2019-April LBBC Technologies hosts successful Apprenticeship Open Day

Over the last few months LBBC Technologies has been working closely with Appris Management, who specialise in the delivery of engineering apprenticeships across West Yorkshire, with the aim of taking on a number of apprentices across the company concentrating on mechanical design, electrical design, production and new product development.


Earlier this year, two members of the LBBC Technologies team exhibited at the Appris open evening, which provided the opportunity for the company to meet with aspiring young engineers who were interested in a career in the sector.


After the event, LBBC Technologies Systems Engineer, Danny Hazell, who represented the company at the evening said “The evening was well attended and very engaging, and as an Appris apprentice myself, it provided a great opportunity to give something back to other young people just starting out in their careers. It led to some really positive conversations which, in turn has meant we as a company can move forward with our ambitions to offer apprenticeships to people in the local area!”


Following the successful event with Appris, LBBC Technologies went on to invite the key individuals that showed an interest in working for the company to their facilities on the outskirts of Leeds. The aim of the event led by LBBC Technologies was to introduce them and their families to the fifth generation family business, showing them round the facility, meeting members of the team and giving them an insight into the engineering company.


With over a dozen young people from local schools and colleges in attendance, it received great feedback from both staff and guests with individuals interested in the different areas of the company. Later on, this month, LBBC Technologies will be running a further 2-day placement where the team will get to work closer with the aspiring apprentices and get to know their skill sets with the aim of more formal placements being offered at a later stage.


Following the event, Robert Pickard, Director at LBBC Technologies said “LBBC Group is in a very exciting phase of our history at the moment with opportunities for young, budding engineers increasing across all divisions of the business. Being a fifth generation family business, we have seen the development of some excellent engineers over our 140 year history and it is a source of great satisfaction for us to be able to offer a secure, dynamic and varied environment to support a new generation of talented youngsters and watch them flourish and reach their full potential. The team put on a great event and the infectious enthusiasm they showed throughout the afternoon was clear to see. We’re excited to select and start working with the new additions to our team.”


The team at LBBC Technologies were delighted to welcome 14 aspiring individuals to their Apprenticeship Open Day on Thursday 4th April 2019 at their facility in Stanningley, West Yorkshire.



2019-April LBBC Technologies exhibiting at EICF Euro Seminar 2019

LBBC Technologies will be exhibiting at EICF Euro Seminar 2019 from Monday 20th to Wednesday 22nd May 2019 in Helsinki, Finland on booth T24.

Every 2 years the EICF organises a Technical Seminar to bring the Investment Casting Industry together and giving inside knowledge on relevant themes. This year’s theme “Alloy Melting & Pouring – Casting Best Practice” will cover all around the foundry shop.

Join LBBC Technologies and others, bring your engineers to learn from experts and specialists. It is a great opportunity to meet the suppliers, to visit a world class investment casting foundry and to strengthen the links within the industry.

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LBBC Technologies will be exhibiting at EICF Euro Seminar 2019 from Monday 20th to Wednesday 22nd May 2019 in Helsinki, Finland on booth T24.

2019 Jan – LBBC Technologies develops work experience programme

Year 11 student, James McKnight, worked with the company to develop a unique placement experience that will see year 10 students develop an autoclave component through from design, manufacture to assembly. This hands-on approach will give them a real understanding of LBBC Technologies type of work and the wider engineering industry.

Howard Pickard, Managing Director, LBBC Technologies said “By designing this unique programme which creates a standard schedule for the work experience students we have improved the experience the young people get from it by giving them hands-on tasks from each department of the organisation and at the same time simplified the supervision of the programme.  Having students on work experience has traditionally been a very time consuming and disruptive thing for ours and many other businesses, by designing the experience as you would a training course, each student gets a standard, easier to manage experience.”

The work experience programme will give students the opportunity to take a product through a full design to test process with tasks in each of the key areas including design, assemble, test, program and final test. The students will use 2D Computer Aided Design (CAD) software and programmable logic controllers (PLC) software which enables the equipment to perform certain tasks and ensure safety measures are in place to prevent a machine from performing the next task unless certain conditions are met.

Throughout the summer LBBC Technologies hosted 10-year 10/11 students from Pudsey Grangefield School and other local schools.

“Both organisations are forward thinking, and our students have benefitted significantly from the high-quality work experience they have undertaken at LBBC. The placement has inspired many of them to pursue a career in engineering and the feedback from all students has been extremely positive. These placements are a great example of a scheme which benefits everyone involved.” said Mark McKelvie, Principal, Pudsey Grangefield School.

LBBC Technologies are already planning placements for Spring and Summer 2019.

LBBC Technologies, in conjunction with local secondary school and sixth form, Pudsey Grangefield School, have developed a week’s work experience programme that will take students through from design to manufacture and test.


2018 Dec – LBBC Group has gained the renewal of their China Manufacturing Licence

LBBC Group has gained the renewal of their Manufacturing License of Special Equipment for the People’s Republic of China (Pressure Vessel).

