One of our last 11,700 Olympic torches has been presented to the University of Warwick, who played such a crucial role helping us shape, cut and weld the gold-coloured aluminium in time for London 2012.

Our Managing Director, Wayne Woolford, presented the gift to Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, Chairman of WMG at the University of Warwick.

WMG is a real success story and we are proud of our association with them. Set up to re-invigorate not just Midlands manufacturing, but UK manufacturing, WMG helps the likes of Premier Group to improve competitiveness through value added innovation, state-of-the-art technologies and skills deployment – all disciplines that are the bedrock of Premier Group.

Wayne Woolford: “We already had a working relationship with WMG, having collaborated on a number of projects over the past 15 years, looking at the joining of metals. On the Olympic Torch we had a problem with the formability due to the design of the torch, which we turned to WMG to help us with. Through reverse engineering and the selection of the right materials we were able to successfully weld the torch together and deliver on the project.”

Professor Lord Bhattacharyya: ““It is well known that WMG develops technology for automotive manufacturers including Jaguar Land Rover and Tata motors but we also offer significant support to small and medium sized companies that supply those manufacturers. We were delighted to supply the technical assistance that helped Premier Group manufacture the torch, and are equally delighted that we can now tell the story of how that torch was also an emblem of the latest UK automotive technology that is helping to deliver increasingly light weight and energy efficient premium vehicles.”

Thank you to Michelle Tennison from Tennisons for the photographs.