Southport manufacturer to mark 50th Anniversary year with expansion
Now, as the firm heads into its golden anniversary year in 2014, the company is set to expand further, increasing its staff of 25 employees, growing sales in its key markets and developing new products, thanks to support from the Manufacturing Advisory Service.
UAL manufactures a wide range of products for businesses including heating, ventilating & air conditioning, catering equipment, outdoor heating and frost protection. They also design, develop and produce bespoke electronic control products.
With a company turnover of £1.2M, UAL relocated to a new purpose built facility on Southport Business Park in 1999 and is aiming to reach its 50th year of growth with record sales numbers.
To underpin this planned growth UAL needed to ensure that their manufacturing processes were as lean and cost effective as possible.
Dean Fashoni, UAL Operations Director, explains: “We recognised that we needed help to improve our manufacturing processes so we contacted MAS for help.
MAS Advisor Mark Sutherberry then came to see us to discuss how MAS could support the business. Following a thorough manufacturing review we were able to identify a number of improvement areas in our business processes that would really help us to work more efficiently and improve our profitability and we then chose consultant Bob Unsworth to work with us to support the work.”
A MAS funded improvement project was then given the go ahead to improve profitability and to ensure the company meets its growth targets. As a result of the support, UAL has been able to achieve significant reductions in lead times, a reduction in the cost of its manufacturing process and two new jobs have also been created.
Dean continues: “We simply couldn’t have made these improvements without the support from MAS. Bob didn’t just tell us what needed doing, he actually rolled up his sleeves and made the changes happen with the support of our employees. We’re very proud to have been trading from Southport for the past 50 years and feel confident that these new improvements will ensure that we can continue to employ more people and help to support the local economy.”
MAS Advisor Mark Sutherberry said, “UAL is a great example of a company with a proud heritage that just needed to take a step back from their business and look at how they could work smarter in order to keep growing the business.
The improved processes we have helped them to implement now mean that UAL is in a much better position to supply extra demand as the company expands.
They have also identified even more areas for improvement and we are currently undertaking a second MAS funded improvement project with them.