Press release: Export milestone for espresso machine manufacturer

first_imgBirmingham espresso coffee machine manufacturer Fracino is poised to further expand its global reach after securing UL certification to meet stringent requirements for exporting to the US and Canada.The milestone coincides with an additional 4,500 sq ft expansion of the company’s 45,000 sq ft world-class production facility, which has undergone a multi-million-pound investment programme, and where the majority of components are fabricated in-house.The business exports to over 70 countries, and supplies customers including Subway® PizzaExpress, Living Venture Restaurant Group, AMT Coffee and Pathfinder pub chains.Fracino’s 40-strong network includes long-standing distributors from Australia, Poland, Dubai, South Korea, New Zealand, Chile, Sweden, Austria, and significantly, Italy. The most recent partnerships entail distributors from Thailand, Hong Kong and South Africa.Exporting success has seen Fracino post significant growth, with exports now making up 30% of its total turnover and forecast to increase to 50% by 2020.The team of 62 is the UK’s only manufacturer of traditional espresso and cappuccino machines, competing with Italian and Spanish manufacturers.Launched in 1963 by founder and chairman Frank Maxwell, the business has become a driving force in espresso machine production in the UK and was a key part of the coffee shop boom in the late 80s, importing and supplying coffee machines to retail outlets in the UK.Adrian Maxwell, Managing Director, Fracino said:“The US and Canada are key growth markets and important to our strategic plan so we’re understandably delighted to have secured our UL certification and already have top-class distributors lined up to sell our products.“What makes our operation so special is that nearly 90 per cent of all components in our espresso machines are made in-house, allowing us to have rigorous control over quality, product development and the manufacturing process. This has been instrumental in enabling us to meet different countries’ compliance requirements.“The Department for International Trade and the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce have allowed us to access services such as overseas market introductions, including to one of our distribution partners in India. Our trade advisor has been with us every step of the way, offering insight into the requirements of different countries. There’s a big world out there, with a wealth of opportunities to maximise and I encourage other companies to be brave and find new markets.”Ian Harrison, Head of Exports – Midlands Region, DIT said:“Operating one of the world’s most advanced and efficient espresso equipment manufacturing facilities, Fracino demonstrates the scale of UK innovation and manufacturing expertise, and the ‘Made in Britain’ marque on every machine is a real testament to British craftmanship and it’s value around the world.“I encourage businesses to look for opportunities in other markets. Our network of International Trade Advisors are available to give you insight and practical advice on your next steps to global growth.”Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for North America, Antony Phillipson said:“The US and Canada’s thriving coffee market make it an ideal region for Fracino to grow their brand, and achieving their UL certification is an essential first step. The demand for British goods and craftsmanship is particularly strong here, and Fracino’s machines are wonderful example of the excellent quality and design of British-made products.“I wish them great success as they expand their international presence in North America, and our trade and investment teams stand ready to help them in any way we can.”last_img read more

Bakersfield’s Budweiser Nationals boasts Oct. 9, 10 $1,500 to win IMCA Modified features

first_imgBAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Two $1,500 to win features for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds are on tap at Bakersfield Speedway’s 30th annual Budweiser Nationals Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9 and 10.Both 40-lap features are 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying events and pay a minimum of $100 to start.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods begin qualifying on Friday. They’ll also race for $1,500 to win, and a minimum of $60 to start, on Saturday.Tow money is $40 for Modifieds and $25 for Northern SportMods. RACEceivers and transponders are required for both divisions; sound must be below 95 DB at 100 feet.Car and driver is $90 each night for the Modifieds, $105 for both days for the SportMods and $150 to start in the rear for Saturday qualifying only. Pit passes are $40.Pit gates open at noon both days, pre-race tech starts at 12:15 p.m., pit gates open at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 5 p.m.Spectator admission on Friday is $13 for adults, $11 for seniors and military and $6 for kids ages 6-12. Saturday admission is $10 for adults, $16 for seniors and military and $8 for kids.Youngsters five and under get in free to the grandstand both days. Camping and parking are free Friday and Saturday.Bobby Hogge IV won both Modified events at last year’s Bud Nationals. Tina Pounds was the Northern SportMod winner.Two hundred-plus cars and 500-plus laps of racing in five divisions are on the weekend’s race program. A total purse of $60,000 will be paid out.More information is available at the www.bakersfieldspeedway.com website or by calling 661 393-3373last_img read more

