The Manufacturing Assembly Network (MAN) is looking to target more than £5m of new contract opportunities after launching a new cluster to tap into the demand from larger companies for greater levels of strategic outsourcing.
Mec Com, PP Control & Automation, and SMT Developments have joined forces to give original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) the chance to access fabrication, electronic and electrical assembly services through a single source.
It comes after the trio saw a 25% increase in the number of outsourcing ‘wins’ secured over the past 12 months and aims to provide a new dedicated resource for clients looking to outsource non-core activity, while investing more resource on critical manufacturing operations.
By sharing its resource, knowledge and expertise, the cluster promises to reduce customer lead times, increase capacity and reduce overall production costs.
Managing director of electronics manufacturing specialist, SMT Developments, John Rowley explained: “Every year we set out a 12-month strategy for growing the MAN Group and this time we decided to focus on splitting into clusters to target specific customer groups.
“The first cluster that immediately leapt out was providing outsourcing solutions to OEMs, something we were doing individually and occasionally together. There is definitely a trend towards the more progressive firms looking to recognise non-core activities within their business and identify supply chain partners that have greater expertise.”
Rowley added: “The benefits are many, including stock and work in progress reductions, greater production flexibility and eliminating the need for scarce and costly skilled sub-contract labour. However, the main driver is reduction in production and sales lead times for our customers, this is a common theme across all sectors.”
MAN is hoping to make the most of this new cluster by embarking on a six-month marketing campaign to target potential customers in automotive, food processing, machine tools, packaging and the energy sectors.
A 12-page brochure and digital media campaign has been launched and the collective is now looking to attend a number of specialist shows and is considering taking the ‘outsourcing’ offer on the road.
Managing director of fabrication experts, Mec Com, Richard Bunce continued: “A lot of people offer outsourcing, but very few can offer a single source to fabrication, electronics and electrical assembly. That’s what makes this different.
“We have worked on numerous contracts together and understand the way each firm works. For the customer, you just get one lead member who controls the complete interaction. The feedback has been great.”
Bunch concluded: “Better still, we can then call upon the expertise of an engineering design consultancy and five other sub-contract manufacturers offering casting, CNC machining, forging, injection moulding, pressing and stamping.
“Customers already benefiting from the MAN difference include a leading aerospace technology provider, a specialist in screen printing and a fruit labelling expert. All are best in class and adopting the ‘outsourcing’ approach to growth.”
The Manufacturing Assembly Network offers customers access to 800 highly skilled staff working across 15 factories in three continents.
It spends more than £5m on new technology and capital equipment every year and currently exports to 35 countries.
Other member companies include Alucast; Barkley Plastics; Brandauer; Grove Design; KimberMills International, and Muller Holdings.