been set up correctly and that
it will perform as anticipated. This
technology removes the disconnect
that can occur between the CAD/CAM
team generating the program and the
production team running the machines.
We also see a wider adoption of the
“digital-twin” philosophy where every
item in the physical world is duplicated
in the virtual one. Leading aerospace
companies have been doing this for
a number of years to promote safe
working practices across their global
facilities. VERICUT is a vital platform
for this concept and we see its benefits
becoming widely accepted across all
industry sectors.
Industries are making
parts lighter and
stronger with composite
material usage
Hybrid machines support
additive manufacturing,
producing complex
Right first
time: Fast first

This article was sponsored by Cgtech. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from The Rt Hon Theresa May MP.

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By The Rt Hon Theresa May MP

This foreword from the then Prime Minister appeared in the 2018/19 Parliamentary Review.

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review. For Her Majesty’s Government, our task in the year ahead is clear: to achieve the best Brexit deal for Britain and to carry on our work to build a more prosperous and united country – one that truly works for everyone. 

The right Brexit deal will not be sufficient on its own to secure a more prosperous future for Britain. We also need to ensure that our economy is ready for what tomorrow will bring. Our Modern Industrial Strategy is our plan to do that. It means Government stepping up to secure the foundations of our productivity: providing an education system that delivers the skills our economy needs, improving school standards and transforming technical education; delivering infrastructure for growth; ensuring people have the homes they need in the places they want to live. It is all about taking action for the long-term that will pay dividends in the future.

But it also goes beyond that. Government, the private sector and academia working together as strategic partners achieve far more than we could separately. That is why we have set an ambitious goal of lifting UK public and private research and development investment to 2.4 per cent of GDP by 2027. It is why we are developing four Grand Challenges, the big drivers of social and economic change in the world today: harnessing artificial intelligence and the data revolution; leading in changes to the future of mobility; meeting the challenges of our ageing society; and driving ahead the revolution in clean growth. By focusing our efforts on making the most of these areas of enormous potential, we can develop new exports, grow new industries and create more good jobs in every part of our country.

Years of hard work and sacrifice from the British people have got our deficit down by over three quarters. We are building on this success by taking a balanced approach to public spending. We are continuing to deal with our debts, so that our economy can remain strong and we can protect people’s jobs, and at the same time we are investing in vital public services, like our NHS. We have set out plans to increase NHS funding annually by an average by 3.4 percent in real terms: that is £394 million a week more. In return, the NHS will produce a ten-year plan, led by doctors and nurses, to eliminate waste and improve patient care.

I believe that Britain can look to the future with confidence. We are leaving the EU and setting a new course for prosperity as a global trading nation. We have a Modern Industrial Strategy that is strengthening the foundations of our economy and helping us to seize the opportunities of the future. We are investing in the public services we all rely on and helping them to grow and improve. Building on our country’s great strengths – our world-class universities and researchers, our excellent services sector, our cutting edge manufacturers, our vibrant creative industries, our dedicated public servants – we can look towards a new decade that is ripe with possibility. The government I lead is doing all it can to make that brighter future a reality for everyone in our country. 

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review 
The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
Prime Minister