LBBC Group divisions LBBC Technologies and LBBC Beechwood went through an audit to gain the renewal of the accreditation for manufacturing of pressure vessels for China and is recognised throughout the world. The renewal has now also encompassed the D2 category on top of the existing D1 category to cover higher pressure capabilities.

This approval now secures the continued supply of pressure vessels and autoclave systems from both divisions for the groups own products or for customers’ products. In particular, the new category allows LBBC Technologies to supply the newly developed high temperature core leaching systems to the investment casting market.

Pictured Kyle Pickles, Principal Mechanical Engineer – LBBC Technologies, Robert Pickard, Director – LBBC Group; David Hill, Technical/Projects Manager – LBBC Beechwood; Howard Pickard, Managing Director – LBBC Group; David Bryan, General Manager – LBBC Beechwood.



LBBC Group has gained the renewal of their Manufacturing License of Special Equipment for the People’s Republic of China (Pressure Vessel).

2018 Dec – LBBC Technologies Christmas Jumper Day 2018

We wish all our customers, suppliers and contacts a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year for 2019.

LBBC Technologies Managing Director, Howard Pickard joined the team in this years’  Christmas Jumper day on Thursday 13th December 2018.


2018 Sept – LBBC Technologies exhibiting at ICI Conference & Expo

LBBC’s Boilerclave® leads the industry for autoclave dewaxing applications whilst the Core Leaching Autoclave remains the benchmark in efficient, safe and accurate ceramic core removal.

For more information about the event please visit the Investment Casting Institute website https://www.investmentcasting.org/ 

LBBC Technologies are exhibiting at ICI Conference and Equipment Show on Sunday 21st to Tuesday 24th October 2018, in Kansas City, Missouri, USA they will be in Booth 411 .


2018 Aug – LBBC Technologies welcomes Conservative Party Chairman

Pictured is The Minister with Managing Director, Howard Pickard, and local MP, Stuart Andrew discussing the LBBC Technologies designed Quicklock® Door that is manufactured by the group in Leeds for BAE Systems to be used as a submarine hatch. This was of particular interest to Stuart Andrew MP who recently took over as the Minster for Defence Procurement.

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As part of a visit to LBBC Group the Conservative Party Chairman, Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP visited LBBC Technologies learning more about the company’s success in exporting with over 70% of their business being exported to countries including USA, China, Russia and Europe (20%).


2018 July – LBBC Technologies gains Cyber Essentials accreditation

LBBC Technologies have gained Cyber Essentials accreditation. Cyber Essentials is a Government backed scheme that helps businesses demonstrate that they have robust IT infrastructure and processes in place to protect themselves and their customers against the continuously evolving cyber security threat that is faced these days.


Robert Pickard, Director of LBBC Technologies, said: “Cyber Essentials alongside our ISO9001:2015 and Safe Contractor accreditations demonstrate our commitment to continuous improvement, with this latest accreditation particularly supporting the work we carry out for the defence sector where cyber security is a key issue”.

LBBC worked with KS Services and IT Governance for support in gaining the Cyber Essentials accrediation.

LBBC Technologies have gained Cyber Essentials accreditation. Cyber Essentials is a simple but effective, Government backed scheme that will help you to protect your organisation, whatever its size, against a whole range of the most common cyber attacks including hacking, phishing and password guessing.


2018 Feb – LBBC Technologies attended the EEF National Conference 2018

Managing Director, Howard Pickard, who is on the Yorkshire Regional Advisory Board for EEF attended the National Manufacturing Conference on Tuesday.

The EEF National Manufacturing Conference 2018 brought together senior leaders, key policy makers and the media for unmissable industry analysis, inspiration and debate.

Exercpt from article on IMecHe website, 20th February 2018:

“Members tell me the most important things on their minds include skills, number one, normally skills number two and number three as well,” said EEF chief executive Stephen Phipson early on. But, he quickly added, manufacturers are “of course” worried about preparations for leaving the EU and what that means for their businesses.”  

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LBBC Technologies attended the EEF National Conference on Tuesday 20th February 2018 at QEII Centre in London. The event attracted a record 980 attendance from the manufacturing sector across the UK.

Pictured, EEF Chief Executive, Stephen Phipson CBE opening the conference.


2018 Jan – LBBC Technologies to exhibit at EICF 29th International Conference

Attendees will benefit from a thought-provoking 2-day programme of presentations covering all aspects of the investment casting process, as well as an extensive exposition featuring key suppliers to the industry, plus an invitation to visit Portugal’s foremost investment casting foundry, Zollern & Comandita, who specialise in the manufacture of investment cast offers products made of steel-, aluminum- and nickel-cobalt-based super alloys. EICF International Conferences now attract around 350 delegates and 40 exhibitors from over 25 countries around the globe.

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LBBC Technologies will be exhibiting at the EICF 29th International Conference on booth 32, from Sunday 22nd to Wednesday 25th April 2018 in Porto in Portugal.