Friday, April 24, 2015

News: Made Here Now at AESSEAL

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Leading Rotherham company, AESSEAL has been chosen as one of the first case studies to showcase modern UK manufacturing.

Made Here Now, the brainchild of former Financial Times manufacturing editor Peter Marsh, is a new website with the aim of using the best writing, photography and design to paint a more upbeat picture of UK industry than is often seen in most mainstream media.

The website tells the story of modern-day industry through a series of articles and stunning pictures on four exemplar companies and is aiming to educate and inspire young people, academics, politicians and international investors about Britain's engineering strengths.

With its global headquarters at Templeborough, AESSEAL manufactures seals to stop leakage of harmful liquids and gases into the environment used in the oil, chemical, gas, mining, water and other industries.

Chris Rea OBE, the founder and current managing director of AES, recently opened the doors of the impressive Rotherham facility as the site celebrates the benefits of being "niche."

Born in Northern Ireland in 1954, Rea graduated from Queens University Belfast in 1975 with an Honours Degree in Economics. He took on AESSEAL in 1979 when it had just eight staff. It is now the UK's last remaining, and the world's fourth largest, mechanical seal manufacturer, with 1,700 employees and 230 locations worldwide, supplying customers in 104 countries.

With sales in 2014 of £142m, 85% from overseas, Rea, who taught himself about engineering and production, talks about the three key areas of success for the business - devising new products, manufacturing excellence and sales. He told madeherenow.com: "A lot of businesses can innovate. But can they manufacture the products and can they sell them? I think you've got to be equally good at all three. If you aren't, the customers will soon notice."

The company strives to provide customers with a sufficiently compelling reason to give them an opportunity and prides itself on exceeding expectation, meeting even the most complex briefs and challenging lead times.

The case study discusses the support from Rotherham Council, providing land for AES to build its facility in the early days, and how it has paid dividends with continued investment and staff levels up to 350 with more to come.

Peter Marsh, who has covered industrial developments for more than three decades, said: "The website is setting out to put British manufacturing on the map with the public in a much more vibrant way than before, illustrating new technologies, innovation and skills through a series of articles, photography and video.

"47 organisations - spanning a diverse array of business and public life – have backed the project. Without such a large amount of assistance this initiative would never have got off the ground and I'm very grateful to them for backing the cause of UK manufacturing in such an imaginative way.

"There's a big appetite for this and the plan is to generate more case studies, articles, pictures and educational resources to ensure Made Here Now is the first place people visit to discover a true picture of 21st century British manufacturing."

AESSEAL website
Made Here Now website

Images: Made Here Now

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