Manufacturing collective embarks on £2m expansion

Manufacturing collective embarks on £2m expansion

The Midlands Assembly Network (MAN) is targeting over £2m in new sales after adding forging to its capabilities.

MAN, a group of eight sub-contract manufacturers, has welcomed KimberMills International to its ranks to open up new opportunities in the petrochemical and rail sectors.

This means MAN can now offer forged parts up to 75kg, as well all mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering processes.

Tony Hague, chairman of MAN, commented: “We are delighted to attract such a well respected company and one that shares the same values that we do, values of continuous improvement, world class performance and innovation.

“KimberMills has recently invested £1m into a new forge facility, one of only a few new ones seen in the region for years. This gives it the capability to produce oil and gas pipe clamps and brakesuspension parts for the automotive sector.”

Established in 1919, KimberMills International offers high quality forgings and machined parts. The firm employs 50 people.

Larry Joyce, chairman, is delighted to be joining the Midlands Assembly Network. “MAN is a fantastic example of Midlands manufacturers working together to retain work and bring contracts home to the UK. We’ve been watching its development for some time and glad it felt we had something to offer.

“We believe there’s about £1m of new orders we can secure from increasing our presence in markets like motorsport and F1, but the collec”tive is much more than just the positive difference on the bottom line."