Best-performing manufacturers revealed

Today Insider Media publishes the second edition of the Manufacturing Growth Network (MGN), which includes sets of tables of the top performing manufacturers from the last quarter.

The tables detail the results in four key areas: Turnover, Productivity, Exports and Apprenticeships. They have been compiled by EY from data sent to it by MGN members from across the region.

As well as the tables, the MGN also carries in-depth interviews with four leaders from some of these top performing companies. They explain their strategies for growth and investments. Each highlights the strength, resilience and talent of their workforces as major factors in their success.

Brian Palmer, chief executive of Blyth robotics specialist Tharsus, talks about its unique business model and collaboration with customers; Neil Wilkinson, chief executive of Wallsend-based CMR throws light on its productivity improvements; James Ritchie, who leads Newton Aycliffe manufacturer Tekmar Energy, describes the company’s export strategies; and John Cruddace, head of production operations at Sunderland automotive firm Unipres, explains how its apprentices are making a real difference to the business.

In addition, there are thoughts and insights from the MGN sponsor organisations, NRG, Square One Law, EY and Lloyds Bank, as well as a sector review from trade body the EEF. Their expertise and sector knowledge add further insight into how the manufacturing sector is performing in today’s challenging economic times.

Philip Cunliffe, regional business editor of Insider, who edited the publication, said: “We’re delighted to be publishing this second quarterly manufacturing review in the MGN. It’s a comprehensive stock-take of how the sector is performing – and further proof, if it were needed, that there are some superb high-quality manufacturers in the region.”

Julie Mordue, client relationship manager of NRG, one of the MGN sponsors, said: “We are delighted with the second edition of MGN which showcases the region’s best-performing manufacturing businesses during Q4.  Thank you to all those who provided the data in order to compile the results and congratulations to Tharsus Group, Astley Signs, Formica Group and CMR who head up performance tables in areas of Turnover, Productivity, Exports and Apprenticeships.

“We would also like to welcome and congratulate Tomlinson Hall to the Manufacturing Growth Network this quarter.  The Billingham based manufacturer of air, vacuum and liquid pumps, submitted data for the first time, securing 2nd place in the Exports table.

“We want to continue to build the MGN to collect and share experience and knowledge, as well as benchmark output cross and vertical sectors.  If you are not already a member, please contact us – it’s free to join!.”