£1m factory extension for PP Control & Automation

PP Control & Automation, one of the West Midlands’s fastest growing manufacturers, is dismissing uncertainty surrounding Brexit by investing more than £1m on a new factory extension.

PP Control & Automation has announced an ambitious expansion plan that will see it add 1,000 sqm of production space to its existing site in Cheslyn Hay, including a new logistics department and clean assembly area.

Construction work has already started on the building in a move that will aims to give the company the additional capacity it requires to achieve its target of doubling sales turnover to £40m by 2021.

Tony Hague, managing director, PP Control & Automation.
Tony Hague, managing director, PP Control & Automation.

New staff are in the process of being recruited for the first phase of expansion, with the control and automation specialist keen to invest in six new apprentices as part of this recruitment drive.

Managing director, Tony Hague explained: “There was a lot of talk about uncertainty holding back industry after the Brexit vote, but we have confidence – in the medium term – that UK manufacturing in general will be strong and the growth plans of ourselves and our customers remain unchanged.

“In the short term with Sterling weakening against the euro and the US dollar, we have actually seen growth in export markets as UK competitiveness has improved.”

Hague continued: “The additional 1,000 sqm will be used for additional manufacturing space, a just-in-time logistics operation and new clean assembly area that we’ll need for new opportunities in the more specialist industry sectors, such as scientific equipment and semiconductor processing markets.

“Importantly, it gives us the manufacturing footprint required to increase sales by 100% and is a real show of intent when talking with potential clients.”

PP Control & Automation, which is a member of the Manufacturing Assembly Network (MAN), has become one of the world’s most respected suppliers of electrical control systems, cable harnesses and sub-contract manufacturing solutions.

Employing nearly 200 people, PP Control & Automation has benefitted significantly from the ‘outsourcing’ trend being employed by machinery builders.
Employing nearly 200 people, PP Control & Automation has benefitted significantly from the ‘outsourcing’ trend being employed by machinery builders.

Employing nearly 200 people, the company has benefitted significantly from the ‘outsourcing’ trend being employed by machinery builders keen to reduce production lead times, secure greater manufacturing flexibility and ultimately reduce overall manufacturing costs.

Chairman of PP Control & Automation, David Fox noted: “Companies have realised that strategic outsourcing in areas of non-core activities offers many significant commercial and operational benefits, but they have to make sure they fully investigate their choice of outsourcing partner. Get it wrong and the consequence can be devastating.

“Manufacturers are more aware of the processes that they wish to keep in house, these are a core activity and key to their success and the areas they wish to invest in.

“Equally they observe non-core activities as being unnecessary and often a cost burden. This awareness is something we’re now looking to capitalise on through our involvement with the Manufacturing Assembly Network.”

Fox concluded: “Working in partnership with electronics experts SMT Developments and fabrication specialist Mec Com, we have launched the OEM Outsourcing Cluster and will be promoting this through a new brochure, digital marketing campaign and by attending carefully identified trade shows.”

PP Control & Automation, which holds ISO 9001:2015 and UL 508A accreditations, is targeting growth in Germany, the US and North America as part of its push to reach £40m sales.