MEP visits Grantham business tackling metal theft

MEP Emma McClarkin turns her hand to metal marking at the Signature Materials base in Grantham.

MEP Emma McClarkin turns her hand to metal marking at the Signature Materials base in Grantham.

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An award-winning Grantham business set up to combat metal theft, has been visited by Conservative MEP for the East Midlands, Emma McClarkin.

Miss McClarkin was given a tour of the Signature Materials site at Springfield Business Park, where they engrave unique marks as a deterrant to metal thiefs, who cost the UK economy an estimated £220 million a year.

“My visit to Signature Materials was a real eye opener,” said Miss McClarkin. “Not only to the scale of the problem of metal theft but the ingenuity of their inventions to combat it. This is a really effective solution for churches, businesses and households alike and I look forward to providing any assistance I can to help them promote their service across the region, UK and Europe.”

The metal marking technology of Signature Materials was developed by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, with each individual ‘signature’ relating to ownership details stored on a national database. It therefore enables stolen materials to be identified by police, scrap dealers and border control agencies.

Signature Materials also won a crime reduction award in 2014 with partners Electricity North West and Greater Manchester Police after successfully marking over 1,000 electricity substations.