New Super-Deduction Tax To Boost UK Business Investment For Machinery

What is the super-deduction tax break?

At the budget in April, we heard the announcement of a £25bn tax break aimed at encouraging UK business investment. By helping businesses cut their tax bill by up to 25p in every £1 invested in plant and machinery, the scheme helps firms invest in equipment to boost growth after a COVID-19-challenged year. The scheme is split into two parts:

  • A 130% super-deduction capital allowance on plant and machinery investment
  • A 50% first-year allowance for qualifying special rate assets

It’s hoped the super-deduction corporation tax relief scheme – which is available for business expenses on “qualifying plant and machinery investments” from 1st April 2021 to 31st March 2023 – will not only increase UK business investment over the next two years but will also increase the overall amount of investment as well.

Mark Billing (UK Business Development Manager)

How does the super-deduction work?

As we know, most tax issues can be confusing, but this scheme is relatively straightforward. Your plant and machinery need to be purchased between 1st April 2021 and 31st March 2023 to qualify and a fact sheet from the government gives us an example of how it works:

A company incurring £1m of qualifying expenditure decides to claim the super-deduction. Spending £1m on qualifying investments will mean the company can deduct £1.3m (130% of the initial investment) in its taxable profits. Deducting £1.3m from taxable profits will save the company up to 19% of that – or £247,000 – on its corporation tax bill.

What equipment can you claim for?

There are always rules, terms, and conditions that apply for any kind of tax-related scheme and this one’s no different. But the terminology used is far-reaching, and with most physical assets in any business classed as ‘plant and machinery’ for capital allowance purposes, it’s likely your business can take advantage.

Whether you claim the full 130% super-deduction or the 50% allowance for qualifying special rate assets, the key requirement to qualify for the deduction is that all equipment purchased is new and unused. Any expenditure on second-hand equipment won’t be eligible.

Investment in Ceramicx infrared

Having been with Ceramicx for some time now, I’ve had the opportunity to meet and start working with many manufacturing businesses all around the UK, and I know the introduction of this corporation tax relief scheme will certainly open doors for many of them. If you’re one of these businesses, as the new tax year is still in its infancy, it gives you the opportunity to consider your CAPEX business spending for the next two years. By making a solid investment into machinery that might not otherwise have been possible thanks to recent events, you can now maximise your super-deductions.

With the continuing advancement of infrared technology, Ceramicx infrared heat solutions are increasing in popularity across varied manufacturing sectors and differing applications. As the original alternative energy, infrared is not only cost-effective and energy-efficient but will help your business to take steps towards a cleaner, greener, and decarbonised future.

With that in mind, there’s no better time to discover how this pioneering heat source can transform your processes and move your business forward.

Contact me today

If you’re a UK-based manufacturer who’s ready to invest in a custom-designed infrared heating system, contact me today on 07761 161 732 or email me directly at [email protected]. I’ll be happy to have a chat with you and give you more information about any Ceramicx machinery you need and how infrared heatwork can boost your business.

Ceramicx Creates New Infrared Pillared Quartz Element Range

Interchangeable elements

When faced with an enquiry for supplying a specific, custom-made element, our North American distributors, Weco International, paved the way for an in-house engineering process that’s prompted us to create a brand new product range for Ceramicx.

PFQE-L new pillar and leads

With the Ceramicx team working on the design, we created a variation on our existing pillared infrared quartz elements that

Ceramicx FFEH and PFQE-L elements mounted in a RAS 2 reflector

allowed an easier process for their customer to interchange individual or arrays of ceramic elements to quartz elements and vice versa, quickly and easily.

Although in its early stages, the new range works in the same basic way, and now allows all customers to change their infrared system’s quartz and ceramic components as and when they need to.

New Ceramicx quartz elements

Using our pillared infrared quartz element (PFQE) as a starting point, the first of our new products is the Pillared Full Quartz Element – Leads (PFQE-L). As a direct result of working on the component for our American customer, the design has been engineered and refined to create the new PFQE-L element.

Its key feature is the inclusion of a pillar that’s the same height as included on the ceramic element with additional connection leads so it can easily be interchanged with standard ceramic elements. So if a heating system uses standard ceramic Full Flat Element Hollow (FFEH), one or more of them could be taken out and replaced by the new quartz PFQE-L elements.

RAS 2 reflector with mounted elements from the back

Giving users greater flexibility, the new elements allow a complete change in infrared wavelengths for a wider range of applications when previously it meant building a whole new machine. Now, a machine retrofit can be completed using just the new elements to upgrade an entire system.

