Page 38


Maygems - The Case for Laser Welding Steven May founded Maygems in Hatton Garden, London, three years ago, after around 30 years’ experience in the jewellery trade. A small, family business employing his wife and two sons, Maygems is growing fast and Steven was recently recognised in the Professional Jeweller Hot 100 in 2014 under the category ‘Business Big Shots’. Having used local laser welding services in Hatton Garden during the first years, Steven knew it wouldn’t be long before he needed a laser welder in house.

Why laser welding?

With the business being around 40% bespoke handmade jewellery commissions and the rest being split between jewellery repairs and selling stones, the need for in-house laser welding soon became clear. When working in silver, laser welding avoids the creation of fire stain which is a common problem with soldered repairs. The ability to resize rings in all precious metals without a visible join, especially platinum, and the ease of re-tipping worn or damaged claws close to heat-sensitive stones are reasons enough to have a laser on hand. Add to that the benefits that laser welding gives in assembling bespoke jewellery, allowing innovative designs to be realised with ease, and the case for buying a laser welder was clear-cut. To minimise risk, the purchase started with a sale-or-return

Inhorgenta Munich Report 2015 This year, the 42nd Inhorgenta Munich has shown again that it is an important order and communication platform for manufacturers and specialist dealers. 1,055 exhibitors from 40 countries presented their new products in the period from 20 to 23 February. Many of them expressed how extremely satisfied they were with the

38 Hockley Flyer The

March 2015

Joshua May uses the ROFIN Desktop laser, which is rarely idle in the busy Hatton Garden workshop

on ROFIN as supplier owing to their reputation for reliability and service. Wanting to buy the top of the range laser welder, he had come to recognise ROFIN as the market leader and the name people were talking about in Hatton Garden. The size of the Desktop laser was perfect, fitting easily into the workshop, yet Steven with sons Joshua and Jordan. Joanne (Steven’s offering enough power wife, not pictured) also works in the thriving family to weld all the materials business. used in the workshop. rental deal from ROFIN – but once the Steven says “One year laser was installed in the workshop on, I have just had the first annual there was no looking back. service with no faults or issues from the laser welder – the ROFIN Desktop Why choose Rofin? is well engineered and reliable day in Steven looked around at an interna- and day out.” tional trade fair and spoke to several W: E: sales@ suppliers of laser welders. He decided course of the trade show and praised the high quality of the trade visitors and the good level of orders. As for example Frank Maier, Managing Director at Leo Wittwer, who states: “We have had a very good frequency of international trade visitors and good sales in Hall B2.” Klaus Dittrich, Chairman of the Board of Management of Messe München GmbH, is also very satisfied: “Despite the tense situation in the industry, the trade show was characterized by a very positive mood. The numerous orders that were placed show that Inhorgenta Munich contin-

ues to be the most important platform for good business.” Albert Ruppenthal, Managing Director of Ruppenthal, joins in on this opinion: “We are delighted about the high-quality trade audience which is even better than in the past years. You really do not have to force anybody; the people are prepared to buy.” The majority of the 233 new exhibitors announced already during the trade show that they would participate again in the 2016. In total, over 26,000 visitors from more than 75 countries came to Munich in order to gather information about new products,

Profile for Mark Haddleton

The Hockley Flyer  

The magazine for Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter March 2015, # 356

The Hockley Flyer  

The magazine for Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter March 2015, # 356