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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MGN Insight – Supportive Customers the Key to Exporting Success

By Laurence Kilgannon, Insider’s Digital News Editor Seaham-based family dairy processing company Prima Cheese has recently broken into China to expand its growing list of overseas customers. Already supplying its cheese products into Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong, the move into the lucrative Chinese market was the next logical step. And Prima Cheese now has its […]

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MGN Insight – Process Improvements to Boost Productivity

Focussing on efficiency gains and cost reductions has seen the company make numerous changes to the way the business operates.

By Philip Cunliffe, Business Editor of Insider Media A strong forward order book has led metal roofing and cladding systems manufacturer CA Group to not only expand its facility in Evenwood, County Durham, but to make process improvements to further boost its productivity. The focus on efficiency gains and cost reductions has seen the company […]

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How do we attract tomorrow’s talent to manufacturing?

By Julie Mordue As one of the top 5 UK regions for advanced manufacturing, the pressure on sourcing skilled talent in the North East region heightens the need for each employer to define their long term talent strategy. In a competitive talent market manufacturing is not always viewed as offering the most attractive career prospects […]

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Combining technology with production

Hyperdrive Innovation managing director of operations Chris Pennison speaks to Julie Mordue, client relationship manager at NRG about combining technology with production, increased productivity and innovative engineering projects which are already in line with the government’s ‘Building our Industrial Strategy’ green paper to deliver affordable energy and clean growth. Hyperdrive Innovation is a disruptor to […]

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