Monday, July 28, 2008

News: Practical MAS support gives Darron the Tools to succeed


Rotherham firm, Darron Tool & Engineering has achieved an outstanding 200% boost in sales thanks to practical support and on-site training from The Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) Yorkshire & Humber. Darron manufactures a range of high quality components which are supplied to the oil and gas industries and invited MAS specialist Kerry Cochran to assist in identifying improvements in their manufacturing processes by eliminating waste and assist in ensuring a "right first time" culture. Darron’s manufacturing director, Gerald Smith explained: "It was vital for us to improve our production planning process and reduce machine downtime and scrap if we were going to achieve both customer and shareholder demands. MAS has played a vital role in helping us to address these issues, resulting in a 40% reduction in overdue orders; as well as modernising our approach so that we could introduce ‘Lean’ into our manufacturing operations. "Since working with MAS, we’ve improved our performance to our customers and received encouraging comments from our parent company (the Schoeller-Bleckmann group)." The company is now making significant leaps forward; an aggressive sales plan has been delivered, helping to increase sales by 200% since 2005, with similar improvements seen in profitability.


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