Amokachi donates food items to Kaduna residents

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Buhari to Kaduna indigenes: Without peace there can’t be development Nigerian Football Ambassador and former Super Eagles striker, Daniel Amokachi, has brought huge relieve to thousands of Kaduna residents by distributing food items and other provisions to reduce the effect of the COVID-19 lockdown.The distribution, which was done under the aegis of Amokachi Foundation, saw more than 1,100 families given packs of food items and provisions. According to the former Everton FC of England marksman: “This is my little contribution to help the needy in this COVID-19 period.“I normally do this four to six times in a year to assist people who are in need.“I consider it a special honour and privilege by God to assist the less privileged in our society.“I will continue to do this as long as God grants me the grace.” The Bull, as he is fondly called by fans, said the gesture was extended to both male and female, but mostly to women since mothers are responsible for catering for the family.The distribution was done round the Kaduna metropolis in an orderly manner. The beneficiaries thanked Amokachi for the gesture, declaring it as timely and special.Amokachi has cult followership in Kaduna, where he was born.He cut his football teeth with local club Ranchers Bees of Kaduna before blossoming into stardom with the Super Eagles, playing in two World Cup finals in 1994 and 1998.He was a member of the Gold winning Atlanta 1996 Olympics team.He was forced to retire prematurely as a result of a nagging injury. Since retiring, he coached local club Nassarawa United, National U-23 team as well as served as Assistant Coach of the Super Eagles.Amokachi was earlier this year named football Ambassador by the Federal Government.It is a ceremonial in which he is expected to motivate young Nigerians.Tags: Amokachi FoundationCOVID-19Daniel AmokachiKaduna StateLockdownPalliativeslast_img read more

Former City Hall Building Used to Launch Boys & Girls Club,…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of YelmFollowing the Relocation of City Hall, Yelm will repurpose the former City Hall building to establish a Boys & Girls Club, and a Veterans Resource Center.“This building is such a valuable resource for our community,” City Administrator Michael Grayum said. “It’s been used as the City Court, City Library, Council Chambers, City Hall, and this agreement will continue the trend of using the building as a public resource.”Following City Council approval to relocate City Hall, the City invited and encouraged public comment regarding the use of the building, both in person and on social media. The General Government committee garnered community input and recommended using the building to serve youth, veterans, and provide a space for business development. After careful consideration, council elected to remove the business incubator and provide more space for the Boys & Girls Club.The Yelm Boys & Girls Club will be established through a partnership with the Thurston  County Boys & Girls Club, and Yelm Community Schools. The club will provide a space for school aged kids to take part in programs that focus on character development to better prepare youth for real-world success. Mayor JW Foster and other City administration are continuing to work with the Boys & Girls Club to provide after school sports programs and other resources in Yelm.The Yelm Veterans Service Center will be established collaboration with the Lacey Veterans Service Center, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Wear Blue: Run to Remember, a Hero’s Promise, and other veteran organizations. The Service Center will provide programs that support the process of healing and growth to our local veterans.The recent land acquisition to relocate City Hall allowed the space to better support the demand of our growing city, and created an opportunity for these organizations to commence in Yelm. Additional funding will not be required from the City, as the tenants are responsible for making modifications to the interior of the building, while the City will continue to maintain the exterior aspects of the building.At the March 27 Council Meeting, City Council adopted a resolution, proposed by City staff to authorize Mayor Foster to enter into appropriate lease agreements to utilize the space.“Our vision is to help organizations start, grow, and expand into our community by reducing barriers to entry, and promoting community services in the City of Yelm,” Grayum said. “We are excited for this new adventure, along with many others that are beginning in this community.”last_img read more