Ceramicx will also be adding to this new product

range over the coming months. We’ll shortly be releasing a Pillared Square Quartz Element – Leads (PSQE-L), which works in the same way and will be an addition to our existing PFQE and PHQE quartz elements.

 

This will be followed by similar products in due course – watch this space. In the meantime, if you’re interested in purchasing a quantity of the new PFQE-L product, please email [email protected] with your enquiry.

Ceramicx range of Carbon Footprint reducing Infrared Elements

The use of infrared technology is continually advancing across many global commercial and industrial sectors. And, as a leading manufacturer of ceramic and quartz heating elements, our continued development means Ceramicx elements have transformed how infrared heat is used in a range of manufacturing applications.

But, with distinct differences between them, there can often be confusion about which element type is best to use for the best results. So which Ceramicx infrared heating elements are best for your application?

 

What Ceramicx heating specialists need to know

To help you find the right element type for your requirements and system, the most important information for us to know is:

  • The area you need to heat
  • The power and type of element you need to use.
  • The target material

This article should give you a head start making that choice.

Ceramic Elements from Ceramicx

Ceramic infrared heating elements | Hollow, Flat, or Trough?

A consistently popular radiant heat emitter range, industry-standard ceramic infrared elements are the most efficient element where long cycle times are required.

Ceramic Trough Elements – Long-wave trough elements produce a concentrated heat output that disperses over distance. Best suited to applications requiring emitters positioned further from the target material.

Ceramic Hollow Elements – Long-wave hollow elements filled with high-density insulating material, giving a significant reduction in rear heat loss with increased radiant output from the front of the element.

Ceramic Flat Elements – Long-wave flat elements produce higher operating temperatures and uniform heat output. Best suited to applications requiring emitters positioned closer to the target material.

Ceramic element fast facts

  • Wattage: up to 1500W
  • Temperature: up to 726°C
  • Wavelength range: 3-10µm
  • Heat-up time: ~10 minutes
  • Most popular elements: FTE, FFEH, SFEHFull Quartz Elements from Ceramicx

Quartz infrared heating elements | Standard or Pillared?

Quartz infrared elements can be effective where rapid heater response and/or zone-controlled heat is needed.

Quartz Standard Elements – Short to medium-wave standard quartz heater elements consist of iron-chrome aluminium resistance wires inside highly reflective aluminium clad or stainless steel housing. Better suited to applications that involve continuous movement, their metal studs can withstand mechanical shock better than ceramic mounts of the pillared quartz element variation.

Quartz Pillared Elements – Short to medium-wave pillared quartz heater elements feature exactly the same technical and physical specifications but also include a pressed, ceramic pillar for mounting. With a 42 x 15mm punched slot in the reflector (max. thickness 1.5mm) and a supplied spring and clip, quartz pillared elements are designed for easy element replacement. The pillar also houses screw terminals for connection and can easily be interchanged for ceramic elements.

Quartz element fast facts:

  • Wattage: up to 1000W
  • Temperature: up to 772°C
  • Wavelength range: 1.5-8µm
  • Heat up time: ~5 minutes
  • Most popular elements: FQE, PFQE

Quartz Heating Tubes from Ceramicx

Quartz tube infrared heating elements | Halogen or Tungsten?

As a powerful heat emitter range, quartz infrared halogen and tungsten elements are used in fast-moving processes with shorter cycle times that require extremely high temperatures.

Quartz Halogen Elements – Short-wave quartz halogen heating elements use halogen gas to support the tungsten filament in reaching temperatures as high as 2600°C, with a peak wavelength emission of ~1.0µm.

Quartz Tungsten Elements – Medium-wave quartz tungsten heating elements use a porcupine or star type coil filament to reach operating temperatures up to 1500°C, with a peak wavelength emission of ~1.6µm.

Quartz Halogen and Tungsten element fast facts:

  • Wattage: up to 2000W
  • Temperature: up to 2600°C
  • Wavelength range: 1-1.6µm
  • Heat up time: instant

 

Ceramicx heating solutions

Infrared heat technology has the ability to deliver plenty of benefits to the user, whatever the process or application. Regardless of the demands, each ceramic, quartz, quartz halogen, or quartz tungsten infrared emitter provides precision heat where it’s needed, as well as being cost-effective and energy-efficient.

