Best practice for West Midlands

The Manufacturing Advisory Service West Midlands is running a series of best practice manufacturing visits and workshops


The Manufacturing Advisory Service West Midlands (MAS-WM) is running a series of best practice manufacturing visits and workshop visits to help local companies learn from leading manufacturers.




Now in their fourth year, the best practice visits, delivered by the Inside Manufacturing Enterprise programme from Coventry University Enterprises, start in September and will take visitors into companies that exemplify best practice from across the region.



Hosts range from small to medium enterprises (SMEs) to global market leaders, each with best practice to share in a number of areas relevant to other manufacturers. Visits consist of a site tour and discussion of two key topics.



The season’s first best practice visit, on September 18, is to Remploy Automotive in Kitts Green, Birmingham, when the key areas of discussion will be, ‘improving process capability’ and, ‘positive about disabled people’.



Remploy Automotive has supplied the automotive industry for more than 50 years, using that experience to create staff development programmes for business. The company has centres of excellence across the country and a client list that includes BMW, Ford, Premier Automotive Group, Autoliv, Inergy, Teleflex, Arvin Meritor, Honda, Ikeda Hoover and Unipart.



In October, the venue is measurement specialists Renishaw at Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire and in November the programme moves on to leading electrical assemblies manufacturer Power Panels Electrical Systems in Walsall. In January, the visits resume at engineers Brandauer in Birmingham.



Subjects to be tackled include manufacturing philosophy, new product introduction, adding value to the supply chain and continuous improvement and training.



Workshop visits are also available to complement the MAS-WM manufacturing workshops and are open exclusively to companies who attend the workshop programme. They will each offer one, more targeted, subject for discussion.