Megger: A study in agility
Since Coronavirus struck, the UK manufacturing sector has been obliged to changed in many fundamental ways, from where people work, how they work, even to what they produce. Companies' future prosperity - their survival even - is likely to depend on the level of agility they are capable of when responding to future challenges. We talk to one company, Megger, that has used its own agility as a showcase for others to learn from.
A Manufacturer with Honour
Paul Morris could hardly believe it when he received an email saying he was to receive the MBE in the New Year's Honours. In fact, he didn't believe it, he thought it was a scam. When the truth finally dawned, it put the cherry on the top of what had been a very trying, but very successful year for his Staffordshire company Addmaster. And given that his products make the world safer from Covid-19, things can only get better.
Bott of Bude - A ZenootTV Manufacturer Profile
Bott - a great family business that embraces digital technologies, from the shop floor to the shop window, and exports all over the world. Resilience, agility and creativity have led this £130m+ t/o company to lead in every market they tackle. And that includes giving the nation's tradespeople the tools they need to create their own mobile workspace. Nick Peters meets Bott's UK MD Nick Smith.
Thinking big - diversification as a recipe for stability
This week's Manufacturer in Profile from ZenootTV meets TWP Manufacturing, a company whose origins lie in the TWP name - Three Way Pressings. Rather than rely solely on subcontract work, TWP took the bold decision to become manufacturers of consumer products in their own right, and now enjoy multiple revenue streams that provide stability in these uncertain times. Nick Peters meets owner/director Phil Stanley.
Growth through investment: the A&M story. The ZenootTV Manufacturer in Profile.
If you ever need evidence of the power of investment to drive a manufacturing business forward, look no further than A&M EDM of Smethwick in the West Midlands. A determined reinvestment of profits back into the business in recent years through new equipment, skills, apprenticeships, innovation and sales has resulted in double digit annual growth for these precision engineers. In 2018 alone, turnover grew 32% to £6m. It's a company in it for the long haul - and it shows.
ZenootTV Manufacturer of the Week - Denroy Plastics Ltd.
THE AEROSPACE TO HAIR CARE COMPANY ZenootTV UK Manufacturer of the Week is Denroy Plastics of Bangor, Northern Ireland, a £20m turnover company with a fascinating past (thanks to legendary hairdresser Vidal Sassoon!) and a brilliant future built on investment in injection moulding technology that sees them producing parts for aerospace, automotive and the medical sector. But potential storm clouds loom, with the province's post-Brexit relationship with mainland GB causing the company some concern.
ZenootTV Manufacturer of the Week - Crystal Doors
Crystal Doors and their MD Richard Hagan have invested heavily in improving productivity over the last ten years, and it's an investment that paid dividends when lockdown struck and they had to switch to supply special products for the Nightingale Hospitals. The key to their success? Hagan says it's because they never stop learning. "Crystal Doors is less a place to work, more a place to learn," he says, in this riveting insight into a company determined to make its own future.
ZenootTV Manufacturer of the Week - Playdale Playgrounds Ltd
What happens when a family business gets too comfortable? As Playdale's MD/CEO Barry Leahey MBE tells us, it can very quickly get uncomfortable. Barry, who is the first non-family member to run the 285 year-old company, talks us through the 15 years he's been there and some of the tough conversations he had to have to make change happen. It worked - the company is now a global exporter to 50 countries, is three times the size it was, and Barry is now an adviser to government on SME manufacturing in the UK. Learn more about Playdale at www.playdale.co.uk. Would you like to our Manufacturer of the Week? Apply here: www.ukmfgmedia.com/manufacturer-of-the-week
ZenootTV Manufacturer of the Week - Protolabs
Protolabs was a digital technology company before the phrase even entered common parlance. Founded in the United States 1999 by a computer whizz who saw an opportunity to radically reducing prototyping times, the company is now truly global. It continues to strive for faster and more sophisticated prototyping in order to shorten innovation timescales. Nick spoke to Marketing Communications Director Peter Richards to understand more about the business and how it sees manufacturing technologies evolving.