Insights

MGN Insight – History in the making

Formica's European Chief Operating Officer Paul Foreman talks to MGN about their apprentices

Formica is one of those instantly recognisable brand names – but one that has had a somewhat up-and-down history. Over the course of the 105 years of its existence, it has seen highs and lows in fortunes, in image and in fashion. But the strength of the brand name has endured and the company has […]

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MGN Insight – One in a Million

Husqvarna speak to MGN about success in exports table

To manufacture one million robotic products in just 11 years is an achievement for any company. To be on course to double this number within the next few years is truly astonishing.   Husqvarna UK, based in Newton Aycliffe are members of the Manufacturing Growth Network (MGN) and share details of the amazing growth recorded of […]

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MGN Insight – The Productivity Principle

DS Smith talks to Insider Media all things productivity

The DS Smith plant in Spennymoor specialises in supplying plastics and foam products, principally to the automotive industry in the UK. It delivers high quality packaging and other components, for example bumper cores, seating, boot spacers and side impact protection components. A lot of the products are supplied into Nissan through OEMs and it is […]

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MGN Insight – Pump up the Turnover

MGN interview with Colin Simpson of Tomlinson Hall

Tomlinson Hall is a distributor of a wide range of leading pump brands, and works with customers in the UK and in markets across the globe. The company also manufactures its own range of pumps, including the liquid ring vacuum pump Liquivac which is only made in the UK and has its own global distribution […]

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MGN Insights – Building for the Future

John Cruddace, operations director of Unipres talks to MGN about their new Academy

Sunderland-based Unipres is an automotive components manufacturer, producing lightweight, high tensile-strength steel parts for Nissan, Renault and Honda. The company has been operating from the North East since 1986 and employs 1400 people. As a Tier One supplier to such well-known OEMs requires a highly skilled, highly motivated and committed workforce and Unipres has spent […]

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MGN Insight – Supplying the world from Newton Aycliffe

James Ritchie, ceo of Tekmar Energy talks to MGN about supplying the world from Newton Aycliffe

Tekmar Energy is a market leader in submarine cable protection systems, providing subsea cables and engineering services around the world. It employs over 100 people at its Newton Aycliffe site and had a turnover last year of just under £20m. Operating in the offshore wind, oil & gas, wave, tidal and interconnector markets since 1985, […]

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MGN Insight – An emerging business in an emerging market

Brian Palmer of Tharsus Group talks to MGN about their emerging business

2009 was a watershed year for Tharsus. As Tharsus Vision it was a supplier to the outdoor advertising industry, with clients such as London Underground. But, almost overnight, that market disappeared – reduced advertising spends coupled with increased capital costs chiefly to blame. So the company had a choice: should they fold or should they […]

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MGN Insight – Productivity & efficiency through quality people and processes

Neil Wilkinson talks to MGN

CMR is a business based in Wallsend that has been quietly growing and developing a strong global reputation for over 30 years. It has unique expertise in wiring systems, sensors, controls and other electronic instrumentation and achieved turnover in the UK of £24m last year and is well on course to reach £30m this year. […]

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North East manufacturing – a strong and growing sector

The North East manufacturing sector is strong and growing with the number of manufacturing companies in the region increasing by 3.9% to 4,235 businesses in 2017, the fastest growth within the UK*. Despite recently losing it’s position as the only region in the UK to experience a positive balance of trade, the North East’s manufacturing […]

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MGN Insight – Reaping the benefits of Apprentices

Kate Wickham, MD of Gateshead based specialist print manufacturer Gate 7

By Philip Cunliffe, Regional Business Editor at Insider The head of a Gateshead manufacturing business has spoken about the difficulties of getting the right young apprentices into the business. Kate Wickham, the managing director of decal manufacturer Gate 7, was interviewed by Insider for the first edition of the Manufacturing Growth Network (MGN). Gate 7, […]

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