A unique industrial collective, MAN, is casting aside the shadows of Brexit by recording its best ever year, with a £10m increase in sales paving the way for 125 new jobs.
The Manufacturing Assembly Network (MAN) comprises eight sub-contract manufacturers and an engineering design agency.
The collective has now taken full advantage of the positive exchange rate for Sterling and a desire to tap into British innovation to win contracts across the automotive, aerospace, electronics, renewables and medical sectors.
All nine firms have experienced growth over the last twelve months and have benefitted from sharing best practice, purchasing power and working together to target new clusters.
The expansion now means that MAN employs a 1000-strong combined workforce across 15 factories and boasts an order book that is fast approaching £90m, with 40% of that turnover sent overseas.
Rowan Crozier, CEO of Brandauer and the new chairman of the Manufacturing Assembly Network, said: “I am a firm believer in the power of collaboration and that is exactly what has helped us to grow the collective and our individual businesses over the last year.
“We were all together when the results of the European Referendum vote were announced and we were shocked.
“That feeling lasted for about ten minutes and then, like typical manufacturers, we decided to roll-up our sleeves and see how we could make the most out of the situation. The fall in the price of Sterling has certainly been a big help.”
Crozier continued: “This is only one element though. The UK is a great place to manufacture and we are becoming increasingly competitive with our international rivals thanks to a renewed focus on training, investment in automation and a willingness to innovate. Those are the true ingredients behind our success.”
Nine firms, one goal
The Manufacturing Assembly Network is made up of Alucast, Barkley Plastics, Brandauer, Grove Design, KimberMills International, Mec Com, Muller Holdings, PP Control & Automation and SMT Developments.
Together they offer every engineering discipline imaginable, including automation and control systems, casting, design, forging, plastic injection moulding, PCB development and precision stamped parts.
Is also currently working with Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) to improve processes and commercialise new technologies.
Crozier said: “This is a very exciting time to be taking the reins at MAN and there’s some immediate opportunities I want to focus on, primarily widening the network’s reach to win more business and strengthening our existing relationships with academia.
“There’s also plenty of new sectors we have yet to really touch and we’ll be looking to take our message out on the road to firms involved in the aerospace, military and defence sectors.”
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