MAN celebrates 10th anniversary by looking to the future

MAN celebrates 10th anniversary by looking to the future

A Midlands manufacturing cluster which boasts annual sales of £70m is celebrating a decade in business, with further plans to deliver £5m of new sales by the end of the year.

The Midlands Assembly Network (MAN), a group of eight sub-contract manufacturers and a specialist engineering design consultancy, is looking to mark the major milestone by setting out a new approach to winning work in the UK and overseas.

Set up in 2006 by government support, the cluster was created to help firms work together to secure new business, and has already secured more than £35m worth of contracts, as well as creating hundreds of jobs in the process.

“I believe the vision was to jointly market the manufacturing capabilities of the region and the initial vision was to ensure that every aspect of mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering process was offered, and importantly, there was no competition,” said Tony Hague, chairman of MAN and managing director of PP Electrical Systems.

“Three of the founding members – Alucast, Barkley Plastics and Brandauer – still remain part of MAN and our philosophy is still very much the same…to work together to win work, to share best practice, training expertise, buying resource and to promote UK manufacturing to the rest of the world.”

The cluster employs over 750 people and currently operates in 30 different countries, spanning automotive, aerospace, construction, electronics, F1, energy, food and drink, packaging, renewables and telecommunications.

After working on high profile projects over the last 10 years, including the London 2012 Olympic torch and the launch of the Jaguar Land Rover Evoque, the MAN are now looking to follow up its success by achieving a further £10m of new sales across the group next year.

“Our best ever year brought in about £4.5m, but I think there is now a growing demand from OEMs and tier1s in the supply chain to outsource some of their non-core production,” explained Matt Harwood, business development manager at Barkley Plastics.

“This presents a great opportunity for MAN as we have a proven track record of delivering complex assemblies, new product introductions and answers to really different engineering issues.

“There’s no reason why we can’t aim for £10m of new sales across the group next year.”

MAN in 2016 is made up of Alucast, Barkley Plastics, Brandauer, Grove Design, KimberMills International, Mec Com, Muller Holdings, PP Electrical Systems, SMT Developments and associate partner Warwick Manufacturing Group.