Investing in the Future
When Paul Morgan and Mario Illien formed Ilmor over 25 years ago they knew that the success of the company would be reliant upon having the very best people. Mindful of the steady decline in UK engineering and manufacturing since the 1970’s they created an apprenticeship scheme to give young people the skills and knowledge required to support the business for the long term.
2012 Apprentice of the Year winner Luke Trethewy poses with the Paul Morgan trophy
Fast forward to 2013 to find Ilmor’s philosophy unchanged and if anything it places even more importance on apprentices as the future of the organisation. ‘It is increasingly difficult to find people with the required skills to design, manufacture, assemble and test our products. Our products are highly complex and designed to extremely high levels of quality so it’s imperative that we continue to inject fresh blood by refreshing our intake’. – Steve Miller – Managing Director
Although Paul Morgan is sadly no longer with us his legacy continues in the form of the prestigious annual ‘Apprentice of the Year’ award. The award is presented each year to the apprentice who demonstrates the highest achievement in both the workshop and classroom. The 2012 recipient was Luke Trethewy who joined the company in 2011. Luke, currently in his second year of a four year apprenticeship, is now a key member of the machine shop and has started to program and run a number of CNC machines.
‘The award started in 2006 and its extremely rewarding to watch each winner’s career progression through our organisation.’ – he added.
Ilmor Engineering Ltd receives Performance Excellence Award from Boeing
Each year The Boeing Company recognizes suppliers who have achieved superior performance by presenting them with a silver or gold award. Ilmor maintained a silver composite performance rating for each month of the 12 month performance period leading up to the end of September 2012. Boeing recognized 594 suppliers in all and Ilmor is one of only 441 suppliers to receive the silver level of recognition.
‘Ilmor is delighted to have our efforts recognised by Boeing by receiving this award. We regard this as a truly worthwhile achievement, especia
lly as we have been working in a unique technical area rather than mainstream component supply. For a small organisation like ours to rise above the many thousands of companies which Boeing use as suppliers to be one of their top 594 is an incredible pat on the back.
Ilmor supplies intellectual property generation services to Boeing for future technology development and have now worked for Boeing for just over three years. We have built up a very solid working relationship around quality engineering solutions and the generation of new technology, which has been supplied at a competitive price and on time.’ – Steve Miller – Managing Director
Chevy Indy V-6 Update
The 2012 Multiple Championship Winning Chevrolet Indy V6
After a dominant performance in 2012, winning more than twice as many races as its nearest competitor, the Ilmor Engineering Ltd designed and manufactured Chevy Indy V6 continues to evolve and develop in readiness for the expanded 19 race 2013 season. With the unfortunate demise of the Lotus engine, Ilmor expects to supply a number of new teams this year and judging by pre-season testing we can look forward to another competitive season of racing.
For 2013 there will be three ‘double-header’ events at Detroit, Toronto and Houston. Races will take place on Saturday and then the following day on the Sunday. The season kicks off with a race around the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida on March 24th.