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Praise for torch makers

Staff at a sheet metal factory have certainly had their work cut out after being commissioned to make the 8,000 London 2012 Olympic Torches.

Skilled workers at Premier Sheet Metals have been praised for their skills after producing the torches that will be seen all over the world as they are carried across Britain before the start of this year’s Games.

Sebastian Coe, chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games, said: “The very best of contemporary British design, engineering and manufacturing techniques are encapsulated in the London 2012 Olympic Torch.

“Our 8,000 Torchbearers will each carry a Torch with pride as they show the world the Olympic spirit is alive and well across the UK in the run up to the start of the Olympic Games.”

The London 2012 torch is a triangular shape, gold coloured and covered in 8,000 holes to represent the 8,000 torchbearers. They are made of aluminium alloy, chosen because it is lightweight but strong, with good heat resistance.

Staff at Premier Sheet Metals used several techniques to create the torches.

Laser cutting was needed to make up the body of the torch and the circular holes, welding was needed to join the pieces together, the emblem of London 2012 had to be fixed to the front and the torches then had to be coated with a special gold finish.

The torch was designed by east Londoners Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, who won the opportunity through a competitive tender run by the London 2012 Organising Committee and the Design Council.

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