Swedish students at Firmac

17 Swedish sixth formers visited local engineering business Firmac and then Scarborough UTC as part of their educational visit to Scarborough on 29th May. The students, from Vilhelm Moberg Sixth Form College in Sweden, are all taking courses in either business, technology or engineering. 

Anna Horling, teacher at Vilhelm Moberg Sixth Form College and trip organiser, explains why the visit to local business is important. “The college brings students to Scarborough every year as part of their last compulsory English course. This gives them experience of communicating in English whilst learning about English culture and everyday life in the UK. We are always thrilled that Firmac welcomes us to their factory. It’s great for the students to see a successful British manufacturing company, exporting all over the world, including Sweden”.

Lewis Firth, Director at Firmac, commented. “This is the third year that we have hosted a visit from Vilhelm Moberg Sixth Form College. 85% of our business is exported worldwide and we work with businesses and partners across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. We believe it’s important to encourage and promote British engineering wherever we can, and this is one such opportunity.”

The visit to the town also gave the students the opportunity to see Scarborough UTC, where students combine traditional GCSE and A-Level studies with technical qualifications in engineering and cyber security. Lee Kilgour, the College Principal said, “Our UTC continues to learn from international education providers, such as our Swedish guests and our partnership with the Austrian HTBLVA Ferlac, and it is fantastic to welcome the students from Vilhelm Moberg here today, to show them our amazing facilities.”

Anna concludes, “This visit provided a great opportunity for our technology students to learn about Scarborough’s UTC. In Sweden, like the UK, there is a shortage of engineers and as educators we are looking at ways to address this. It’s very interesting for our students to see how their British peers are being trained and educated to fill this gap.”

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Firmac Ltd, Firth Sheet Metal Ltd and Firmac Engineering Services are celebrating 10 years at Elge House on the Eastfield Industrial Estate, Scarborough. The business was established in 1964 and has enjoyed more than 50 years of continual growth, necessitating several moves until the new 30,000 ft² purpose-built Facilitywas opened on 22ndMay 2009.

Firth Sheet Metal (FSM) are now unrecognisable from the two-man business based in garage forecourt premises in Fridaythorpe village back in 1964, to having a client list that includes leading supermarket chains, international retailers, building contractors and mechanical engineering services. The company also installs “small works” for many of the hotels, restaurants and bars, holiday parks and campsites in the North & East Yorkshire area.

Firmac Ltd. was founded by Colin Firth in 1985, along with brothers Lewis and Brian, in response to the lack of high-quality duct manufacturing machinery available in the market. Firmac is now widely recognised as one of the leading sheet metal ductwork technology companies in the world and exports around 95% of its business to over 50 countries worldwide.

Director Lewis Firth commented, “Elge House has provided Firmac with the space to not only increase productivity but also to innovate. Over the past 10 years we have designed and built cuttingedge machinery incorporatingthe latest robotics and software which provides truly revolutionary fully automated duct forming machinery.”

Complementing the group, Firmac Engineering Services provides comprehensive mechanical design and building services to the retail and commercial sector such as high-end retailers including ASDA, Aldi, Sainsbury’s , John Lewis, Lidl and Tesco.


Big 5 Dubai 2018

Join Firmac and Flameshield at the Big 5 Dubai, 26-29 November 2018. Hear about the latest developments in duct forming technology including the popular Drive Cleat Duct Line, Automatic Duct Former (ADF), Pro Duct DRS CGF1 and CGF2 and Flameshield Fireduct.

Our experts will be on the stand to help you chose the best machinery for your business.


26-29 November, Dubai World Trade Centre - Stand Z5 G80


Come and talk to the experts in duct forming technology in Hall 12 Stand D132.

Discuss your own bespoke applications with our experts in machinery applications. Learn how creative design and controls technology can help you improve your manufacturing. 

23-26th October, Hanover, Germany.

17 Swedish students from Wilhelm Moberg School, from the town of Emmaboda in Sweden, visited local engineering business Firmac as part of an educational trip to the town on 8th June.

The college brings sixth form students to Scarborough every year as part of their last compulsory English course giving them experience of communicating in English whilst learning about English culture and everyday life in the UK. The students who visited Firmac all have an interest in technology.

Firmac is a world leading manufacturer of sheet metal duct forming technology and global exporter so it was a good opportunity for the Swedish students to see a British engineering company.

Lewis Firth, Director at Firmac explains, “The students saw the engineering processes within the Firmac business , including mechanical and electrical design, software design, CNC machining, assembly and final testing areas.

We export around 85% of our sheet metal duct forming machines and Sweden is one of our growing markets. The selection of HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) equipment they saw today, in various stages of construction, will be exported to countries including Denmark, France, Italy, Dubai, Lebanon and two for their native country of Sweden.”

Anna Horling, teacher at Wilhelm Moberg School, added, “We strive to go on study visits that are within the field of education that the students have chosen. Therefore, some visit Town Hall, some visit private companies and talk about economical differences and similarities while others compare English production and technology to Swedish. We’ve now visited Firmac two years in a row and both years our students especially appreciated to see an industry that produces machines for production companies.”


Firmac once again exhibited at the Big 5 Dubai, Dubai World Trade Centre.

The Firmac team were on hand to advise on duct forming and roll forming technology and consult on factory layout for optimal duct production. 

Visitors were interested to learn about Flameshield® Fireduct, a non-coated fire-rated ductwork system manufactured on Firmac’s CGF1 Pro Duct or CGF1 MDF. This system is made from galvanised sheet metal and is the UK’s first non-coated, fire rated ductwork to achieve LPCB certification for both BS and EN standards. 

Flameshield Fireduct has been installed into some of the UK’s most prestigious buildings including the Shard, the Olymic Stadium, St Bartholomew's Hospital and AWE Aldermaston.


6-10 November 2017

Along with French agents Tyma Diffusion, Firmac exhibited at Batimat, Paris 2017.

Visitors were keen to see the ADF (Automatic Duct Former) and Nu-Loc duct seamer, both featured on the stand. The STR-750 Square to Round Duct Former was of particular interest to visitors who wanted to speed up production of square to round duct fittings.

All Firmac duct forming technology is designed and made by Firmac in the UK.


The ADF is ideal for duct workshops looking to make efficiencies and increase productivity when producing sheet metal ductwork. It automates the duct forming process with ease and efficiency and is available as standard with 2 to 6 uncoiling stations,


The Nu-Loc duct seamer, with mastic sealant is ideal for closing straight ducts, ensuring the closed seam is approved for low, medium and high pressure applications. Compact and time efficient, the Nu-Loc will produce a seam in less than 15 seconds; arguably the fastest seam closer on the market today.


This compact and versatile machine will form a square to round duct fitting in less than two minutes from one piece of metal, with only one join. It's versatility and mobility makes it ideal for on-site work too.

Literature on Firmac products is available in French. Please request information from Tyma Diffusion.


Firmac spent 3 days last week at Scarborough Engineering Week (11-13 October). The event, which is in it’s 7th year, welcomed primary and secondary school children to learn about careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) subjects. Firmac apprentices were on hand to talk about apprenticeships and the role of engineering in a modern company.

Firmac supports Engineering Week as part of an ongoing programme to promote engineering to students in the local area.

The event was hugely popular with aspiring engineers who have the opportunity to see and hear about opportunities in local manufacturing and engineering businesses. Firmac was one of many local organisations including, GCHQ, McCain, Dale Power Solutions and Unison Ltd who support this annual event.