With the appointment of Barry Engstrom to the post of Group Manufacturing Director with HepcoMotion, the company says it is embarking on a new initiative to align best practice at both of its UK manufacturing sites.
All bearings used in its linear motion components and systems are produced at the Group's Braintree Precision Components (BPC) factory in Essex, while its Tiverton factory in Devon is responsible for all other elements. Barry Engstrom's role will be to harmonise the processes and functions between the two.
His appointment coincides with the retirement of BPC Production Director, Brian Weavers. The day-to-day running of the BPC business will now be the responsibility of General Manager, David Ford, with Engstrom in overall charge of all Group manufacturing.
Engstrom states: "We will be developing the business in line with our continuous improvement programme towards lean manufacturing. But the short-term focus for both sites will be the increase of kanban-controlled stock. Our business is growing again and we are very busy across all our product groups."
Bridging the skills shortage is a longer-term objective and for many years the company's policy has been to invest in the engineering apprenticeship scheme. This has been a highly effective approach for the company, resulting in successive generations of apprentices rising through its management ranks.
Engstrom concludes: "There will be a fresh intake of apprentices at Tiverton in the coming months and we are actively seeking to put a similar programme in place at Braintree. It is a proven and time-honoured formula for us."