Laser firm overcomes Paralympic problems

Cutting Technologies directors, l-r, Barry Proctor, Martin Cook and Jane Robinson.
Cutting Technologies directors, l-r, Barry Proctor, Martin Cook and Jane Robinson.
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A HITCH that threatened last night’s closing ceremony for the London Paralympic Games was overcome thanks to the efforts of a Barnsley company.

Laser cutting and engraving specialists Cutting Technologies were contacted by top designer Moritz Waldemeyer with a very special last-minute job.

Moritz urgently needed nearly 2,000 pieces of acrylic and mylar to be cut by laser for the fish-themed light design which played a key part in the closing ceremony.

However, disaster loomed when Moritz discovered London’s laser cutters were all working at full capacity with no time to produce the parts.

Cutting Technologies’, Jane Robinson, said: “When Moritz called and explained the trouble he was having in finding a London-based laser firm with the ability to deliver his order on time and to spec, we pulled out all the stops.

“Thankfully we’ve got 24 hour capacity and large bed laser cutters which mean we can meet high demand when necessary.

“Our team was working through the night on this and we’ve managed to move other work around to ensure Moritz has his parts in time.

“Over the past few weeks our amazing Paralympians have proven that anything is possible with the right determination – we simply had to follow suit and not let them down.”

Other recent Cutting Technologies projects include producing parts for jubilee beacons used in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, cutting a highly decorative screen for an ambassadorial residence in Israel and laser engraving large oak panels for a £30 million Manchester University building.