While delivering on cost and efficiency, making the right choice of Ceramicx infrared element will also mean:

  • Reduced machinery or process downtime
  • Reduced heat loss to machine surroundings
  • Consistent process heating for a reduced product reject rate
  • Less time and energy wasted replacing elements beyond essential maintenance
  • Better results / better quality product

For more information, complete our enquiry form here or email at [email protected]. We’ll be happy to help you find the right heating solution for you and your business.

 

See also – Ceramicx FAQ page.

Machinery Upgrade Delivers High-Quality And High Performance To The Ceramicx Toolroom

Upgrades to meet demand

Infrared technology is continually evolving, and as leaders in infrared heating elements and components for industry, it means Ceramicx has to lead by example. At the heart of everything we do is the technology we invest in, and our in-house machinery needs to help us meet the demand.

Our first upgrade has been to our CNC milling machines. While only used occasionally for a low quantity of production output, our current Hurco VM1 3-axis machine proved crucial to a lot of internal projects. But while giving us the ability to create moulds for many of our other machines, including our industrial ceramic hollow production line and dust press machines, it wasn’t satisfying current requirements.

Speed and accuracy

To help maximise production, step forward our brand new DMG MORI CMX 800 V vertical milling centre. As we run our CNC milling machines overnight producing moulds, this latest technology gives us essential improvements in key areas, together with increased productivity and reliability.

A larger table size and load, together with the increased work area allowing for greater X, Y, and Z-axis travel, gives us more stability. We also now have a much-improved cutting performance with an inline spindle speed of 12,000rpm, giving us a 53% increase in power and 45% higher torque. And there’s even greater accuracy of positioning in all axes up to 6 microns.

L-R Tooling Engineers David O Driscoll, Moetez Brinis & Tony O Donovan

Another level of product

Overseeing the installation was our IT Project Manager, Alan Draper, who said “We’re upgrading in this area now to bolster our manufacturing as we’re, by our own standards, not at the level we need to be. We have more moulds for Industrial ceramic production, Dust Press and Progression tooling than ever before, so we needed to increase our manufacturing capabilities to meet these demands.

But while the CMX 800 V is just the beginning of our planned upgrades, what else is in store? “We have a new DMG MORI NLX2000 lathe coming in shortly which is a very new piece of technology for us, we have nothing on a par with it at the moment, as well as a new laser marking machine. We also have a few things in the pipeline that we are not quite ready to talk about yet, but they should all come together to bring another level to our products.

While the addition of the CMX 800 V is a significant investment, allowing us to effectively double our current output, it also cements our commitment to productivity and performance as set in our recent ISO 9001:2015 quality management certification.

Ceramicx –”Optimising Infrared for the Future”

Over the last four years Ceramicx has seen many changes; Industry 4.0, cultural and environmental. In 2020 we have made the pivotal change from a craft based production to a semi-automated industrial production line. This has resulted in continued improvement to our quality, processes, and consistency.

Ceramicx is an indigenous Irish company with an unrivalled knowledge of infrared in all forms and a proven success record of nearly 30 years.  We welcome you to take a brief visit of Ceramicx through our short film presentation.

We acknowledge the excellent work of Dog Day Media and our own in-house marketing team in producing this presentation and a big Thank You to all the Ceramicx staff who starred in their film debut!

Ceramicx’s Quality Team

A Milestone

In October 2020 Ceramicx was awarded the ISO 9001:2015 accreditation for their Quality Management System by NSAi. We are delighted to have achieved this accreditation in what was a very challenging year for business. It gives assurance to our customers throughout the world that the Ceramicx name is synonymous with the highest standards in Quality – a must in today’s competitive world.

The Team

(L-R) Stanislav Piscako (Quality Technician), Ian Backhouse (Quality Manager)

Ian Backhouse joined us as our Head of Quality in June 2019 with the aim of implementing ISO 9001:2015 and to administer ongoing continual improvement in line with it. Ian’s background in quality management is twofold. Originally from the UK, Ian worked extensively in the field of environmental consultancy from 2003 to 2010, specializing in the fields of asbestos and legionella. following which, he relocated to Sweden to work as a quality manager for Elpress AB, who are a global manufacturer and supplier of electrical connectors and cable crimping solutions for a varied group of industries such as the wind power and renewable energy, traction and automotive sectors. Following his time with Elpress, Ian felt he was ready for a new challenge and made the move to Ireland, to work with Ceramicx.

