P&B Metal Components has just turned 50-years old. But perhaps the greater achievement is that more than 40% of its low cost contract assemblies are exported to Asia. Phil Penney and Colin Richardson tell TM how this manufacturer is futureproofing itself with a new plant refurbishment project driven by productivity needs, a 5S programme and the devotion to delivering prices that customers want.
The manufacturing sector is highly vulnerable to corruption, both in the UK and abroad. Although the Bribery Act was returned to the legislative pan in April to burn off the additional fat considered too burdensome for UK businesses, as of July 1, the act is in full force. UK businesses must ensure their corruption prevention policies are fit for purpose and, as Tim Brown reports, the weight of compliance is considerable.