£1m expansion for West Midlands manufacturer

£1m expansion for West Midlands manufacturer

West Midlands manufacturer PP Control & Automation has invested more than £1m into a new factory extension in a bid to hit its target of doubling turnover to £40m by 2021.

The expansion will see 1,000 sq metres of production space added to its existing site in Cheslyn Hay, including a new logistics department and clean assembly area.

New staff are in the process of being recruited for the first phase of expansion, with the control and automation specialist keen to invest in six new apprentices as part of this recruitment drive.

Tony Hague, managing director: “The additional 1,000 sq metres will be used for additional manufacturing space, a just-in-time logistics operation and new clean assembly area that we’ll need for new opportunities in the more specialist industry sectors, such as scientific equipment and semiconductor processing markets.

“Importantly, it gives us the manufacturing footprint required to increase sales by 100% and is a real show of intent when talking with potential clients.”

PP Control & Automation, which is a member of the Manufacturing Assembly Network (MAN), currently employs 200 people and has benefitted from the ‘outsourcing’ trend being employed by machinery builders keen to reduce production lead times, secure greater manufacturing flexibility and ultimately reduce overall manufacturing costs.

“Companies have realised that strategic outsourcing in areas of non-core activities offers many significant commercial and operational benefits, but they have to make sure they fully investigate their choice of outsourcing partner. Get it wrong and the consequence can be devastating,” explained David Fox, chairman of PP Control & Automation.

“Manufacturers are more aware of the processes that they wish to keep in house, these are a core activity and key to their success and the areas they wish to invest in.

“Equally they observe non-core activities as being unnecessary and often a cost burden. This awareness is something we’re now looking to capitalise on through our involvement with the Manufacturing Assembly Network.”

Looking ahead, PP Control & Automation is targeting growth in Germany, the US and North America as part of its push for £40m sales.



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