A UK manufacturing collective is setting its sights on a £10 million sales boost after seven of its nine members reported being back to or above pre-COVID levels.
The Manufacturing Assembly Network (MAN), which works together to win new contracts and share best practice, has secured a string of contracts across automotive, electronics, medical and renewables following the easing of lockdown.
40 new jobs are now expected to be created, with plans in place to invest £2.5 million on increasing 3D printing capability, robotics and high-speed presses.
MAN has also announced the appointment of new co-chairmen to oversee the continued recovery and to expand the capabilities of the group even further.
Peter Davies, CEO of James Lister & Sons, and Grove Design’s Austin Owens have jointly taken over at the helm, with the duo keen to look at how they maximise the different engineering disciplines of members.
“The majority of our companies have recovered from the economic shock of Covid-19 – quicker than many of us expected,” explained Mr Davies. “We have adapted the way we work, and it has been a learning curve, but I think it shows the resilience of industry and how we can pivot to continue to supply our customers whilst also keeping our staff safe.
“This included our members producing wiring harnesses for ventilators, nose clips for face masks and the development of the manKIND visor to support the NHS, healthcare and charities.”
He continued: “Our focus now is on supporting members who are still below pre-pandemic volumes and looking at how we can harness the power of MAN to achieve new efficiencies and, importantly, target new opportunities.
“There have been a lot of early successes in electrification and this is one area we feel plays perfectly to our design and manufacturing skills. This extends to working with Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) to look at developing an e-mobility demonstrator concept.”
The Manufacturing Assembly Network, which employs more than 1750 people across 13 different factories, can offer every engineering discipline imaginable, including aluminium casting, automation and control systems, forging, plastic injection moulding, PCB development, precision machining, high-volume pressing, tube manipulation and welded assemblies.
Its membership includes Alucast, Barkley Plastics, Brandauer, C-MAC SMT, Grove Design, James Lister & Sons, Kimbermills International, Muller Holdings and PP Control & Automation.
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