Stanislav Piscako joined Ceramicx Ltd. 2013. He has worked in Ceramicx on the production floor for five years, mainly as Kiln operator but also in many other production areas. With his enthusiasm to work and willingness to improve and explore, he was promoted to Quality Control position to ensure that our product and processes are controlled and matching our customer expectations. In 2019 he received Quality Assurance Certificate from Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and is continuing to study for a EIQA Diploma in Quality Management qualification.

His duties in Ceramicx include control of production line processes and records, Rejects Overview as well as employee training, problem-solving, calibration and analysis to aid continuous improvement for Ceramicx Ltd.

ISO Undertaking

Stanislav’s experience working in Ceramicx for the last seven years meant that he played a crucial role in helping Ian understand the company.

With a target of one year to attain the ISO certification Ian, supported by Stanislav, analysed what needed to be done and set about gathering up and organising everything to make the Ceramicx quality management system fulfil the requirements of ISO 9001:2015. (See our previous blog on how we achieved the ISO here).

Going Forward

Now that the dust has cleared, maintaining the standard is the task at hand. While Ian is overseeing the implementation of continual improvement and maintaining the quality management system, Stanislav is keeping the production floor in order. Gaining the ISO 9001:2015 accreditation is a wonderful achievement for our quality team and company as a whole. Next year we will really see the payoff with the quality management system firmly in place.

Success As Ceramicx Welcomes New UK Business Development Manager

Tapping into the UK market

Mark brings over 30 years’ experience to the new role, where he’ll help Ceramicx increase our exposure as a leading infrared heating solutions provider and reach out to an, as yet, largely untapped UK marketplace.

Ceramicx is well known in the industry, working in partnership with a global network of independent distributors. But Mark’s experience will prove crucial as we look to explore opportunities in the UK applications sectors, together with more project-based industry and manufacturing businesses where Ceramicx can deliver a fully bespoke and custom heating solution.

This pro-active role will see Mark based in the West Midlands, mapping out the market and the UK territory as a whole. While strategically looking at where Ceramicx should be focusing directly, he’ll be engaging with UK-based process engineers, machine OEMs and end-users, helping them understand exactly what solutions Ceramicx can offer.

(L-R) Patrick Wilson (Production Manager) and Mark Billing (UK Business Development Manager)

Mark will also be advising both new and potential customers on how to best apply infrared in their processes, helping them realise the cost savings and increased productivity from a safer, more reliable infrared manufacturing environment.

Specifically, where we can improve their processes by replacing conventional heating methods with more energy-efficient and cost-effective infrared heating solutions. And of course, developing relationships and being that vital point of contact for ongoing sales and aftercare.

Now Mark’s been with Ceramicx for a few weeks, including spending time with us over in Ireland, here’s a bit more about him.

A new challenge

Birmingham born and bred, Mark has a formidable background and significant experience. For 30 years, he’s worked with OEMs, sub-contract service providers, and distributors in wide-ranging engineering sectors. Starting from an apprenticeship in mechanical engineering, the desire to find something more dynamic led to more tech-based and engineering-focused sales roles.

These roles progressed into business development and a more strategic, solutions-based selling environment in which Mark now excels. By helping the customer identify three objectives – either trying to fix, improve, or prevent a problem – Mark will work with our engineers to design a solution.

With self-proclaimed “perfect timing” at landing the role with Ceramicx, Mark is already looking forward to getting out on the road.

Throughout my career, I’ve never wanted to just repeat my experiences but looked to enhance them with new challenges. Joining Ceramicx is a great opportunity to work within a niche industry sector, and with their expertise in infrared technology, I’m convinced there’s great potential to become the partner of choice for many UK-based manufacturing companies.

Ceramicx is a dynamic, engineering-based business with big ambitions. While the culture, credibility, and integrity of Ceramicx really attracted me, there’s also a great synergy between us and we’re very much in sync with how we want to convey the capabilities of Ceramicx to customers.

Contact Mark today

This is a new role for Mark and new territory for us. While it will allow Ceramicx to look towards to a whole new market, it will also help us become more pro-active and effective in our online sales and marketing. So we extend our congratulations to Mark on joining us and welcome him to the team.

While Mark will be making contact with many businesses around different areas of the UK in due course, you contact him directly on 07761 161 732 or [email protected] to discuss your project and find out how Ceramicx infrared heatwork can help you.

(L-R) Gráinne Wilson (Director), Frank Wilson (Managing Director), Mark Billing (UK Business Development Manager)

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