Derek Bradbury and Andy Briggs joined us for our latest Manufacturing Matters interview.
Thomas Sanderson is the UK's largest manufacturer and supplier of conservatory and window blinds, and a leading manufacturer of wooden shutters
Located in Waterlooville, Portsmouth, the company believes that in today’s market, it is necessary to invest in technology. This is crucial not only as it helps Thomas Sanderson to sustain its position in the blinds and shutters marketplace, but most importantly, ensure because this investment positively impacts potential and existing customers while also benefitting its staff.
19 January 2018
Keith Reilly, MD of Alfatronix, joined us for the latest in our Manufacturing Matters interviews.
With a strong £5m turnover, Keith shared his thoughts on staying lean and agile to maintain success, as well as giving his staff the freedom to get the job done.
20 November 2017
In the latest of our Manufacturing Matters interviews, we spoke to the MD of TDSi about his pragmatic approach to the current climate, not just politically but also with regard to ever evolving technologies. Currently running an integrated system, hosted in the cloud, John discussed with us the Internet of Things (IoT) and how it is changing business models from that of a product supplier to service suppliers. John also spoke about the holes in UK education meaning that not enough young talent is coming through - with Brexit approaching he is open to the idea of moving more of the business into Europe to satisfy their export business, if required.
02 October 2017
In previous interviews for Manufacturing Matters we have discussed the UK focus on bespoke solutions rather than competing on a like-for-like basis. Phil Cutting says that Commercial Lighting Systems is no different; rather than competing with cheap Chinese supply they are focussed on supplying customised manufactured products. Focussed on improving the quality and energy consumption of lighting in the commercial industry, the company looks for alternative services to stay competitive, such as refurbishing existing lamps to modern technologies.
29 August 2017
BVM Embedded Intelligence are a UK Manufacturer of industrial computing solutions, from motherboards to touch screen panel PCs. We spoke to Rod Clarke, MD, about how a UK manufacturer can be competitive in the world of electronic components. As with much of the UK Manufacturing industry, it is the bespoke nature of the made-to-order business that sets BVM apart from Far Eastern suppliers. Rather than competing with high quality Taiwanese components, the business buys in these components to provide tailored solutions to suit industry applications.
22 August 2017
BOFA International are a leading supplier of fume extraction technology. Tony Lockwood, MD, talks about the huge growth that the company has experienced, whilst fighting to keep the core values of flexibility and innovation in the products that they provide. With significant investments in IT and R&D, such as implementing an ERP system, the willing to spend and adjust to achieve growth stems from a common mindset in the management team.
As a UK manufacturer, Tony recognises the value behind the flag. With 90% of sales going overseas, BOFA are investing in subsidiary offices as part of their growth plan.
“To be part of a manufacturing story is wonderful."
08 August 2017
Aqua Cooling is a global supplier of process cooling equipment. With a head office in Fareham, the company currently buys in standard or made to order units, modifying them for bespoke orders. With the current high levels of growth, Kevin discusses the pros and cons of manufacturing in the UK, as well as staff adapting to change with new systems.
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09 May 2017
The latest in our series of Manufacturing Matters interviews features Martin Hennessey of Austin Hughes Europe. As a leading manufacturer and supplier of Data Centre management and administration solutions, we spoke to their MD to find out about their balance between UK and overseas manufacture. Their fast turnaround of supply to demand is a Unique Selling Point (USP) against American competitors utilising a UK assembly team. With Brexit making the future unclear, Austin Hughes are confident that they can shift their focus as is required to continue their steady growth.
11 April 2017
The next instalment of our series Manufacturing Matters, running up to the report we commissioned from Decision Magazine, is now here. Richard Watson is the Chief Exec of Pascoe International, the world's leading manufacturer of luxury yacht tenders. Many of you will not have the bankroll to know what that is, so here is an explanation! Luxury yachts are often too large to bring into dock, or at least prefer the privacy of being anchored off-shore. This means that they rely on smaller vessels (tenders) to transfer anything from guests to delivery of supplies. Pascoe specialises in manufacturing tenders to a level that matches the mother ship, which requires a huge skill-set.
04 April 2017
The second in our series of Manufacturing Matters Interviews, running up to the report we commissioned from Decision Magazine, is now here. We spoke with the MD of Morgan Contract Furniture, Rodney McMahon, about his views of the manufacturing industry, especially with regard to IT and technology and how it is landscaping the future of UK businesses. As the owner of the UK's foremost independent manufacturer of furniture for the leisure and corporate markets, he discusses 3D printing and the frustrations of IT when it doesn't work.
24 March 2017
A major report commissioned by Dynamics Consultants will demonstrate the worldclass attributes of manufacturers based in the south of England, with a consideration of their particular qualities and their take on technology, globalisation, the supply chain, customer expectation, and the availability of the skillsets required now and in the future.
Each fortnight leading up to publication, the latest thought-provoking interview with a director of one of the companies to be included in the report will be available here for you to download.